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· August, 2021

Stories about Disaster from August, 2021

How a Haitian bakery is using the breadfruit tree to foster resilience after the earthquake

"A single breadfruit tree [can] produce enough fruit to feed an entire family, and can live up to 80-100 years, providing entrepreneurs in Haiti with professional opportunities for years to...

Masks save lives, but they’re also becoming a gargantuan waste problem

The pandemic has led to an exponential rise in the amount of plastic waste and in Nepal, much of it is not properly segregated or disposed of.

Déjà vu as bauxite company pollutes an iconic Jamaican river, yet again

"The repeated nature of these offences suggests a lack of respect for Jamaica’s environmental laws and regulations and the human rights of those who have been negatively affected."

Code Red: climate crisis is inflaming extreme weather disasters

'To me, the most important part of this week's big IPCC climate report is that science has now established a direct causal link between fossil fuel burning and extreme weather.'

Bhutan's COVID-19 vaccination success a “beacon of hope” for South Asia

Bhutan has even been able to help other countries, sending 230,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nepal.

Eleven years after its last devastating earthquake, an even stronger one hits Haiti

Not only was this earthquake more intense than 2010's, it was also closer to the surface, and was followed by several substantial aftershocks, prompting a tsunami alert in the region.

In Turkey, a social media battle amid ongoing blazes

To counter the trending #HelpTurkey the government responded with its own hashtags #StrongTurkiye and #WeDontNeedHelp.

Climate change in the Pacific: “The time is now” to avoid catastrophe

"This is a final call for action and that we do not have any more excuses, or time to lose, and that every single degree matters."

Wildfires rampaging through North Macedonia are destroying remaining forests

In response to wildfires ravaging throughout North Macedonia, the government mobilized the the army for firefighting, and imposed complete ban on movement in forest areas, declaring a state of crisis.

Floods take parts of Trinidad by storm

While the Met office warned that “August is likely to be wetter than usual,” no one quite expected the degree of flooding that took place.

In Turkey, continuing forest fires are destroying livelihoods

As the extent of the damage comes to light, the ruling Justice and Development Party has faced criticism and public outcry for the country's lack of safety measures and emergency plans.

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