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El Niño strengthens in the Pacific : preparing for the impacts of drought

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dc.contributor.author Annamalai, H.
dc.contributor.author Keener, Victoria
dc.contributor.author Widlansky, Matthew J.
dc.contributor.author Hafner, Jan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-13T21:17:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-13T21:17:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/38700
dc.description For more about the East-West Center, see <a href="http://www.eastwestcenter.org/">http://www.eastwestcenter.org/</a>
dc.description.abstract A drought is moving through the Pacific Islands, brought by one of the strongest El Niño events since record keeping began 60 years ago. It started in the southwest Pacific, where it has brought famine to Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. It is expected to reach the South Pacific, tropical West Pacific, and Hawaiian Islands between December 2015 and May 2016, potentially affecting 4.7 million people. While the effect of El Niño in the Pacific Islands receives little global attention, it has already proved severe, particularly among vulnerable island populations. Prolonged drought can compromise not only freshwater supplies and food security, but can also have cascading impacts on public health, economies, food distribution, and even trigger civil unrest. Past experiences with regional drought, current actions being taken, and the most current predictions for El Niño’s anticipated effects on the Pacific Islands, suggest strategies that governments and aid groups can take to prepare for this powerful climate event.
dc.format.extent 10 p.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher Honolulu, HI : East-West Center
dc.relation.ispartofseries AsiaPacific issues;no. 122
dc.subject.lcsh Droughts - Oceania
dc.subject.lcsh Droughts - Hawaii
dc.subject.lcsh Drought management - Oceania
dc.subject.lcsh Drought management - Hawaii
dc.subject.lcsh Climate change mitigation - Oceania
dc.subject.lcsh Climate change mitigation - Hawaii
dc.title El Niño strengthens in the Pacific : preparing for the impacts of drought
dc.type Working Paper
dc.type.dcmi Text
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