Google has set up a user-generated Person Finder tool and a Crisis Map for the Philippine floods.
It also has resources and links to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the Philippine Red Cross, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, as well as information on shelters and evacuation facilities, donation centers, weather updates, YouTube videos, and the flooding extent of the Marikina River.
Google earlier created similar tools and resource databases during the onslaught of Sendong in Mindanao last year, as well as during the Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear leak disaster.
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- Google Person Finder now in Filipino after floods (siliconrepublic.com)
- Google Person Finder helping to find missing in Philippine floods (news.cnet.com)
- Google Posts Crisis Response Page for Victims and Families of 2012 Philippines Flood (socialtimes.com)
- Google re-launches its People Finder tool to assist those dealing with the Philippines floods (thenextweb.com)
- You: Philippine capital hit by floods (bbc.co.uk)
- Floods rise in the Philippines as residents relocate from Manila amid torrential rains - @CNNi (edition.cnn.com)
- Manila suffers severe flooding following torrential rainfall (guardian.co.uk)
Posts tagged human health.
Sudanese refugee camp is one of the worst places for the displaced to be dumped - a malaria infested swamp. Video report is not for the weak.
This video, from the PBS Blog “The Rundown,” describes the plight of thousands of Sudanese refugees who fled violence in Blue Nile State only to face a humanitarian crisis in overcrowded camps in South Sudan.
Brazil has opened a new factory where scientists will manufacture millions of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes each month. ›
Fantastic read: “Mosquitoes and NIMBYism” at The New Yorker.
Strong (indeed, fundamental) and tight article on climate vulnerability by Laurie Goering, one of the best climate journos in the world. In her piece posted on Reuters AlterNet, Goering discusses the difficult the problem of measuring vulnerability to climate change in a way that can be useful for decision makers.
Which countries are going to suffer most from climate change? It’s a hard question to answer, as any U.N. climate negotiator can tell you.
But there’s now an excellent guide that suggests some answers. The Washington-based Global Adaptation Institute has released its annual look at climate vulnerability - a data-rich trove of interactive maps, statistical charts, rankings and other information on which countries are most naturally vulnerable, which suffer governance and other relevant problems, and which are making progress preparing for climate change.
The “readiness matrix”, for instance, suggests that Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Eritrea are the nations least prepared to deal with climate change, while Burundi and Central African Republic are the most intrinsically climate-vulnerable countries.
Read the rest at AlterNet
Chinese environmental groups claim that Apple manufacturers have been releasing harmful pollutants into the environment. A report by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and other non-governmental Chinese environment groups cited, for example, that an Apple factory in the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi Province released gases into the air that made it difficult for residents to open their windows.
“The large volume of discharge in Apple’s supply chain greatly endangers the public’s health and safety,” the report read.
it is widely believed by Chinese environmentalists that Apple is exploiting the country’s lax regulations….accused of discharging several dozen tons of sludge containing hazardous chemicals every day.
Protected areas in cities, how nature contributes to human well being, but is usually compromised for land-use development. (Note: This is from the SEI, an academic institution in Sweden that focuses on climate adaptation and cities. It’s not the best quality video. But serves as a good primer on how decision makers [read: real estate developers and city officials] see “nature” and cities).