A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of the missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects. A top Malaysian official called it “the most credible lead that we have.”
The Queensland State Parliament is considering a Regional Planning Interests Bill that will reform how land is managed between multiple uses. The bill looks to put in place a new system of broader regional planning to balance farming and natural resources industries with the environment.
From Indonesia to Bangladesh to Nepal, community members armed with smartphones and GPS systems are contributing to some of the most extensive and versatile maps ever created, helping inform policy and better prepare their communities for disaster risk.
The ongoing search for the lost Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has raised the profile of satellite imagery and the power of the crowd to help in imagery analysis. The tragedy is coupled with mystery as there is little mounting evidence of the location of the lost aircraft, and a search area that has broadened daily. As of this writing, ships are expanding the search into the Indian Ocean.
India's central government is working on an integrated location-based emergency response system to improve emergency response in communities. The project has been approved by the Indian Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs after receiving a proposal from the Ministry of Home Affairs.