Articles on Recovery from NZ Journal

From the Royal Society of NZ, a set of new papers on recovery in this Special Issue on Recovery.  Guest editors: Bruce Glavovic, David Johnston and Ruth McManus. The new issue contains the following articles:

  • Contested meanings of recovery: a critical exploration of the Canterbury earthquakes–voices from the social sciences;
  • Ngā Mōwaho: an analysis of Māori responses to the Christchurch earthquakes;
  • Clergy views on their role in city resilience: lessons from the Canterbury earthquakes;
  • Children with disabilities and disaster preparedness: a case study of Christchurch;
  • Disaster impact and recovery: what children and young people can tell us;
  • Rolling with the shakes: an insight into teenagers’ perceptions of recovery after the Canterbury earthquakes;
  • Resilience? Contested meanings and experiences in post-disaster Christchurch, New Zealand;
  • Voices from the margins of recovery: relocated Cantabrians in Waikato ;
  • Use of domestic craft for meaning-making post-disaster; and
  • ‘The confidence to know I can survive’: resilience and recovery in post-quake Christchurch.


Many thanks to John Coleman of NZ for these citations.

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Humor: Thanksgiving and Disasters

On the light side: an article about Thanksgiving and disasters. See this article titled Thanksgiving disasters can lead to important lessons.  Here is some of the advice provided:

Takecare. Pay attention. Consider others. Offer kindness. Share. Laugh. Make sure relatives know you love them. Realize mistakes do not automatically mean end-of-the-world scenarios. Remember how much more than physical nourishment preparing a meal can mean. These and similar notions play a part in the spirit of traditional Thanksgiving gatherings.


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Escalation of Conflict re Climate Change Scientists


Standoff over government climate study provokes national uproar by scientists

A top House lawmaker’s confrontation with government researchers over a groundbreaking climate change study is provoking a national backlash from scientists, who say his campaign represents the most serious threat Congress has posed to scientific freedom.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has subpoenaed scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and demanded that they turn over internal e-mails related to their research. Their findings contradicted earlier work showing that global warming had paused, and Smith, a climate change skeptic, has accused them of altering global temperature data and rushing to publish their research in the June issue of the journal Science.
[NOAA chief tells lawmaker: No one will ‘coerce the scientists who work for me’]  So far, NOAA officials have resisted Smith’s demands, and the showdown has escalated. The lawmaker has threatened to subpoena Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, while scientists have rallied in solidarity with the researchers.

On Tuesday, seven scientific organizations representing hundreds of thousands of scientists sent an unsparing letter to Smith, warning that his efforts are “establishing a practice of inquests” that will have a chilling effect.

“The repercussions of the committee’s actions could go well beyond climate science, setting a precedent to question other topics such as genetically modified organisms and vaccines that have controversial regulatory and policy implications,” the letter said.

Comment from the Diva:  this conflict is a very serious one for the scientific community, and many of the top scientific organizations have weighed in on it. «

Update:  At least two readers have major disagreements with the report. See their comments on this posting.

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Why the Skepticism re Climate Change?

From the Washington Post: Why are so many Americans skeptical about climate change? A study offers a surprising answer.

Climate change has long been a highly polarizing topic in the United States, with Americans lining up on opposite sides depending on their politics and worldview. Now a scientific study sheds new light on the role played by corporate money in creating that divide.

The report, a systematic review of 20 years’ worth of data, highlights the connection between corporate funding and messages that raise doubts about the science of climate change and whether humans are responsible for the warming of the planet. The analysis suggests that corporations have used their wealth to amplify contrarian views and create an impression of greater scientific uncertainty than actually exists.

The Diva could not readily locate the  URL for the study cited. Thanks to Rob Dale for finding the report. It is titled Corporate funding and ideological polarization about climate change



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Science and Politics of Climate Change

First EPA chief accuses Republicans of ignoring science for political gain

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Webinar on Hazard Mitigation – Dec. 10

From the American Planning Association, a free webinar on Hazard Mitigation Implementation. Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:00:00 PM EST – 3:00:00 PM EST

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Infographic on Disaster Data Recovery

While the focus of this blog is usually on community recovery, many organizations and agencies may be interested in data recovery as well. Thanks to Robert Parmer, the go-to man for infographics!

See: Four Steps for Disaster Recovery Planning,

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