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I saw this article on nettime, it suggests that in the west we have early weather warnings where often the impact may only be to cancel an outdoor event, while in countries such as africa where flooding or drought are much more severe there are no early warning systems using the kinds of technologies that are now available for accessing live weather reports. The relationship between mapping and action on the ground is very clear, that the ability to see weather systems developing across the globe allows people to act on a local level to protect themselves against severe weather conditions (to some degree, in situations such as flash flooding perhaps,  it would be harder to do anything about prolonged drought)

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