Vulnerability, exposure, and disasters

The office is half empty, so I’m just catching up here really.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a piece in the Guardian that I thought missed a really important part of the story regarding the increase of weather related disasters. I had a bit of a moan, and, fair play to the Graun, they asked me to write an article. I enlisted the help of my colleague Andy Wiltshire, and got to it.

Here is the resulting piece. Feedback was pretty positive, but RPJ suggested we should link to some  sources, which I think is fair enough. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is in two links. The first is to the IPCC SREX, the “Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”. This came out in 2012, and quite possibly forms the template for a new way of working for the IPCC (shorter reports, tighter focus).

The second link is to the IPCC fifth assesment report, of working group 2. This came out late last year. The “Summary for Policymakers” (SPM) parts of these documents are excellent places to start. SREX. AR5 WG2.

I’ve also added a summary of some of my recent work and media stuff to the front page of the blog, under “work”.



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