For my last few interviews on Typhoon Haiyan, I decided to look at what we can learn from the superstorm and it’s aftermath. From previous interviews, I know that the Philippines were well warned and the evacuations were mostly effective. Everyone I talked to also pointed out the scientific consensus that future storms will be worse (if not more frequent), and that there is a serious need to alleviate underlying poverty in disaster prone areas. The impact will not be as great if the pre-existing conditions are not as dire, the reasoning goes.

To see what the Philippines government and countries like Australia can do to move the dial on poverty in such places, I spoke withProfessor Stephen Howes, Director at the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University:

 

 

(Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr)

As before, I am unable to embed audio in the email blast. You can take a listen at Soundcloud.