Vanuatu, Australia and #CyclonePam: reaping the whirlwind from #climate change by @Takvera

Vanuatu has suffered its worst disaster on record with the impact of Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, with the President of Vanuatu blaming climate change for extreme weather (Guardian 16Mar2015). Australia has stepped up with an initial $5 million disaster relief package. To put Australia’s monetary response into perspective: during the 2014 budget handed down by Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey, some $7.6 billion was cut from Foreign Aid. The Mid year Economic Financial Review at the end of 2014 slashed a further $3.7 billion from Foreign Aid. Much of this budget was used for funding needed basic infrastructure, disaster reduction, climate adaptation and building community resilience programs in Pacific nations. […]