Earth Report : Sink or Swim
Over the past 30 years, storms, floods and droughts have increased threefold, according to the United Nations' International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. When extreme weather strikes, the poor are usually hit hardest.
Tropical storms, floods and droughts account for 75 percent of all disasters. Disaster relief agencies try to pick up the pieces. But increasingly, governments and UN agencies are going one step further, aiming to reduce damage before it strikes. Earth Report investigates how poor farmers in Honduras and fishing communities in Vietnam are working with disaster risk managers to strengthen nature’s defences against the violent effects of climate change.