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Managing the Perfect Storm: How Healthy Ecosystems Increase Resilience

ReliefNet. Why are people in Asia and the Pacific particularly vulnerable to climate change? The answers may lie in a combination of factors that literally creates a “perfect storm”: a high incidence of poverty, reliance on …

Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley Working to Get Feds to Fund More Flood Infrastructure

The Post and Courier. Over the course of the 40 years he was in office, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley fought vigorously for federal dollars to help pay for the city’s major drainage projects, including the deep-tunnel …

World Cities Day: “Better City, Better Life”

Smart Cities World. The UK city of Liverpool is hosting the main event which brings together mayors, national and local governments and city experts. Read more

Resilience of Supply Chain Networks to Major Disruptions Can Now Be Measured Using a Multi-Factor Test

Phys.Org “By analyzing the structure of a supply chain network and the resilience of its components, A*STAR researchers have developed an analytic measure that will allow a company to determine its vulnerability to major supply chain …

The Science of Resilience: What are the Ingredients That Help People Cope?

(Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Science Magazine). Read more here.

Building Resilience Through Basketballs and Berries

(Anne Hillman, Alaksa Public Media) What makes a healthy community? What makes young people in a village thrive? The young people in Noatak have some good ideas. Read more here.

Speaking Truth to Power: Please Don’t Call Them Natural Disasters

Richard Olson (Director of Extreme Events Institute at Florida International University) argues in this Natural Hazards op-ed that a persistent problem in public discourse is the penchant of public officials and the media to label major damaging events …

Ratcheting up America’s resilience | October 4, 2017

My good friend Bill Hooke (if you can call anyone you’ve met face-to-face three times a good friend, but I do admire the heck out of him) has a marvelous set of posts at his Living …

How can we build cities to be resilient to the challenges of the 21st century?

Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, shares her thoughts on how governments can partner with communities to strengthen resilience planning…Read More

The Resilience of Congress

My colleague, Robin White, received an email the other day that she forwarded to me (It’s a little like the old commercial – “Give it to Mikey, he’ll eat anything,” only in this case it’s “send …

Minsky Moments

As Dan Alesch has pointed out, we designate disasters by their triggering events, but we recognize them by their impacts.  Thus, we know Katrina and Sandy by the devastation they created; had they exhausted their energies …