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IRI Uses Climate Information to Help Prepare for Disasters

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society is starting to get serious about the use of climate information to inform disaster preparedness and management. This includes efforts growing from the IRI’s Partnership to Save Lives with the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Socieities, as well as those related to the upcoming Climate and Society Publication: A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management.

Though we can’t expect the Climate and Society Publication itself until early 2011, activities designed to inform it are already taking place. One of these – a stakeholder workshop exploring the use of climate information for disaster risk management for the humanitarian community in East Africa – is currently highlighted on the IRI homepage. For more information, please follow this link.

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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