Category: Disasters

Study offers coastal communities better way to prepare for devastating storms

The historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was destroyed by fierce winds that hit during Hurricane Sandy. Image Credit: Liz Roll/FEMA.

With massive coastal storms on the rise, a new study describes a method for stakeholders in vulnerable communities to be involved in preparing for, absorbing, recovering and adapting from devastation.

Hurricane risk to US northeast coast

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The northeastern coast of the United States could be hit by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports

‘Biblical’ moth influx threatens to devastate crops

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Scientists have learned that cabbage and cauliflower crops could potentially be “devastated” by an infestation of moths from continental Europe.

Europe floods: Seine could peak at six metres as Louvre closes doors

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Bodies found in France and Germany, villages flooded and roads wrecked amid forecasts of more deluges and rising watersEurope flooding: have you been affected?

California Natural Gas Leak Officially Largest Leak in U.S. History

Equipment and machinery is seen on a ridge above a natural gas well known as SS25 in Southern California Gas Company's vast Aliso Canyon facility. Pressure on the company has been mounting as residents of nearby Porter Ranch deal with the odor resulting from a leak at the well which was discovered on October 23. 12/14/2015
Originally Published by Yale Environment 360The four-month natural gas leak that sickened hundreds of Los Angeles residents and forced the evacuations of 1,800 homes this winter has officially been deemed the largest methane leak in U.S. history, according to a study in the journal Science. Topic: Disasters

Category 5 Cyclone Winston slams Fiji

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Originally Published by EarthSkyThe globe’s strongest tropical cyclone recorded so far in 2016 intensified in the Southern Pacific and made landfall in Fiji Saturday, February 20, 2016. Cyclone Winston, which is the name given by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, was a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 300 kph (185 mph) that produced […]

Northern Forests Emerge As the New Global Tinderbox

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Rapidly rising temperatures, changes in precipitation, and increased lightning strikes are leading to ever-larger wildfires in the northern forests of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, with potentially severe ecological consequences. Topic: Disasters

Another earthquake hits Oklahoma as concern rises over wastewater injection

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Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian4.2 magnitude quake is among more than 800 in the state in 2015, and many are occurring in areas where wells pump byproducts of oil and gas production A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck north Oklahoma City early on New Year’s Day, the latest in a series of temblors in […]

Widespread flood warnings as UK braces for Storm Frank

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianNorth of England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland told to prepare for floods, with Yorkshire expected to bear brunt People in the north of England, south and central Scotland, and Northern Ireland are being warned to brace themselves for more downpours and the possibility of increased flooding overnight, […]

Fires Put a Carbon Monoxide Cloud over Indonesia

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Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryIn September 2015, fires in Indonesia produced prodigious amounts of carbon monoxide. Topic: Disasters