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The urban dream vs the urban myth

The urban dream vs the urban myth

Richard Simpson and Anke Stoffregen comment upon ways of climate-proofing and integrating disaster and risk management into the local fabric of villages, towns, cities and regions

  • Comment
Complex collapse rescue

Complex collapse rescue

Around 70 people died when a six-storey building collapsed in Delhi recently. Lack of access, crowd control and the worry of further collapse were all major factors in the rescue, says R C Sharma, who describes how ‘unauthorised’ buildings continue to be a threat to life

  • Incident
Drilling for rescue

Drilling for rescue

That the rescue of 33 Chilean miners in September 2010 was successful was down to an unusual assortment of skills and experience brought to bear on what appeared to be a slender hope. Hilary Phillips talks to some of those who were involved

  • Incident
Toxic torrent sweeps through towns

Toxic torrent sweeps through towns

Emily Hough reports on the river of toxic sludge that engulfed houses in Hungary after a dike gave way in October, looks at the response and recovery and examines how the government communicated with its citizens and the media, both at home and abroad

  • Incident
Forest fire claims 44 lives

Forest fire claims 44 lives

Fires in Israel’s open areas are not new; there are some 1,000 such blazes a year, writes Jay Levinson. But December’s deadly wildfire was the worst the country has ever experienced

  • Incident
On the front-line of Europe's response

On the front-line of Europe's response

Emily Hough speaks to Kristalina Georgieva to learn about her fi rst 12 months as European Commissioner for International Co-operation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response

  • Interview
Working with communities

Working with communities

Christo Motz speaks to Bernd Noggler of the Department of Civil Protection in the Austrian province of Tirol to discuss how the region’s particular geography and risks foster individual self-reliance and promote a spirit of volunteering

  • Interview
Airport safety in Beirut

Airport safety in Beirut

Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport is nearing the completion of an ambitious development plan, with even more expansion on the horizon. How do safety and firefighting fit into this? Emily Hough speaks to Carl Rizk, the airport’s Head of Safety

  • Interview
Life after FiReControl

Life after FiReControl

CRJ called Cassidian following the recent termination of the FiReControl contract in the UK and spoke to Terry Standing

  • Interview
Severe snowstorms: a two-country comparison

Severe snowstorms: a two-country comparison

December 2010’s unusually severe winter weather hit many parts of Europe, including areas where long white winters are expected, says Kevin Probert-Ehaver, who looks at what happened to road transport networks in Scotland and Estonia

  • Weather
Moscow air transport collapse

Moscow air transport collapse

Last year was exceptional for weather extremes in Moscow, culminating in a severe ice storm that paralysed the capital’s airports, writes Lina Kolesnikova

  • Weather
Fire policy development

Fire policy development

The English Fire and Rescue Service is undergoing another strategic review, but this time there is a difference: the Government has asked the sector itself to lead the process. Dennis Davis explains

Satellites: an information leap for crisis response

Satellites: an information leap for crisis response

Satellite imagery and GPS technologies are mainstream tools for informed decision-making and efficient crisis response. Now, the humanitarian community has technological solutions to make emergency response more effi cient and accountable, says Einar Bjorgo

Disaster risks in urban areas and cities: a global challenge

Disaster risks in urban areas and cities: a global challenge

Disasters continue to impose increasing losses and damage on nations and communities, creating serious challenges for the socio-economic development of many countries, says Mostafa Mohaghegh, who is guest editing CRJ’s feature on disaster risk reduction and management in urban areas and cities

  • Resilience
Making cities resilient

Making cities resilient

Emily Hough interviews Helena Molin Valdés to find out about the UNISDR’s initiatives to improve the resilience of urban areas to the increasingly severe threat of natural hazards

  • Resilience
  • Urban
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