Natural Hazards and Disasters Archive

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    New

    We are moving to a rolling format – to make Tunza more relevant and immediate for you all. Now stories will be loaded frequently, rather than expecting to read a...

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  • Haiti map

    On the map

    Getting help to where it’s needed in the critical first hours after a disaster depends on good maps. But as recently as five years ago only 15 per cent of...

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  • Keeping the peace

    Keeping the peace

    Sophie Ravier, 33, works as an environmental officer of the UN Department of Field Support, which is in charge of logistical support for UN peacekeeping missions. TUNZA asked her about...

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  • food first

    Food first

    A hungry child sits in the rubble of her home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The house she has lived in is gone: the city is in ruins; shops, businesses and banks...

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  • Zhang Heng

    Heroes of hazard

    Gro Harlem Brundtland 1939- At 41, Gro Harlem Brundtland became Norway’s youngest-ever, and first female prime minister, serving in the office for nine years in three separate terms. But her...

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  • looking forward

    Looking forward?

    Most of us know three or four generations of our families: us, our parents, our grandparents, and maybe some great grandparents too. Of course, we humans go back thousands of...

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  • on the safe side

    On the safe side

    It is not easy to evaluate risks. We are all exposed, directly and indirectly, to an array of chemicals, medicines and other products, many of which have only recently been...

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  • Locust

    Pests and pestilence

    Famine has many fathers. Sometimes it is caused by drought, sometimes by poor policies, sometimes by conflict, often by a combination of factors. And pests and diseases can be responsible...

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  • Live Aid

    Remember the day you wanted to HELP?

    On 13 July 1985, 72,000 people gathered at Wembley Stadium, London, and 90,000 at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, for Live Aid, a massive, transcontinental rock concert broadcast live to...

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  • Swimming at the top of the world

    Swimming at the top of the world

    On 22 May 2010, Lewis Gordon Pugh undertook a 1-kilometre swim in the freezing waters of Pumori Lake – a glacial lake at an altitude of 5,300 metres under the...

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