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The 1991 Eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines

23 May 2017

Pinatubo eruption from Clark Air Base, Richard P. Hoblitt The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines on 12th-16th June  1991 was the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century, exceeded only by the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in the Alaska Peninsula. It produced the largest [read more]

UN Agencies Scale Up Efforts to Save lives in Southern Madagascar

21 October 2016

Press Release 20 October 2016 JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI – Following findings from a recent food security assessment across southern Madagascar, UN agencies are scaling up closely coordinated efforts to prevent an already dire situation from becoming a catastrophe. Women at WFP distribution of food [read more]

El Niño: A looming disaster

2 March 2016

The impact of a “Godzilla El Niño” is already being felt across the world, but is the Pakistani government ready? Fahad Saeed – The Third Pole This year the world is in for a double whammy – climate change along with an El Nino effect so large, that the climatologist Bill Patzert, with [read more]

UN agencies warn of escalating food crisis in South Sudan

8 February 2016

Rise in hunger at harvest time; harsh and prolonged 2016 lean season approaching. Joint FAO-UNICEF-WFP News Release 8 February 2016, Juba – South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people — nearly 25 percent of the country’s population — remain [read more]

Nepal earthquake highlights dangers of dam building in Tibet

6 May 2015

Liu Qin – article reproduced from www.thethirdpole.net under commons licence Hydropower development in Tibet is fraught with huge risks because of the danger of major earthquakes. What’s more, the projects might not be needed, say expertsAlthough the precise picture is still unclear, [read more]

Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda)

26 November 2014

Typhoon Haiyan hit the central islands of the Philippines on the 8th November 2013 with a force that killed between 6,000 and 7,500 people.  With sustained wind speeds of more than 310 kilometres per hour, Haiyan was the most powerful tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. The [read more]
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