Hawaii Resilience Network Working Group
The mission of this working group is to articulate and shape issues of a secure, sustainable and resilient Hawaii as we move forward with global change. Considerations for government, public sector, and private sector transformation include: current policy reform, new policy proposals, critiques and potential solutions, assessments, new technology and traditional wisdom. Group members are encouraged to think "outside the box", look to all sources of information and inspiration with the goal of finding solutions for the islands of Hawaii, and by connecting outward, solutions as an example for island Earth.
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www.guardian.co.uk - July 24, 2012 - Posted by Nadja Popovich
When the next outbreak of Sars or Swine flu hits, New York's John F Kennedy airport and Los Angeles's airports will likely be the key spreaders of disease, according to a new study. But while the influence of these super-hubs may not come as much of a surprise, the third most outbreak-friendly airport in the states is far smaller, and far less obvious – Honolulu International.
In a paper published Monday in the journal PLoS One, a team of researchers from MIT outlined a new computer model that predicts how the 40 largest American airports may contribute to the diffusion of contagious disease within the first few days of a potential epidemic.
New toolkit release - 'Building Resilient Communities'
The Social Protection Anchor Team [World Bank] recently launched the Building Resilient
Communities toolkit, an instrument designed to help social protection
Lisa Schnirring Staff Writer
Jun 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials and researchers may have underestimated the potential role of pigs as "mixing vessels" for influenza viruses and the importance of swine surveillance for identifying new pandemic threats, veterinary experts from Mexico asserted recently.
The group based their conclusions on two genetic analyses tracing the evolution of the novel H1N1 virus that lend support to the mixing vessel theory. Their findings appeared in the Jun 4 issue of Eurosurveillance.
Following virus protein clues
With WHO on the cusp of announcing a Phase 6 pandemic, the question of whether the world is prepared becomes paramount. The 2009 Swine-Origin Influenza A virus (SO-H1N1/2009 has, in roughly two months, traveled to and created illness in over 70 countries that have reported confirmed cases of the virus. However, in actuality, the virus is most likely already in many more countries than those that have the means to confirm cases.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 26, 2009
PRESS BRIEFING ON SWINE INFLUENZA BY
SECRETARY NAPOLITANO, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY,
JOHN BRENNAN, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND COUNTERTERRORISM,
DR. RICHARD BESSER, ACTING DIRECTOR,
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, AND
ROBERT GIBBS, PRESS SECRETARY
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
12:34 P.M. EDT
Five amazing mobile projects
At the Web4Dev conference in New York I met with the founders, inventors and creators of some pretty amazing mobile-for-development projects. Below are my top five with some thoughts on how they could be used for education.