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Vietnam: scientist admits natural calamities getting more unpredictable

16 November 2013

VietNamNet Bridge – The number of typhoons landing in Vietnam tends to be increasing, while it is more difficult to forecast natural calamities, according to Bao Thanh, Deputy Head of the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Environment.


At least 12 typhoons and tropical depressions appear on the East Sea every year, 45 percent of which originate from the East Sea, while the other 55 percent from Pacific Ocean.


About 7 typhoons have direct impacts on Vietnam ever year, and five land or have direct impacts on the mainland.

Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas

30 October 2013

The sixth annual release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas reveals that 31% of global economic output will be based in countries facing ‘high’ or ‘extreme risks’ from the impacts of climate change by the year 2025 – a 50% increase on current levels and more than double since the company began researching the issue in 2008.

According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI), which forms a central part of the Atlas, this includes 67 countries whose estimated combined output of $44 trillion will come under increasing threat from the physical impacts of more

Disaster risk reduction gets only 0.4 percent of aid - report

21 September 2013

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The international community spent $13.5 billion on reducing the risk of disasters in the past two decades, just 40 cents for every $100 of aid, and a tiny amount compared with the $862 billion in disaster losses suffered by developing countries, according to a new study.

The report from the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said funding for disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been concentrated in a small number of middle-income countries, such as China and Indonesia, with many high-risk nations - especially poor, drought-prone states in

What's the best way of communicating climate change uncertainties?

19 September 2013

The first of the blockbuster Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports is due to be published next week, and already the debate is hotting up over two key uncertainties: how much temperature rise can we expect, and how much the sea level might increase. 

As much of the debate about climate change concerns the future, there are bound to be degrees of uncertainty about the timing, pace and severity of possible impacts.  But how should scientists communicate them in a way that policy makers and the general public understand them?

The 30-page summary for policy makers, which