Rio's transformability
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I use this topic to analyze articles on the developments after ecological shocks in Rio's urban settings.
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Role of social networks

I am trying to see how the social media behaved during the floods. I can already see that some web-activists created some kind of a system.
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After Deadly Mudslides in Brazil, Concern Turns to Preparedness

After Deadly Mudslides in Brazil, Concern Turns to Preparedness | Rio's transformability | Scoop.it
In this article a comparison with Australian responses is drafted. The article argues that even though Brazil doesn't lack technical resources and expertise impacts were much severe. This is due to the lack of an integrated early warnings, to the amount of people living in high-risk areas and quality of infrastructure.
Further it touches on the aspects of relocation and how inefficient they can be if not thought in their complexity. It shows also that floods can reshape ecosystems which points to the reorganization phase following shocks. Even thought the environment where these communities live can change dramatically, they still might choose to restart reorganization on the same area because of the strong community ties they have there. Especially in moment of crisis, community identity and values seem to become more preeminent. This in turn have important consequences for politics of relocation.

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Early warnings, responses, Planning, relocations, resulting changes in ecosystems
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World news about the floods

A collections of international newspapers covering the flood events. I will create specific post for articles raising different evidence and insights
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RJ plans parks for mitigating floods and protecting rivers

In the article Rio's Environmental Secretary, Carlos Minc announces the creation of 95km of parks (R$190 M) to protect rivers in rural and urban areas.

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responses; planning
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Early warning was not followed through

The Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia released a special warning about 40 hours before the event, but according to the City Hall of the cities affected, there was not enough time to take action
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Complains about slow actions by the government

Complains about slow actions by the government | Rio's transformability | Scoop.it
3 months later, the article exposes the lack of commitment by the government for clearing and rebuilding the communities. What the article does not touch upon is what IS being done. Alternative plans, changes in legislation, etc. It points out that Dengue is an issue for people that are still living in the area.
2081 families have been registered to receive financial help for rents elsewhere.

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restoration, livelihoods, diseases
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Floods in Brazil are a result of short-term planning | Natalia Viana | Global development | guardian.co.uk

Floods in Brazil are a result of short-term planning | Natalia Viana | Global development | guardian.co.uk | Rio's transformability | Scoop.it
In this article the Urban planning is raised a cause for floods. The reporter states that Urban planning has never been part of the political agenda. Instead Government only reacts rather than plan and prevent.
I see some evidence in the article suggesting that all classes live in dangerous areas but are impacted by different degree by floods. Also they choose to move to those areas for different reasons: rich = view and quality, poor = land value elsewhere


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Governance, Responses, Planning, land value, access to land
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