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Disaster Risk Management is using the latest technologies and equipment to put out a bush-fire with air water bombers when it is first spotted or ensuring that remote water reservoirs can be be activated by management systems. The locations being decided by using satellite technology to locate critical densities likely to flare-up.
Disaster Management is evacuating the people from their homes when the bush-fire that was not put out when it first flared up was allowed to burn until it destroyed homes and lives.
Unfortunately in Australia, Southern Europe, Canada and California it is Disaster Management rather than Risk Management which has the priority with tragic consequences.
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It is not an easy question to answer as Climate Change is increasingly beginning to affect the decisions made about our future.
Example. Would you invest in a new fruit farm in California?
Would you build a high-rise on a low-lying coastal area?
Would you increase the Federal Budget for flood and bush-fire damage?
It does not matter if you agree that Climate Disasters are man-made or not you still have to plan for the increase in Climate Disasters.
Therefore, any technology has to take Climate Change into account.
I would say any technology that is related to Disaster Management and Control, any to do with water and food production and any technology that involves Civil Defense will all be in demand.
As for the subject ‘World Peace’, without technology advances in the areas I have just described I believe the possibility of World Peace to be increasingly remote without them.
Climate Disasters will increase in frequency and in magnitude causing vast movements of people – we are already seeing a yearly increase in movements of people affected by Climate Disasters. Countries will seek to manage their borders in order to ensure that food and water is available for their own citizens.
This could lead to an increase in regional Conflicts and perhaps even a constant state of ‘World Conflict’.
If we want World Peace we must be able to address the ‘conflict of interests’ that will occur with Climate Change and for that we will need technologies that will provide, food, water and shelter.