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Floods Will Add to California’s Drought Woes

Climate scientists predict that while the drought that has devastated the state for four years will become more extreme, it will be interspersed with bouts of serious flooding.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE


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Hurricanes Wreak Economic Havoc as World Warms

Analysis of insurance data convinces environmental economists that climate change is pushing up the cost of dealing with the disastrous effects of extreme weather events.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Are Home Buyouts the Best Way to Help Hurricane Victims?

Amid a decade’s worth of New Yorker articles about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath collected ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the natural disaster, the magazine published a short video report on the effort to incentivize residents of Staten Island, a place hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, into leaving parts of the disaster-prone borough.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: President Obama on Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: ‘New Orleans Is Coming Back’

Those hoping for a nuanced takedown of the response to the epic catastrophe that washed away much of what the city once was will have to look elsewhere for that sort of thing.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

A team of scientists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recount, in the new book “Fukushima,” what happens when a catastrophe strikes that no one imagines. Early and often comes the warning: Hubris Ahead.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



Aftershocks Hinder Rescue Efforts in Nepal as Quake Death Toll Passes 2,500

Officials expect the number of people killed and injured in Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake to rise well above 2,500 and 5,000 respectively.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE


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Aid to Typhoon Haiyan Victims









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Filipino Climate Chief: ‘Stop This Madness’

Yeb Saño choked up while speaking at the international climate conference in Warsaw in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which is estimated to have killed more than 10,000 people: “I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



AP/Bullit Marquez

Philippines: State of Calamity; Struggle for Survivors (Video)

Authorities say at least 9.1 million people across 41 provinces have been displaced, injured or otherwise affected by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful ever to hit land and experts say the deadliest natural disaster to strike the Philippines.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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India Must Rename Cyclone Phailin and Call Attention to Global Warming

Phailin means sapphire in Thai. What nonsense. Some people desire the precious stone, but few—if any—I think, desire Phailin. India should rename this meaningless obfuscation and call attention to global warming immediately.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Typhoon Lands in Japan, Fukushima Remains an Open Wound (Updated)

With Japanese authorities still struggling to contain contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant two-and-a-half years after it melted down, we are reminded by events in the news that the disaster lies in one of the most volatile meteorological and geographical regions in the world.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Insurers Given Severe Weather Warning

The huge cost of claims resulting from a rise in extreme weather events has led analysts in the multibillion dollar insurance industry to warn that it must now pressure governments to take action on greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE


After Oklahoma Disaster, Give Thanks to Government

There is something troubling about government leaders initially implying—if subtly—that a nongovernmental response is as significant as a governmental one.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Brennan Linsley

Oklahoma Needs Help, Not Ideology

While listening to an NPR report out of Moore, Okla., this week, I was genuinely shocked. Not by the scale of the devastation or the tenacity of people who have grown stoically accustomed to the damage tornadoes can do, but by a political sentiment that, in almost any other era, would not have been surprising at all.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Senator’s Hypocrisy on Tornado Aid, Jon Stewart Hates Washington, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a senator’s attempt to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and the real IRS scandal that is being missed.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Shakil Adil

Hundreds Expected Dead in Iran Quake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake—described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than 50 years—struck the country near the border with Pakistan, killing hundreds of people, officials fear.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Political Football Over Disaster Relief: Another Argument for Public Banking

As the legislature’s latest scrapping over a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill shows, disaster victims are now being expected to shoulder relief expenses that used to be shared publicly.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Underwater Landslide Could Trigger Australian Tsunami

A slab of rock overhanging an underwater canyon near the northeast border of Australia threatens to generate a tsunami when it eventually breaks off, researchers warned Friday.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Sandy in the Age of Disposability and Neoliberal Terror

Hurricane Sandy not only failed to arouse a heightened sense of moral outrage and call for justice, it has quickly been woven into a narrative that denied those larger economic and political forces, mechanisms and technologies by which certain populations are rendered human waste.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


Keeping the Storm at Bay

Here’s a proposed initiative for the next administration: Get the nation started on the surge barriers, flood walls and other big infrastructure projects that can protect our coastal cities from being ravaged by the next Hurricane Sandy.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Walkabout: Manhattan After Sandy

Day four of the aftermath of the devastating and deadly superstorm saw a Manhattan eager to get back on its feet.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 READ MORE


Hurricane Sandy Blows Away Political Pretense and Ideological Nonsense

When the superstorm destroyed swaths of the Northeast, darkened our largest city and plunged a huge section of the nation into crisis, the anti-government ideology of the tea party Republicans—and its panderers like Mitt Romney—was exposed for what it is.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


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White House/Pete Souza

Time to Play the Race Card—Again

Republicans are ending this campaign where they began four years ago, questioning the legitimacy of an elected black president with an odd (to us) name.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Louls Lanzano

Amid the Storm, Bill McKibben Reflects on the City He Loves

The author and environmental activist fears for New York City because of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy to its subway system, which he describes as “the city’s very roots.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Sandy Teaches a Lesson

Back when he was being “severely conservative,” Mitt Romney suggested that responsibility for disaster relief should be taken from the big, bad federal government and given to the states, or perhaps even privatized. Hurricane Sandy would like to know if he’d care to reconsider.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Anti-Gay Christian Leader Blames Homosexuality for Hurricane Sandy

John McTernan believes he knows what’s responsible for Hurricane Sandy, and it’s not climate science.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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EDC Closes Its Gates Because of High Winds (Update)

An official tweet sent early Sunday morning shortly before this post went to Web said: “Due to high winds, we are temporarily halting all entry to @EDC_LasVegas. Fans inside, head to the grand stands. This is for your safety.” Updated.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / John Bazemore

Republicans Put Wars Ahead of People

Republican spending knows no limits when it comes to going into debt for failed and useless wars. But it’s another story when it comes to providing federal assistance for victims of Hurricane Irene or other catastrophes we may face in the months ahead.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



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FEMA Mistake Threatens to Put Disaster Survivors Underwater Again

Thousands of Americans devastated by natural disasters in the last few years are being asked to return a total of more than $22 million in federal relief money accidentally given to them by FEMA. (more)

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Patrick Semansky

BP Spill Caught the Coast Guard Unprepared

Looking back over the disastrous BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last year, an internal review by the U.S. Coast Guard has concluded that the seagoing service was poorly prepared for such an event and that the cleanup itself was riddled with planning failures.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Japan’s Ordeal Is ‘Worst Since WWII’

Japan’s prime minister, surveying the incredible damage inflicted by a massive earthquake and tidal wave and a still-unfolding nuclear disaster, said the country is facing its gravest crisis since World War II.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Japan’s Day After

Strong aftershocks kept Japan on edge Saturday, a day after a devastating earthquake and tidal waves battered the country’s northeastern coast. Officials estimated the death toll at 1,700, but thousands more are missing.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Kailapillai Ruthiran

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.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



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



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Here Comes Hurricane Earl

As Labor Day weekend draws near, for Americans on the East Coast so does a Category 4 hurricane by the folksy name of Earl. Good people of North Carolina, you’re on notice.

Posted on Aug 31, 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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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 / Aaron Favila

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.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Sajjad

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



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


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Flash Floods Kill At Least 16 in Arkansas

At least 16 people were reported killed by flash floods in western Arkansas on Friday after buildup from heavy rainfall caused flood waters to sweep through campgrounds. ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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AP / Moises Castillo

Guatemala Volcano Creates Calamity

It has been a crazy year for Mother Nature. A volcano in southern Guatemala has erupted, killing one person and covering the capital city with ash as President Alvaro Colom declared the country to be in a “state of calamity.”

Posted on May 29, 2010 READ MORE


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