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Climate Change Affects the Poor

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Drought Will Worsen One Day Somewhere

Although a new research project confirms that drought —and floods—will affect the world more severely during this century, uncertainty persists over who will suffer, and when.

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Learning From a Thousand-Year Flood

Two months before my Colorado community was overwhelmed this week by epic rains, our state’s chief oil and gas regulator, Matt Lepore, berated citizens concerned about the ecological impact of hydraulic fracturing and unbridled drilling.

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Australia’s Floods Had Global Effects

Puzzled oceanographers who wondered where the sea level rise went for 18 months now have their answer. It went to Australia.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

From Maine to Oregon, local floodplain managers say FEMA’s recent flood maps — which dictate the premiums that 5.5 million Americans pay for flood insurance — have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing FEMA’s mistakes.

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Once in a Century Floods Due Every 10 Years

Once-rare severe flooding events could occur as frequently as once a decade by the end of this century.

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How Capitalism Stacks the Deck on Disaster

We think of the financial crisis as a man-made calamity, and Hurricane Sandy as the malignant innocence of nature. But neither the notion of a man-made nor natural disaster quite captures how the power of a few and the vulnerability of the many determine what is really going on at ground level.

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Great Floods Hit Sri Lanka

Massive flooding battering the island nation of Sri Lanka has been described as the worst natural disaster there since the 2004 tsunami, killing at least 27 people and inundating thousands of acres of vital rice fields.

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Bin Laden Feeling the Heat

He’s no Al Gore, but terror plotter Osama bin Laden is sounding a call for action on global warming. In a new audiotape, the head of al-Qaida also scolds Pakistan for what he sees as the inadequacy of its relief efforts in the wake of recent catastrophic floods.

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Now Hear This: U.S. Aids Pakistan

The U.S. is providing the largest humanitarian response of any country to the devastating flooding in Pakistan, but its goodwill isn’t altogether altruistic. Part of the motivation is to clean up the American image in a country where 68 percent of the people have a negative view of the U.S.

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Floods Stir Social Unrest in Pakistan

Pakistan’s extraordinarily unfortunate season of flooding has left at least 1,600 people dead and 2 million homeless, and now the Pakistani government’s poor response to the disaster has led to threats of social unrest and military takeover.

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China Death Toll Worsens as Rains Pose New Threat

Chinese authorities say the country’s recent landslides killed at least 1,117 people. Most of the hundreds more still missing are feared dead. Heavy rains are expected to cause more landslides, while Chinese scientists, officials and soldiers scramble to cope with the current disaster.

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Pakistan’s Flood Misery Continues

The worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years has killed more than 1,600 people and affected an unbelievable 12 million people. But there may be more misery to come as the country braces for yet more monsoon rains.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Fundamentalists and Extremists Go to the Rescue in Pakistan

The Guardian reports that Islamist groups, including at least one illegal organization linked to the Mumbai terror attacks, are going to the aid of Pakistan’s flood victims while the government scrambles to cope with the disaster.

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Salvador Flood Toll Tops 120

Severe flooding has killed at least 124 people in El Salvador after heavy rains soaked the country. The government declared a state of emergency as the search for more victims went on.

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Floods Fall, Anger Rises

After the past weeks’ disastrous floods, many in the rural Midwest are looking to the government not with gratitude but animosity. Folks in towns that requested levees back in 1993 were left, paradoxically, high and dry by the Army Corps of Engineers, which required small communities to pay more than $1 million for flood barriers.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008 READ MORE


Weather Reports Are Missing the Story

While the TV meteorologists document “extreme weather” with their increasingly sophisticated toolbox, from Doppler radar to 3-D animated maps, the two words rarely uttered are its cause: global warming.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


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