It was recorded by the Spanish conquistadors, and triggered famines that have been linked to China’s 1901 Boxer Rebellion and even the French revolution. Named by Peruvian fishermen because of its…

Francis Ghesquiere, Nicholas Jones |

Relief supplies being unloaded from a New Zealand C-130 at the airport in Tuvalu after Cyclone Pam struck some outer islands. Photo: Nora Weisskopf When disaster strikes, air transport is often…

Charles E. Schlumberger |

If you have children or grandchildren, you probably have wondered what the world will be like for them in 20 or 30 years. Will it be a better place? Will climate change upend their lives? It'…

Jim Yong Kim |

Translating Words into Action World Bank Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change Rachel Kyte speaks from the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction underway in Sendai, Japan,…

Rachel Kyte |

Tropical Cyclone Pam hit the island nation of Vanuatu on March 13-14. © UNICEF SENDAI, Japan – Without better preparation for disasters – whether they be earthquakes and tidal waves, extreme…

Jim Yong Kim |

Cyclone Pam, March 13, 2015. Satellite image via NASA It’s one of the harsh realities of today.  Just as representatives from around the globe began to gather in Sendai, Japan, for an…

Rachel Kyte |

In PDF: Korean | Khmer Every time I learn of another natural disaster – the people killed and injured, homes destroyed, livelihoods lost – I know we must act to reduce the tragic impact instead of…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Dots on the world map – they are coral atolls and volcanic islands spread across a vast swath of the Pacific Ocean with names as exotic as their turquoise water, white sand and tropical foliage.…

Axel van Trotsenburg |