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World Bank’s Open Learning Campus

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  In the past the World Bank e-Institute offered this online course on “Introduction to Disaster Risk Management”. The course was online and free of charge. Now, the “Open Learning Campus” gives you the opportunity to take online learning to the next level where you can immerse yourself with current and pertinent global development issues. There

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China to Launch the Water Cycle Observation Mission Satellite in 2020

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China has plans to launch the Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM) satellite by 2020, under the “Strategic Priority Research Program for Space Sciences”, a joint project managed by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Space Science Center The WCOM project proposes the study of the hydrological

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The Continued Fight to Eliminate Ebola: Why $1.5 Billion is Worth It

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In recent months, the Ebola virus has shocked the globe with its ability to ravage entire regions, decimate populations, discourage travel abroad, and incite near panic. According to the World Health Organization, there have been over 9,000 confirmed Ebola deaths to date (1 in the United States, 6 in Mali, 8 in Nigeria, with much

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Illegal Immigration: Is It a Permanent Infection of USA?

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Author wishes to remain anonymous My opinion is somewhat biased about illegal immigration in the USA because majority of the Americans think that Illegal Immigrants ought not to be permitted to stay in the United States of America. According to them, these illegal immigrants infringe upon a law just by advancing and not hold their

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Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Issues- Boko Haram

Contributor is Anonymous At the point when one is confronted with two evils, it is natural to center consideration on the more prominent evil. The insurgency of Boko Haram is unarguably the best adroit Nigeria needs to stand up to as of now. In any case, Boko Haram is a cause that has undulated consequences

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How should Terror be treated

~Elor Kahalany Terror organizations have been “taking over” the world for the past several years. ISIS, Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Hamas, PLO…etc. These organizations are run by hatred, hatred to Jews and Christians, and anyone that’s different from them. Ideally establishing more countries and nations is an act that the world needs, it would boost international

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Indian Ocean tsunami 2004 Experience: An Unforgettable Day

It was all fuzzy when I got up that morning, a day after Christmas, when the news channels were roaring about the earthquake, which was striking all over South East Asia. It was initially shocking to see the news and the one event which made me freaking terrified was that the news anchor was interrupted

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A Personal Account: Mountain View Tornado Feb 5th 2008

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When you live in the south you get used to the thought of bad weather. It’s always in the back of your mind. However, once the heat of summer passes you feel like that threat has for the time passed, but Mother Nature always has a way to remind you that she’s in charge. On

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A Tale Worth a Million Words: Near Death Experience In Nigeria

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I have always wanted to visit Africa; so when the opportunity came around to work on a project in Nigeria, believed to be the giant of Africa, I quickly hopped at the opportunity. This was not just because of the pay that would come with it but the experience. I had visited Nigeria before then,

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Tsunamis: The Ocean’s Killer Waves

Tsunamis: The Ocean’s Killer Waves The biggest mistake people living in regions that are prone to tsunamis make is believing it will be a single large wave. Although large waves are a staple of tsunamis, they are more likely to be a series of waves over the course of several hours. Tsunamis vs. Tidal Waves

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Islam- The Most Misunderstood Religion Today?

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With the rising hostility between the Islamic World Vs. the rest, we felt it was important to reach out to a Muslim man about his thoughts on the current situation. Misrepresentation of Muslims is commonplace and to combat this, we have to take a step back from what media is propagating and respect the Religion

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Could Ebola Destroy the SIDS?

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“The Ebola Nightmare”; “Ebola Catastrophe”: These are some of the headlines that have been used to describe the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Ebola is a virus known for its deadly effect, killing up to 90% of people infected. The severity of Ebola outbreak has been exaggerated in the news and media. However, it

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The Importance of Helping Other Nations Recover from Disasters

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I was trying to bring different organisations together to organise fund-raising for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. I asked a lady who worked with the Red Cross if she could help us with TV spots for this. She told me she would be willing to help me (since we were paying) but

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Guest Authors Welcome!

To avoid possibility of spamming, guest posts will be allowed but you will have to ask me for this. To do this, please fill in a contact form with the following information: 1. Title of post 2. Summary of post I will also need your genuine contact details. You can then send me the post

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The Truth about the Crimea Upheaval

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The recently emerged local war between Russia and Ukraine produced a lot of questions to the world accompanied by some rather unpleasant answers. Having had experienced all this first-hand, allow me to outline this conflict in contrast to much of the distorted facts produced by mass media. It all began with protests in Kiev, the

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Terminologies for Disaster Risk Reduction

2009 UNISDR terminology on disaster risk reduction The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is one of the leading players spearheading global efforts towards Disaster Risk Reduction. In 2009 they published the “Terminology for Disaster Risk Reduction”, a document listing commonly used DRR words, replacing the previous “Basic Terms for Disaster Risk

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