If We Can’t Stop Natural Disasters, Then Let’s Contain Their Human Costs

By Alice Thomas

Right now, the shell-shocked residents of Moore, Oklahoma, are grappling with the loss of 24 lives and the destruction of entire neighborhoods following a devastating tornado on May 20. Meanwhile, across the globe, tens of thousands of people in Bangladesh and Burma are returning to damaged homes and villages in the wake of Cyclone Mahasen, which thankfully proved more merciful than anticipated.

The Global Spin on Earth Day

By Alice Thomas

For most Americans, Earth Day symbolizes the need to protect the natural environment – specifically clean air, clean water, and pristine rivers and forests. In the years following the first Earth Day in 1970, some of our nation’s most important environmental laws were adopted, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Actors like Meryl Streep also caught the attention of America’s mothers by bringing attention to pesticides in the food that we feed our children every day.

The Climate Displacement Gap

By Guest

Crisis after crisis, natural and climate change-related disasters such as floods, droughts, and storms have displaced people from their homes in countries around the world. Though a causal link between any weather event and climate change is difficult to prove, climatologists have long believed that climate change will result in an increase in extreme weather events. Floods, droughts, and storms almost always impact the lives of individuals, forcing them to flee their homes as a result of safety or reduced food supply, among other factors.

How Blaming the West Hides a War on Women

By Refugees International

Roya Hakakian is a member of the Board of Refugees International. This post originally appeared as an op-ed in The Washington Post.

By Roya Hakakian

16 Days: A Dangerous Climate for Women

By Alice Thomas

This week, events are taking place across the globe to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a campaign to end violence against women, which, according to the UN, 70 percent of women will experience in their lifetime.

Pakistan: New Floods Mean Higher Stakes

By Alice Thomas
It’s flooding again in Pakistan.  While not as severe as last year’s unprecedented deluge – which affected 20 million people – this year’s floods are nonetheless severe, and likely to grow worse.  Since the onset of the monsoons in August, 5.4 million people have been affected and more than 800,000 displaced to shelters and informal camps.

RI's Web Roundup

By Larissa Dalton

In Washington and much of the U.S., all eyes have been on the debate over the debt limit. While our elected officials squabbled away, here are some stories you may have missed:

Pakistan: One year after the floods

By Alice Thomas

This post originally appeared on The Hill's Congress blog.

RI's Web Roundup

By Larissa Dalton

The Horn of Africa – Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda – is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, leaving millions of people to face starvation and overflowing refugee camps.

World Refugee Day: Spotlight on needs

By Michel Gabaudan
Today is World Refugee Day -- a day for people to spend a little more time recognizing and honoring the world’s most vulnerable people. At a time when only a few of the world’s refugees and displaced people make the news headlines, I welcome any day that reminds people to stop and pay attention to all 43.7 million people who are struggling to rebuild their lives and communities.  
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