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

Almost 2/3 of Americans Live In Counties With Levees, FEMA Says

"The share of Americans living in counties and parishes that are at least partially protected by earthen and concrete levee systems increased to 62%, or more than 201 million people, in 2019, compared to 55% a decade earlier, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency statistics obtained by Levees.org, a New Orleans-based advocacy group.

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 08/12/2020

Children Can Get Severe COVID-19, CDC Says — Esp. Black, Hispanic Kids

"While most children who catch the coronavirus have either no symptoms or mild ones, they are still at risk of developing "severe" symptoms requiring admission to an intensive care unit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report released Friday."

Source: NPR, 08/11/2020

"Hurricane Forecast: ‘One of the Most Active Seasons on Record’"

"Following a record number of Atlantic Ocean storms over the past two months, including five that struck the United States, government scientists on Thursday updated their forecast for the remainder of the hurricane season, saying it was likely to be extremely active."

Source: NYTimes, 08/07/2020

New Global Standards For Mine Waste Won’t Prevent Dam Failures: Critics

"New global industry standards for dealing with mine waste are not enforceable, fail to set measurable standards and will not protect communities, workers or the environment from disasters such as the 2014 Mount Polley spill or the deadly 2019 Brumadinho dam failure in Brazil, says an international group of scientists, community organizations and non-profits."

Source: The Narwhal, 08/06/2020

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