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How, in today’s world of increasing urbanization, can we better prepare for increasingly frequent natural disasters and extreme weather events? One answer is to focus on communities, said speakers at a recent event dubbed Cities and Climate Change Adaptation: What We Can Learn About Resilience from Those Living on the Edge. When people living in a neighborhood trust and rely on each other enough, evidence shows that they work together and rebuild more quickly after a disaster.

In First Year, Global Fight Against NCDs Gathers Momentum

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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Efforts Recognized In Northern Guatemala

Ever looked at an empty plastic soda bottle as you’re throwing it away and wondered where they all end up? In Guatemala, they may become a sturdy wall in a new school.

Students, teachers and parents in the northern municipality of Raxruhá joined an innovative program that creates “eco-bricks,” in which plastic water and soda bottles are filled with inorganic plastic trash that can be used to create a variety of structures, from trashcans to classrooms.

Minority Groups Stand Up For Rights To Land And Natural Resources In Cambodia

In Cambodia’s northern-most province of Ratanakiri, Sap Lan shows visitors her rice field. The indigenous Kavet woman says that normally by this time the plants are up to her waist. Late rainfall in 2010 meant her rice plants barely reached her ankle. She  counted on harvesting wild fruits and vegetables from the surrounding forest for food and to earn money to buy rice.

Truth and Consequences

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