"Climate change is driving a worldwide increase in extreme events. The latest
State of the Climate
report confirms the risks of disasters are rising in
Repeated floods have devastated our east coast. Other extreme events are
getting worse too. Since 1987 bushfires have burnt increasing areas, peaking in
This is in Australia – one of the world’s wealthiest countries. In developing
countries such as Pakistan, which has been devastated by floods, the situation
is much worse. COP27 ended with an agreement on “loss and damage” funding for
these vulnerable countries.
Yet the scale of climate-fuelled disasters is far greater than any such fund
can cover. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction predicts the
world will face 560 disasters per year by 2030. Reducing emissions is a
priority, of course, but even under the best-case scenarios we face compounding
impacts on cities, infrastructure and services.
Incremental approaches to disaster management cannot keep up. We must plan for
the worst bushfire, the worst flood, the worst drought.
This article offers four examples of potential solutions that are being
developed to stop bushfires, storms and floods in their tracks.
Although ambitious, it’s the best way to prevent deaths and destruction. Only
when that’s not possible should we pour all efforts into keeping people safe
and minimising damage."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics