Wednesday March 25, 2015

Helping displaced workers back into jobs after a natural disaster is a 2012 report, published by the OECD.

Large-scale natural disasters can have long-lasting effects on the labour market in afffected areas in addition to their humanitarian and economic cost. Mass evacuations and disruptions to housing, transport, social services and infrastructure can impede labour market participating.

Firms may need to lay off workers, permanently or temporarily, as they deal with physical damage and loss of customers. Even if employment levels return to their pre-disaster levels, the mix of jobs and workers may have changed, so that skills shortages coexist with relatively high unemployment rates. Governments have an important role to play in helping prevent unnecessary job losses, providing income support and re-employment assistance to displaced workers while they find new jobs and creating the environment to encourage job creation as the recovery takes hold.

This paper examines the labour market impact of recent natural disasters in six OECD countries, outlines labour market and income support policies implemented to help those affected and discusses the challenges of implementing such policies in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

(Source: OECD)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in GOVERNMENT INFORMATION on Wednesday Mar 25, 2015  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share
Friday March 20, 2015



March 22 is World Water Day: a day for water and water for sustainable development.

This interactive map features the events taking place all over the world.

(Source: UN Water)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in MAPS/ATLAS on Friday Mar 20, 2015  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share
Monday March 09, 2015



CartoDB Heat Maps has created this map, "Historical Hurricane and Tropical Cyclone Track Density". It animates the track density of hurricanes and cyclones from 2000-2013, using data from the National Climatic Data Center.

Over at Mapbox, using Turf.js, they created "Animated Heatmaps & Guides", that not only shows historical hail data but also allows you to view the data as animated hexbins, triangles, squares and points.

(Source: Google Maps Mania)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in MAPS/ATLAS on Monday Mar 09, 2015  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share

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