What social insects can teach us about resilient infrastructure

January 4, 2018 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Eliza Middleton Accidents, natural disasters and random or targeted attacks can cripple human infrastructure. Our transportation networks, supply chains and communication networks are increasing in size and becoming more complex as our populations grow. How […]

China’s fight against desertification should not be done at the cost of water security

December 22, 2017 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Kai Schwärzel United Nations University For the first time, China has hosted a major global event on desertification and land degradation, COP13 — the 13th meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. The […]

Shock decline in flying insects

October 16, 2017 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Tim Radford The mass of flying insects in parts of Germany has fallen by three-quarters in the last 27 years. Since the territories sampled were all nature reserves in some way protected from pesticides and […]

Climate change could alter the chemistry of deepwater lakes

July 9, 2017 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Alexander L. Forrest, University of California, Davis In an age of rapid global population growth, demand for safe, clean water is constantly increasing. In 2010 the United States alone used 355 billion gallons of water per […]

It’s official: 2016’s Great Barrier Reef bleaching was unlike anything that went before

January 4, 2017 Get Resilient 0

Contributors: Sophie Lewis & Jennie Mallela It is no longer news that the Great Barrier Reef has suffered extreme bleaching. In early 2016, we heard that the reef had suffered the worst bleaching ever recorded. Surveys published in June […]

Balancing efficiency and resilience: a recipe for systems that last

August 2, 2015 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Ella Jamsin Over the course of evolution, ecosystems have perfected their strategies for long-term prosperity, in particular by balancing efficiency with what makes systems resilient to perturbations. After over four billion years of natural […]

Natural buffers: managing wetlands for flood resilience

October 12, 2014 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler For years communities across the world have suffered the devastating effects of flooding. It is likely that climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of many of these flood events, and […]

Our wet winter showed the relevance of resilience… and how far we are from getting it right

March 15, 2014 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler The winter weather was quite something wasn’t it? Our newspapers and TV channels were saturated with images of the kind that would have made biblical people stop mocking Noah. Reporter after reporter […]

Water, conflict and rediscovering traditional knowledge in Kenya

February 14, 2014 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Joab Omondi As climate change continues to bite hard in developing countries, many governments in Africa have come to realise that there is an urgent need for adaptation to cushion their people against climate […]

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