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The joint assessment teams of Oxfam and its partner, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), witnessed the destructive force of Ompong, known internationally as Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

The teams have been deployed to Cagayan since Wednesday to provide on-site situational updates and conduct rapid needs assessments. The community-led disaster preparedness committees of CDRC in Cagayan have been activated.

Read more: Oxfam and local partners witness Mangkhut’s “destructive force” – disaster preparedness...

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(Image: Rendering of New Clark City. Credit: New Clark City on Facebook)

The Philippines has been called one of the most disaster-prone places on Earth. Typhoons sweep through regularly each year causing landslides and flooding. The country is in an earthquake zone and home to numerous volcanoes that could erupt at any time. Densely populated Manila, the capital, has notorious gridlock.

In a race against climate change, the Philippines is developing a $14 billion metropolis larger than Manhattan called New Clark City designed to be resilient — and sustainable.

The 23,350-acre city on the site of Clark Air Base is expected to take 25 to 30 years to complete through several phases, ultimately housing 1.2 million people. The lowest point will be more than 177 feet above sea level.

“There’s no such thing as being too ambitious,” Vivencio Dizon, president of government-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) that is leading the New Clark City project told CNN this summer. “When we build this city, we are building for people, we’re not building for cars. It’s a big difference.”

Read more: The Philippines Is Building a Climate Change-Resilient City

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Scattering aerosols in the sky would cool the planet, but it would block crucial sunlight for plants.

Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in 1991, sending 20 million tons of sulfur compounds into the sky. Scientists studied the eruption to estimate the impacts of solar geoengineering. David Harlow/US Geological Survey/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

It’s been a dangerously hot summer. Just this week, Lisbon, Portugal, reported its highest temperature ever recorded, 111.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Chino, California, hit an all-time high of 120°F in July. In Quriyat, Oman, temperatures were stuck above 108°F for 51 hours straight. The heat has killed dozens around the world.

Read more: Volcanoes show why solar geoengineering can’t save our food from climate change

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