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EMERGENCIES, THREATS AND DISASTERS
Congo declares end to worst yellow fever epidemic in decades
Reuters, 15 Feb
Democratic Republic of Congo's worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has ended two months after Angola declared its epidemic to be over, following a massive U.N.-backed vaccine campaign, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
The Amount of Sea Ice missing from the Arctic this winter is Roughly Twice the Size of France
UN Dispatch, 14 Feb
Something is very wrong on our planet’s poles. Temperatures soared in the Arctic over the weekend as the storm system that brought snow and freezing rain to the US’s east coast this week pushed warm air into the Arctic. Scientists are alarmed because it’s the third time temperatures have seen a far-above-average bump during a winter that has already been relatively balmy.
Haiti radio drama teaches people how to stay alive during disasters
PreventionWeb, 13 Feb
A popular UN-backed radio drama series is teaching people in Haiti how to stay alive when disasters hit, the producer of the show, Christina Guerin, has said. While Haiti was still recovering from a devastating earthquake that ravaged the island nation in 2010, Hurricane Matthew caused further deadly destruction in October last year.
Flood-prevention steps discovered lacking at 10 nuclear power plants
PreventionWeb, 9 Feb
The NRA told the power companies last November to inspect reactor buildings and on other important equipment after some 6.5 tons of rainwater entered the No. 2 reactor building at Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika plant in September 2016.
Recovery postponed: The long-term plight of people displaced by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear radiation disaster
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), 2017
This document discusses how almost six years after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, despite the overall good recovery progress, some areas have lagged behind and 134,000 evacuees continue to live in displacement. Prolonged and protracted displacement has had profound and disproportionate impacts on the more vulnerable members of society, particularly older people.
Yellow fever vaccination recommendations for International Travellers related to current situation in Brazil
WHO, 14 Feb
As of 13 February 2017, yellow fever virus transmission continues to expand towards the Atlantic coast of Brazil in areas not deemed to be at risk for yellow fever transmission prior to the revised risk assessment published by WHO in the Disease Outbreak News of 27 January 2017, and...
Removing the Viral Threat: Two Months to Stop Pandemic X From Taking Hold
DARPA, 6 Feb
DARPA is now launching the Pandemic Prevention Platform (P3) program, aimed at developing that foundational work into an entire system capable of halting the spread of any viral disease outbreak before it can escalate to pandemic status.
How to Manage Global Catastrophic Risk
Brookings, 15 Feb
On February 15, Governance Studies at Brookings will host an event to discuss the management of global catastrophic risk. For decades, international organizations such as the UN, the IMF, and the World Bank have helped national, regional, and global leaders tackle these challenges. However, many believe that new approaches and fresh thinking are needed in the global governance arena.
The region is also on alert for a possible outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza that has already been confirmed in Egypt, Nigeria and Uganda.