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Emergency Drill on March 14, 2024

Emergency Drill on March 14, 2024

The federal city of Bonn is taking part in the state-wide warning day in North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday, March 14, 2023. At 11 a.m. on the dot, a test alarm will also be triggered in Bonn to test the various warning concepts.In Bonn, 57 sirens will sound and their...

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DWD Newsletter about attribution studies

DWD Newsletter about attribution studies

By analyzing observation data and climate model simulations, it is now possible to make statements about the frequency and intensity of weather events. This works on the basis of attribution research, which investigates the extent to which man-made climate change...

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EU-Parliament votes in favor of Nature Conservation Law

EU-Parliament votes in favor of Nature Conservation Law

On Tuesday, the EU Parliament passed the "Nature Restoration Act", which has been heavily criticized in some quarters, by a narrow majority. This means that more trees will be planted and moors and rivers will be renaturised in the EU in future. As soon as the law is...

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What is disaster risk reduction?

Storms, natural hazards and extreme events can quickly become a danger to people and the environment. But climate change, extreme urbanization, power outages and fires also offer potential hazards.

A disaster occurs when the functioning of a community or society is impaired or interrupted and, as a result, high human, material, economic and ecological losses occur that cannot be managed alone.

Precautionary measures can help to reduce the consequences and impact of the disaster. Depending on the hazard and personal circumstances, the precautionary measures to be taken may vary.

Find out more about potential hazards and individual precautionary measures on our topic pages.