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  • Asia Dialogue - Natural hazards are dangerous.  But city-level corruption causes more disaster

    Natural hazards are dangerous. But city-level corruption causes more disaster

    Rowan Fraser

    Oddly for such a staunchly secular activity, the insurance industry includes within its standard glossaries the term ‘Act of God.’  This is legalese for events which are considered to be beyond human control, such as floods and earthquakes, cyclones and landslides – disasters, in short. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - What mangroves can and can not do for cyclone-prone coastal cities

    What mangroves can and can not do for cyclone-prone coastal cities

    Rowan Fraser

    Swampy, tangled and low-lying, the mangrove is not a particularly flamboyant tree, as far as trees go. Indeed, it’s more of a shrub.  Somehow, it comes across as down-trodden and slightly oppressed.  It lacks the gusto and charm of most other species, and of course can’t compete with the big cats, rhinos or birds for panache in terms of biodiversity.  Nonetheless, over the past few years, the humble mangrove has seen its popularity soar. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Helping homegrown communities build safer

    Helping homegrown communities build safer

    Mukta Naik

    Bakul’s son is getting married soon and he is busy adding a floor to his home in an unauthorised colony in Ghaziabad, an industrial town near India’s capital city New Delhi. To do so, he has borrowed Rs 300,000 (US$ 4800) from a cousin and engaged a local mason. In Nong Bua in Thailand’s Surin district, Somchai collects waste during the day but spends his evenings repairing his leaky roof. This is how the majority of the urban poor in a host of Asian countries build their homes. READ MORE

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