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U.S. Navy / MC1 Matthew M. Bradley

And the Worst Natural Disaster Is …

An article in The Lancet argues that earthquakes are particularly devastating when compared with other natural disasters. Earthquakes “frequently affect populous urban areas with poor structural standards” and they impair emergency responders. Shifting tectonic plates killed more than 780,000 people in the last decade. (more)

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE


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Who Pays for God’s Revenge?

Are we a nation of brothers who come to the aid of each other? Or are we just a crowd of folks out for ourselves? Why have a country if we don’t use it to help each other?

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Central Vermont Public Service

Vermont Feels Irene’s Wrath

While New York City escaped the worst of Tropical Storm Irene, much of Vermont did not. The state saw bridges washed away, roads battered and power lines downed in the midst of what officials say is the worst flooding in more than 80 years. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



NRDC

Picturing Climate Change in Your County

The National Resources Defense Council has given us a view from above on extreme temperature, smog and allergen pollution, drought and flood vulnerability in the United States for select periods over the last two decades. (more)

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 READ MORE


Japan’s Meltdowns Demand New No-Nukes Thinking

New details are emerging that indicate the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is far worse than previously known, with three of the four affected reactors experiencing full meltdowns. Meanwhile, in the U.S., massive flooding along the Missouri River has put Nebraska’s two nuclear plants, both near Omaha, on alert.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Robert S. Donovan

Record ‘Dead Zone’ Expected in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists fear that farm chemicals carried from fields into the Mississippi River by this spring’s record floods will create the largest “dead zone” the Gulf of Mexico has seen since measurements were first taken in 1985. (more)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / derekkeats

Snowmelt Could Flood Western Communities

For all the advantages that record snowpacks offer regions susceptible to summertime drought, a sudden warming of temperatures could soon release millions of gallons of water into river channels and narrow canyons, flooding cities and towns throughout the American West. (more)

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Rising Mississippi River Threatens Residents

People living along the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn., are being asked to evacuate their homes after rising floodwater levels broke an 80-year record high earlier this week.

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AP / Felipe Dana

Mudslides Kill 500 in Brazil

More than 500 people have been killed in the mountain towns of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, with officials fearing that the toll will go higher as massive flooding and mudslides continue in the region.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Salako Valentin

Two-Thirds of Benin Is Underwater

The U.N. has begun flying tents into the West African country of Benin to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of people chased from their homes by heavy flooding after months of heavy rains. Adding to the misery is an outbreak of cholera. two-thirds

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bela Szandelszky

Toxic Spill Reaches the Danube

The red sludge that, in the words of one official, extinguished all life in Hungary’s Marcal River has now reached the blue Danube, the second longest river in Europe. The disaster began at a waste reservoir in western Hungary where 33 million cubic feet of toxic material began its long spill, reaching more than 6.5 feet high in places.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



International Rivers / Dr. Muslim Idris

Nigerian Flooding Displaces 2 Million

The Nigerian government may or may not have warned residents that it would open up the floodgates of two dams in the northern part of the country last month, unleashing a deluge of water that has displaced more than 2 million people.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera English

Hundreds Dead in Guatemala Landslides

Weeks of unrelenting rains triggered a series of landslides in the Guatemalan town of Alaska on the Pan-American Highway, burying as many as 300 people. President Alvaro Colom warned that thousands more people are at risk as the government runs out of money to deal with the crisis.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Pakistan Floodwaters Keep on Coming

New flooding in Pakistan continues to take a devastating toll on the country, as floodwaters sweep southward and have led to the displacement of an estimated 1 million people in Sindh province in just two days.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Anjum Naveed

Pakistan’s Floods Could Take Its President Down

The sheer suffering and human cost of Pakistan’s devastating floods are mounting daily, and frustration with the nation’s president, Asif Ali Zardari, is on the rise as well—and Zardari’s standing with the public was shaky enough before disaster struck.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Anjum Naveed

Pakistan Floods Kill 1,000

Floods in northwest Pakistan have taken the lives of more than 1,000 people, officials say. About 30,000 Pakistani troops have joined the rescue and relief effort as monsoon rains threaten to cause additional flooding.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE


300 Dead in Pakistan Floods

More than 300 people have died in monsoon floods in Pakistan. The devastating floodwaters—the worst in decades—carried away victims, destroyed infrastructure and displaced some 400,000 people, officials told news outlets. Updated

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AP / Bullit Marquez

Typhoon Takes Aim at Already Soggy China

In 1998, 4,000 people died in the Yangtze floods in China. Now the country is bracing for its worst flooding since then as Typhoon Conson, which has already killed 38 people in the Philippines, closes in on China’s southern coast.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


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cnn.com

Flooding Kills at Least 42, Strands 115,000 in Brazil

Dozens of cities in Brazil were in a state of emergency Tuesday after massive flooding in the north of the country killed at least 43 people and left more than 115,000 homeless, according to CNN.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Glenwood Herald, Michael G. Fox

Toll at 18 in Arkansas Floods

Update: Eighteen people have been confirmed killed after flash floods swept through a campground in western Arkansas early Friday morning. Authorities on Sunday said three people were still missing. Earlier reports had said dozens more were missing and feared dead.

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 READ MORE


Polish flood
bbc.co.uk

Floodwaters Threaten Warsaw, Claim at Least 14 in Poland

The Polish people are having a rough time of it this spring. At least 14 people have died in recent days after Poland’s largest river, the Vistula, flooded an area some 50 miles away from Warsaw, and the capital city is in danger of becoming waterlogged as well.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


Nashville
Wikimedia Commons / Kaldari

Nashville Walloped by Flood

Last weekend was a very wet one for residents of Nashville, Tenn., as record flooding from the Cumberland River displaced thousands, claimed 12 lives and continued to pose a watery threat to the southeastern city that was expected to persist through Tuesday.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / mbtrama

A Good Idea, Up in Flames

Los Angeles seemed like a good idea at the time. So did New Orleans. Will we ever learn?

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE


Klein Shock Doctrine
independent.com

The Truthdig Interview With Naomi Klein

Critics and challengers of Naomi Klein’s work had better take a close look at her latest book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” before launching their attacks. This is one writer whose research and documentation are so exhaustive that would-be detractors will not only find her analysis to be dauntingly watertight, even if they don’t share her views about the unnatural disasters enabled by free-market capitalism, but they might also discover that some of her source material seems strangely familiar.

Transcript available here.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


Klein Shock Doctrine
independent.com

The Truthdig Interview With Naomi Klein

Critics and challengers of Naomi Klein’s work had better take a close look at her latest book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” before launching their attacks.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


midwest flood
AP photo / Jeff Roberson

Thousands Flee Floods in Midwest

Several Midwestern states, including Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois, have been hit hard by floods this week as rivers rose far beyond their normal levels. In Cedar Rivers, Iowa, a whole hospital had been evacuated, thousands of residents had fled their homes and over 400 city blocks were under water by Friday.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008 READ MORE


Massive Floods Threaten Millions in South Asia

Floodwaters are threatening the lives of millions in South Asia, drenching parts of northern India as well as Bangladesh and Nepal, where aid organizations are scrambling to bring in food and other assistance before hunger and disease claim more lives.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Storms Kill More Than 200 in Pakistan

More than 200 people have died in Karachi, Pakistan, as a result of storms that ravaged the city. Heavy rain, gale-force winds and flooding obliterated many homes, while falling trees, billboards and power lines wreaked further havoc. At least 45 people have also died in southern India.

Posted on Jun 24, 2007 READ MORE


Jakarta flood
news.bbc.co.uk

Jakarta Is Drowning

Much of the capital of Indonesia is under 10 feet of muddy water after days of torrential rain caused devastating floods. Hundreds of thousands of people already have been displaced, and experts warn that the situation may worsen, with another week of heavy rain on the way.

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


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newyorktimes.com

More Problems With New Orleans Levee Work

In what officials are calling a “strategic pause,” work on New Orleans’ levees is at a standstill.  The Army Corps of Engineers says it has been delayed by engineering, budget and local-government hurdles, but critics—including some inside the corps—say the agency is simply dragging its feet. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Curt Flood, a Star on and off the Field

The nearly forgotten hero staged a legal battle against Major League Baseball that paved the way for free agency, huge salaries and players’ ability to veto trades.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


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