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Tag: Natural Disasters


Why Federal Disaster Relief Money Poses a Bit of Awkwardness for Texas

As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested—and President Obama has granted—federal help.

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N.Y. Attorney General Pressed Red Cross on Post-Sandy Spending, Then Retreated

The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought details on how the charity spent donations after the superstorm, but the information was never released.

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Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

Donors gave $312 million after the storm, but it’s not clear how exactly the money was spent.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE


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Typhoon Haiyan and the Climate Talks









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Posted on Nov 11, 2013 ENLARGE



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Poll Pinpoints Public’s Climate Fears

A multinational insurance group’s global survey reveals high public anxiety about the effects of climate change—with 84 percent of people polled saying they expect more natural disasters in the future.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE


Senator Coburn Wants Offsets for Federal Disaster Relief









Posted on May 27, 2013 ENLARGE


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Videos Capture Scary EF-5 Oklahoma Tornado

At least 24 people were killed, hundreds more were injured and numerous homes, schools and businesses were destroyed after a massive tornado barreled through the town of Moore, Okla., on Monday.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Environment Unprotected From Sequester

Thanks to the dreaded sequester cuts, the nation’s habitat will take a sizable hit as the development of clean energy is set back and 8,400 meat inspectors are furloughed. The oil industry, however, emerges as a victor as it gets to keep its billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies while the EPA sees its funding for monitoring and cleanup reduced, Mother Jones reports.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Memo to the Military: Give a Damn About the Warming Planet

Global warming could be American imperialism’s undoing if Pentagon officials don’t prepare accordingly, a group of experts effectively reported in a study warning against such “climate surprises” as natural disasters, sea-level rise, drought and epidemics.

Posted on Nov 10, 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



AP / Pier Paolo Cito

Bracing for a New Food Crisis

The U.N. is warning that the world may be on the cusp of a new major food crisis as the result of a wave of recent environmental disasters (heat waves, floods, wildfires) and capitalist disasters (market speculation, inflation) that are pushing up the price of foodstuffs.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alexander F. Yuan

China Quake Toll Hits 1,700

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the earthquake-rocked region of Qinghai in western China on Sunday as official estimates of the damage to human life rose to 1,700 dead, with 256 missing and 12,128 injured.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


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UNHCR / John Wreford

Refugees on the Rise

A U.N. report Tuesday estimated the number of the world’s displaced refugees in 2007 at 11.4 million, a majority of which the U.N. says come from the U.S.-led conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Analysts also say the number of refugees threatens to grow even more due to new concerns such as climate change, environmental degradation and increasingly scarce resources.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


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