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Preparing to live sustainably alongside increasing natural risks

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The past few weeks have been a grim reminder that natural disasters know no borders. They can strike countries at opposite ends of the globe simultaneously and whether in Asia or North America, the images of people and livelihoods being swept away are disturbing. Intense monsoon floods, typhoon Hato, tropical storm Harvey and hurricane Irma, all raise questions about what more can be done to both mitigate the risks of extreme weather conditions and improve relief operations.

Disasters are becoming more frequent and intense. The U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in its recent report "Disaster resilience for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Leaving no one behind," shows natural disasters were responsible for the loss of two million lives and cost the region’s economy $1.3 trillion between 1970 and 2016. Over 90% of deaths were due to earthquakes, tsunamis,........

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