Disasters

"Nuclear Rules in Japan Relied on Old Science"

"In the country that gave the world the word tsunami, the Japanese nuclear establishment largely disregarded the potentially destructive force of the walls of water. The word did not even appear in government guidelines until 2006, decades after plants — including the Fukushima Daiichi facility that firefighters are still struggling to get under control — began dotting the Japanese coastline."

Source: NY Times, 03/28/2011

"Most Homebuyers And Renters Aren’t Warned About Flood Or Wildfire Risk"

"Each family had their reasons for ending up in harm’s way. For the Harts, it was the chance to have a large backyard in a quiet part of Ashland, Ore. The porch of the Baltimore house was perfect for Scott Harris' barbecue equipment. Kevin Boudreaux had grown up on the bayou and wanted to settle near his childhood home in Cameron, La."

Source: NPR, 10/20/2020

"Wildfire Smoke in US Exposes Millions To Hazardous Pollution"

"Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution data and interviews with physicians, health authorities and researchers."

Source: AP, 10/19/2020

Trump Reverses Decision to Reject California Request for Wildfire Relief

"President Trump reversed himself on Friday, approving a package of wildfire disaster relief for California hours after officials from his administration had explained why the state should not receive the aid."

Source: NYTimes, 10/19/2020

"Climate Impacts: U.S. Migrants On The Move Due To Warming"

"Climate migration in America is no longer about small, isolated communities pulling up stakes to avoid floods, wildfires or rising seas. Physically moving to reduce climate risk is becoming mainstream, experts say, even if climate migrants don't acknowledge warming as a driver of their relocation decisions."

Source: E&E News, 10/16/2020

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