Coronavirus: governments knew a pandemic was a threat – here's why they weren't better prepared

Despite all the effort that goes into predicting disasters, governments have been bad at acting on what they were told.

Peter Gluckman, Director of Koi Tū, the Centre for Informed Futures; former Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, University of Auckland • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus response: why Cuba is such an interesting case

Cuba's excellent disaster planning is paying dividends in the current pandemic.

Ilan Kelman, Professor of Disasters and Health, UCL • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~6 min

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​Tornadoes that strike at night are more deadly and require more effective warning systems

In the Southeast US, tornadoes strike at night more often than in other regions. This poses special challenges for getting early warnings to the public.

Alisa Hass, Assistant Professor of Geoscience, Middle Tennessee State University • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~8 min

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