Steven Godby

324 Added | 2 Magazines | 1 Following | 11 Followers | @stevegodby | Steven Godby is a Principal Lecturer in Geography at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He teaches and researches in the fields of dryland environments, natural hazards and disaster management. He is also a member of the UK based NGO MapAction which provides mapping support to humanitarian operations around the world. You can follow Steve on Twitter where you’ll get drylands and hazards related news and occasional cycling comments.

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Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?

In 10 weeks engineers will turn off water for a million homes as this South African city reacts to a one-in-384-year drought. The rich are digging boreholes, more are panic-buying bottled water, and the army is on standby<p>Interactive explainer: how Cape Town is running dry<p>The head of Cape Town’s …

Cape Town

What would an earthquake-proof city look like?

Earthquakes don’t kill people (generally), collapsing buildings do – meaning it is cities where the most lives can be saved. Here are their smartest ideas so far<p>What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?<p>Between 1994 and 2013, nearly half a million people around the world died due to …

Natural Disasters

From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis shows<p>Hundreds of millions of urban dwellers around the world face their cities being inundated by rising seawaters if latest UN warnings that the world is …

Climate Change

Who cleans up after hurricanes, earthquakes and war?

Natural disasters can reduce entire cities to rubble, leaving streets littered with debris, bodies and toxic material. Modern warfare’s devastation also brings the hidden dangers of unexploded weapons, landmines and booby traps. Who clears up the wreckage of natural and man-made catastrophes and …

Puerto Rico

Hurricane Irma’s Vast Destruction in the Caribbean, Building by Building

Maps illustrate the thousands of structures damaged by the storm, on three of the hardest-hit islands: St. Martin, Anguilla and Barbuda.


When two disasters saved Earth from a worse one

Hydrogen chloride from Mount Pinatubo could have caused serious damage to the ozone layer. We were saved by a typhoon<p>In June 1991 the Philippine volcano, Mount Pinatubo, blew its top in spectacular fashion, producing one of the greatest volcanic eruptions in the 20th Century. It is well known that …

Climate Change

The school beneath the wave: the unimaginable tragedy of Japan’s tsunami

In 2011 a tsunami engulfed Japan’s north-east coast. More than 18,000 people were killed. Six years later, in one community, survivors are still tormented by a catastrophic split-second decision. By Richard Lloyd Parry<p>The earthquake that struck Japan on Friday 11 March 2011 was the fourth most …

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Measuring the Earth’s Dry Forests : Image of the Day

For decades, scientists have struggled to quantify and map the world’s dryland forests. Estimates have varied widely because of differing data …


Extreme weather deaths in Europe 'could increase 50-fold by next century'

If no action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or protect citizens, weather disasters could kill 152,000 a year between 2071 and 2100, says study<p>Deaths from weather disasters could increase 50-fold in Europe by the start of the next century if no action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas …

Climate Change

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

If warming is not tackled, levels of humid heat that can kill within hours will affect millions across south Asia within decades, analysis finds<p>Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply …

Climate Change

Climate Change, Migration and Security

Paul Rogers<p>31 July 2017<p>Summary<p>Notwithstanding the populist and securitised backlash of recent years, mass migration from Africa and the Middle East …

Earth Science

What it’s like to be struck by lightning

If you are hit by lightning, you are likely to survive. But what do hundreds of millions of volts feel like? By Charlotte Huff<p>Sometimes they’ll keep the clothing, the strips of shirt or trousers that weren’t cut away and discarded by the doctors and nurses. They’ll tell and retell their story at …

California Wildfires

Volcano Forecast? New Technique Could Better Predict Eruptions

In spring 2010 Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted beneath an ice cap, mixing hot lava with a flood of meltwater, which blasted a plume of gas …

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Climate Change

In Montana, land transfer threatens the American rancher's way of life

Ranchers in the west have been struggling for decades. Now a new threat looms: public land might be taken away from them<p>Cows, corrals and community: ranching in Montana – in pictures<p>If you want to appreciate the prairie landscape that inspired President Theodore Roosevelt to set aside 230m acres as …


Spike in Southwest dust storms driven by ocean changes | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

May 10, 2017 People living in the American Southwest have experienced a dramatic increase in windblown dust storms in the last two decades, likely …

Landslide Buries Scenic California Highway : Image of the Day

A large landslide has strewn debris over a stretch of California’s Highway 1. On the night of May 20, 2017, more than a million tons of rocks and …


TE Lawrence dust-storm notes enlighten weather crews 100 years on

A ferocious whirling haboob that beset Lawrence of Arabia east of the Red Sea offers Met Office insight into strange storms<p>One hundred years ago TE Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) experienced a dramatic dust storm. At the time he was crossing the Hejaz region of Arabia, east of the Red Sea, …

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Climate Change

Dust Sweeps Across Northern China : Natural Hazards

In May 2017, a cold front pushing across northern China spurred a major dust storm that darkened skies throughout the region.<p>On May 3, 2017, the …


Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought

Innovative insurance scheme gives a lifeline to vulnerable pastoralists, as three years of poor rains kill thousands of livestock across northern Kenya<p>The Kenyangovernment is scaling up an innovative livestock insurance programme that uses satellite imagery of drought-hit areas to offer a safety …