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A satellite image of the super El Niño of 1997-1998. The seesaw-like effect of an El Niño, with sea level along the equator down in the west and up in the eastern Pacific, can be seen in this image. White and red indicate higher-than-normal sea levels (warm water) and purple represents lower-than-normal sea height and cooler water. Credit: NASA/JPL

Increase in super El Niños will impact the poorest most

Scientists may have cracked a big climate puzzle:  whether rising global temperatures will influence the weather phenomenon known as El Niño. Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes. Here,...

A family living in a makeshift tent in Kidawa village where 300 out of 760 houses were destroyed by Typhoon Bopha. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

After Haiyan: crucial steps in the path to recovery

One month after Typhoon Haiyan devastated millions of homes and lives in the Philippines, Shaheen Chughtai reviews the situation on the ground and what's needed for people to be able to...

David a fisherman and a member of the Agta-Dumagat indigenous community, Philippines. Credit: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

Can we use the wisdom of the crowd to build resilience?

In the first in a series of blog posts Dante Dalabajan,  project manager of an Oxfam GB adaptation programme in the Philippines, reflects on the importance of consulting local communities....

Cousins Rebecca (left) and Mariam in Satkhira Bangladesh June 2009, one week after Cycline Aila. Credit: Mahmud/Oxfam

In double jeopardy: adolescent girls and disasters

On the International Day of the Girl Child Tess Dico-Young welcomes the findings from a new report by Plan International on the need to better address the needs of adolescent girls in humanitarian...

Milking it: How dairy farming is transforming lives for flood-hit women in Bangladesh

Following on from Saturday's International Day of Cooperatives, Norul Amin writes on how forming a producer group transformed the lives of women dairy farmers in a remote village  in Bangladesh. ...

Drought in Mali. Credit: Dave Clark

Good, but needs to go further - our verdict on this week's disaster risk reduction conference

Ben Murphy writes from the Global Platform, the disaster risk reduction summit and argues that urgent action is needed to transform the losing battle against risk. ...

Women farmers of Barangay Aquino, Municipality of Esperanza, Province of Sultan Kudarat.  Photo credit: Dante Dalabajan

Risk, fragility and resilience: lessons from typhoons and conflict

As we launch our new paper  No Accident,  Dante Dalabajan reflects on resilience and shares lessons from Mindanao, a conflict-afflicted region, which has been hit by two devastating typhoons. ...

Volunteers leading the evacuation drill. Credit: Dow Punpiputt/Oxfam

Get ready, get set… BEEP! Can mobile phones deliver community-based early warning systems in Sri Lanka?

Back in November, Dow Punpiputt  travelled to Sri Lanka with the Digital Vision team to see how Oxfam is using mobile technology in disaster risk reduction. Here she reports on the innovative...

Information board updated by Government officials following typhoon Bopha. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

So, what was 2012’s worst humanitarian disaster?

Ed Cairns, an Oxfam senior policy adviser, looks back on a very mixed year in humanitarian crises. ...

Tonton, a 10 year old boy from Sitio Maoa, Brgy Aquino, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, lost his family’s house and its entire seaweed farm. Credit: Dante Dalabajan

Typhoon Bopha's terrible blow to Philippine seaweed farmers

Typhoon Bopha (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Pablo) has devastated the seaweed farmers of Hinatuan, who were only just starting to recover from 2011's Typhoon Washi (local name Sedong)....