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Fun and games help communicate disaster science

May24

Geneva – Playing games is helping to engage communities with the complex scientific information used to forecast natural disasters, as well as encouraging people to take steps to mitigate future risks, experts say. Tools ranging from simple probability-based role play scenarios to state-of-the-art digital apps that model the Earth’s changing environment were presented to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, this week (19–23 May).

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WFP Launches World Freerice Week to Fight Hunger through Social Media

UN World Food Programme (WFP) will launch World Freerice Week from 6-11 February with the theme “6 Degrees of Freerice” through its online hunger-fighting game Freerice.com. WFP is calling on Freerice fans to recruit six friends to join in the online fight against hunger. By playing the trivia games at Freerice.com during World Freerice Week, players can win prizes and have fun while feeding the hungry.

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