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Whenever a disaster strikes, such as the 2011 Fukushima meltdown or the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, our instinctive response is to overcome the shock, assist the victims, and return to normal as quickly as possible. But perhaps returning to normal is the wrong strategy. Perhaps, instead, we should try to understand the changing conditions that triggered the disaster, and adapt to the new...

Each year, billions of dollars in energy infrastructure are damaged or destroyed as a result of natural disasters, causing significant social and economic disruptions. Climate change and urbanization, especially the growth of megacities, are amplifying these threats, and the frequency and costs of disasters are rising. However, simply restoring infrastructure systems of the past may be ill-...

Noteworthy

Presidents of colleges and universities from California to Maine, including community colleges, four-year colleges, and multi-campus research institutions, are joining together to endorse a new...

A new global report by The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) teamed with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and others, provides compelling evidence of the growing impact of...

Preparing communities to cope with potential disasters is a tricky challenge, particularly when no one can predict with any confidence either the likelihood or the impacts of disasters.

To...

The United Nations Environment Programme launched a new initiative in June 2012 called Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), in collaboration with leading insurers from around the world. One of...

The Rockefeller Foundation has established a bold new project aimed at improving the resilience of cities around the world. They define resilience as, "the capacity of individuals, communities,...

The cloud-computing industry, a huge and rapidly growing area of the technology sector, has been making headlines recently. A report by Greenpeace called ''Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating...

Is there a connection between neuroscience and conflict resolution? Beyond Conflict, a Cambridge-based NGO, would say there is.

In an ongoing collaborative effort with MIT's SaxeLab for Social...

It is said that history repeats itself. Facing History and Ourselves is an NGO seeking to prevent some of history's worst atrocities by educating students about them.

The organization provides...

Whale conservation just took a significant step forward. Earlier this year, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a ruling that Japan's whaling expeditions to the Southern Ocean are not...

Plastics can be found in every ocean and sea around the world. Around 80 percent of the litter found in the ocean starts on land, and most of it is plastic. This plastic rubbish pollutes the water and...

In the United States, homelessness is a big issue. Currently there are around 1.75 million people without a home, and many of these are young teenagers. The most common reasons for being homeless are...

When wars end, those who fought them are often forgotten. The same has been true with the Iraq and Afghan wars. The US has not turned on its veterans as it once did after Vietnam, but neither is there...

Two island countries on opposite sides of the globe both made news recently for declaring fishing-free zones on their shores. And both have novel ways of patrolling and enforcement—drones.

The...

Five years ago, a 20-minute YouTube video called “The Story of Stuff” went viral. The creators can now count 40 million total views of their series, which includes videos on the stories of cosmetics...

D. O. M, a unique restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, has been shaking up the culinary world. Founded by renowned chef, Alex Atala, the dishes are sourced from the traditional ingredients of Brazil, in...

Perspectives

Guest Editor for the Resilience Issue

While it is clear that the pace and pattern of global economic growth is unsustainable, we are slow in responding to this challenge. Sustainability advocates offer visions of...

Across the US, billions of dollars are devoted towards large scale ecosystem restoration programs. The Everglades in Florida is the recipient of a $15 billion program over 30 years; Chesapeake Bay $7 billion over a decade. The list goes on: the...

We are entering a new urban era where the planet is increasingly influenced by human activities and where cities have become a central nexus of the relationship between people and nature, both as crucial centers of demand for ecosystem services,...

A Marine Corps friend of mine defines resilience as the ability to take a gut punch and come back swinging. More formally, it is said to be the capacity to maintain core functions and values in the face of outside disturbance. Either way, the...

Interview

An Interview with David Bresch, Head of Sustainability and Political Risk Management, Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

Editorial

Disaster Resilience: Reflections from a National Conference

Featured Media Review

Book

Iris Goodman is the Associate Guest Editor of the Resilience Issue

Resilience Practice ably picks up where Resilience Thinking (2010) left off....