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Many older L.A. buildings could collapse in an earthquake - Los Angeles Times

The city has rejected calls to make a list of concrete buildings at risk of collapsing in a major quake, but a Times analysis finds there could be more than 1,000 — many of them homes and offices.<p>More than 1,000 old concrete buildings in Los Angeles and hundreds more throughout the county may be at …

Philippines rockets up list of countries most vulnerable to disaster

Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread devastation because no one had anticipated the height of the waves or the strength of the storm surge, the UN's head of disaster risk in south-east Asia has admitted.<p>Jerry Velasquez said: "In the past, early warning systems were based on wind speeds, and then in …

Typhoon Haiyan – how do you rebuild after such destruction?

First things first: there are people to rescue, mouths to feed. Medical supplies to distribute, bodies to bury, law and order to reinstate. But what next? When the immediate threat from Typhoon Haiyan has passed and the rains have stopped, when the suddenly homeless of Tacloban take stock and …

Improving earthquake early warning systems for California and Taiwan

Earthquake early warning systems may provide the public with crucial seconds to prepare for severe shaking. For California, a new study suggests …

Why was Typhoon Haiyan so fierce?

Typhoon Haiyan was forecast well in advance of landfall, but took the Philippines and global experts by surprise with its strength and destructive power.<p>The BBC's science editor David Shukman explains the forces that contributed to the severity of the storm.

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Australia's population forecast to double to 47 million by 2075

Australia's population is set to double to more than 46 million by 2075, experts forecast.<p>The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday released its predictions for coming decades – based on fertility, life expectancy and migration – including that population growth is likely to be greatest …

Drop in Niger child deaths, says Save the Children

<b>Niger has made the greatest strides worldwide in reducing child mortality, a new study by Save the Children suggests.</b><p>Other countries that reported progress in tackling child deaths include Liberia and Rwanda, the charity said.<p>Child mortality rates in Niger fell by almost two thirds because of …

Rwanda promotes vasectomies to cut birth rate

As one of Africa's most densely populated countries, Rwanda is running out of land.<p>It is urgently trying to slow the national birth rate, and in a radical move, it is encouraging men to be sterilised by having vasectomies.<p>Al Jazeera's Peter Greste reports from Gakenke in the east of the country.

Migrants from developing countries to send home $414 billion in earnings in 2013

Oct 2, 2013 -- The developing world is expected to receive $414 billion in migrant remittances in 2013, an increase of 6.3 percent over the previous …

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