Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires, have the potential to devastate people’s everyday lives by causing injuries and death, destroying homes and infrastructure, and wreaking economic havoc. From 2000 through 2019, there were 7,348 major disaster events worldwide, which claimed 1.23 million lives, affected 4.2 billion people (many more than once), and resulted in approximately U.S. $2.97 trillion in global economic losses. Governments usually lead recovery efforts by...
April 29, 2019January 27, 2021News in Brief, Spring 2019
U.S. GAO Launches Center for Strategic Foresight
To achieve positive, long-term outcomes, James-Christian Blockwood, Managing Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Strategic Planning and External Liaison (SPEL) office, believes creatively and critically thinking about emerging trends and future challenges and collaborating with experts are necessary efforts...
October 1, 2018November 2, 2020Autumn 2018, News in Brief
The Water Will Come: A Conversation with Prominent Climate Change Expert
"It's a done deal. We are going to get a significant amount of sea level rise.” Jeff Goodell does not mince words. “Sea-level rise is one of the central facts of our time, as real as gravity. It will reshape our world in ways most of us can only dimly imagine"...