Technology Adoption

Natural Disaster Risk Index

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http://peacewindsamerica.org/why-asia-pacific/

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Natural Disaster Risk Index

The actual risk for a country to suffer in a long term from a natural disaster depends on the actual exposure but also on the vulnerability of a society (how can they cope and adapt to the event). Central America as well as big parts of Africa and Asia are at high risk to suffer in a long term from natural disasters. ... Read more about Natural Disaster Risk Index

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A comparison of the impact of an earthquake Chile and Haiti

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http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article/read/worldriskreport-2011

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A comparison of the impact of an earthquake Chile and Haiti

The chart compares 2 earthquakes and their different results for the countries. The number of deaths for Haiti is far higher (higher population density and a lesser standard of living, worse conditions after the event). However, the material loss for Chile was higher due to a bigger economy but the actual impact of the economy was far less due to a higher GDP, quicker response and better measures after the event. Different factors of a country decide about the long-term impact of a natural disaster . ... Read more about A comparison of the impact of an earthquake Chile and Haiti

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Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail

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Dan Collyns
Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail
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Five thousand metres above the most biodiverse corner of the Amazon, tropical ecologist Greg Asner and his team see a kaleidoscope of colours among a mass of green.

Huddled in a twin-engine Dornier 228 aeroplane called the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, the scientists are capturing multicoloured images of the Peruvian rainforest canopy that verge on the psychedelic. ... Read more about Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail

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Water monitoring system aids Kenyan herders

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Geoffrey Kamadi
Water monitoring system aids Kenyan herders
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AlertNet) – Satellite technology is coming to the aid of pastoralists in drought-stricken Kenya, with the expansion of a water monitoring system that aims to reduce livestock loss.

The Livestock Early Warning System combines information uploaded by villagers with satellite data to create a virtually real-time map of forage and water conditions.

A successful pilot project in Turkana district in northwest Kenya is being considered for extension across the country. ... Read more about Water monitoring system aids Kenyan herders

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World radio day: an opportunity to celebrate an unsung hero

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Amy O'Donnell
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 World Radio Day celebrates radio's role in empowering people in remote communities – not just as a source of information, but increasingly as a way to make their own voices heard ... Read more about World radio day: an opportunity to celebrate an unsung hero

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The charitable face of data use

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Tanzeel Akhtar
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A new group of innovative non-governmental organisations are springing up in the wake of disasters around the world, driven by complex data analysis and backed by telecom brands

Signing up refugees via mobile phone, Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya

When a massive earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, the United Nations found that data collected through mobile telephones was crucial to delivering its relief programmes in the region. ... Read more about The charitable face of data use

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CAMBODIA: Using text messaging as weapon in malaria war

CAMBODIA: Using text messaging as weapon in malaria war
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TA REACH, 6 September 2011 (IRIN) - Cambodian efforts to contain the spread of malaria have been strengthened by a pilot project using text messaging and web-based technology."My work is definitely easier," said Sophana Pich, 41, one of 184 village malaria workers (VMWs) now trained in three provinces (Kampot, Siem Reap and Kampong Cham) since the project launch earlier this year.
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