NCDP Perspectives

Deadly extreme weather is the new normal


The weather has always been unpredictable. And extreme events are even harder to predict. They are by their nature, rare, and with the environmental changes occurring, even historical trends may not be as useful in forecasting risk.

August 8, 2019

The water shortage may be coming to your neighborhood


This post was originally published on March 5, 2018 in CNN. Cape Town, South Africa, is set to run out of fresh water for its 4 million citizens on July 15. On that day — known as “Day Zero” — the city plans to set up 200 water access points for gathering 6.6 gallons of water per person per day. That’s 200 access points for a critical resource, shared among 4 million people. The tragedy is that with proper planning and effective early interventions,

July 26, 2018

The Disproportionate Consequences of Climate Change


The consequences of climate events are not borne equally. Local populations cope with drought in the arid Sahel much differently than those adapting to the same event in southern California. In their destructive path,

February 12, 2016