To limit environmental vulnerabilities and protect the urban poor, it is crucial that municipal governments partner with local communities.
The cataclysmic earthquake that devastated the Island of Haiti caused endless death and suffering to a nation already steeped in a history of poverty and turmoil.
This week marked six months since Superstorm Sandy left entire communities devastated, families homeless, and many with little hope. But in the midst of this natural disaster, many banded together. One young filmmaker in New York, Farihah Zaman, caught that resilience and acts of service on video.
We do not know why bad things happen to good people, but we can do what we can to help, and to remember that underneath those dark clouds, the sun is still shining.
This has been an impossible couple of weeks of tragedy and triumph, brokenness and bravery, gory injuries and graciousness, terror and tenacity, angry words and awakenings, betrayal and blessing.
Now is the time for governments, public and private entities, financial institutions, NGOs and communities to work together to create change in construction practice and build resilient communities before the next earthquake strikes.
Two nightmare scenarios -- a global scarcity of vital resources and the onset of extreme climate change -- are already beginning to converge and in the coming decades are likely to produce a tidal wave of unrest, rebellion, competition, and conflict.
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The October eruption was the start of a series of increasingly violent eruptions that took place over the following three weeks. In the end, more than 350 people were killed and hundreds more injured
My recent trip to Haiti brought me into constant contact with people who inspired me and others to take action. It didn't matter where they came from or what work they did, they were actively making those words real. We can all make those words come alive be it here in Philadelphia, in Haiti, or in your own backyard.
Thanks to climate change -- that is, the greenhouse gases we've been pumping into the atmosphere at record levels -- the distinction between man-made catastrophes and natural ones is rapidly blurring.
In 2007, a financial firestorm ravaged Wall Street and the rest of the country. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy obliterated a substantial chunk of the Atlantic seaboard. We think of the first as a man-made calamity, the second as the malignant innocence of nature.
Recently I had the opportunity to talk to Miss Ghost Hole and ask her some questions about her dizzying rise to power and her ongoing agenda.
Anthropologist Mark Schuller's new book Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs examines why abundant foreign aid dollars and agencies have not improved the socio-economic status or security of Haiti's people.
Progress is being made and worldwide government and humanitarian efforts have been helpful. The U.S. needs to keep the pressure on the Haitian government to maintain the development of its democratic institutions.
Two years have gone by, and there is still so much to do. It is up to us to work with the people in the affected areas to keep going, and to overcome all that stands between them and recovery.