Review of New Book on the Pandemic

From the Wash Post, this book review: How decades of greed and bad choices left us vulnerable to a pandemic, Review of a new book titled: “The Making of a Pandemic: Social, Political, and Psychological Perspectives on Covid-19,

“… the book turns out to be an examination, indeed an indictment, of the last few decades of American politics, business and society. This pandemic book spends relatively little time on the years of the pandemic, but it paints a grim picture of decisions and events from dozens of years before.

Extreme Heat and Health

New Report: Tools for Extreme Heat and Health
of the Nation.


The Biden administration, through the interagency National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), just launched Heat.gov, a website that serves as a hub for extreme heat and the health of the nation by providing clear, science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks that can be caused by extreme heat.

NIHHIS was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring together all federal programs and agencies that focus on societal heat resilience to improve the federal, state, and local capacity to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of the rising temperatures seen in the United States.

Heat.gov presents maps, data, and information from across disciplines that can enable informed decisions by communities and allow planning for heat in the weeks and months ahead. The site features heat information from across federal agencies, heat planning and preparedness guides, as well as interactive tools such as a climate explorer to see projected climate conditions in the U.S. and the CDC’s Heat & Health Tracker. Heat.gov also includes information on NIHHIS programs, events and news articles, heat and health program funding opportunities,
and information to help at-risk communities.

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Stop Blaming Climate for Disasters

From Nature.com: Stop Blaming Climate for disasters

“Natural hazards such as floods, droughts and heatwaves become disasters as a result of societal vulnerability, that is, a propensity of people, societies and ecosystems to be harmed. Often, people’s social, political and economic status determines the nature of differential and disproportionate impacts1. In addition, many natural hazards are not just natural processes, but have been made more likely and more intense by human-caused climate change2. This has long been recognized3,4,5, yet disasters continue to be construed as an ‘Act of God’ or described as ‘natural’.”

Thanks for Chris Jones for the citation.

Fast Growing Cities at High Risk from Climate Change

From The Guardian: Alarm as fastest growing US cities risk becoming unlivable from climate crisis. Some of the cities enjoying population boom are among those gripped by a ferocious heatwave and seeing record temperatures

“The ferocious heatwave that is gripping much of the US south and west has highlighted an uncomfortable, ominous trend – people are continuing to flock to the cities that risk becoming unlivable due to the climate crisis.

Some of the fastest-growing cities in the US are among those currently being roasted by record temperatures that are baking the more than 100 million Americans under some sort of extreme heat warning. More than a dozen wildfires are engulfing areas from Texas to California and Alaska, with electricity blackouts feared for places where the grid is coming under severe strain.                                                   ‘

FEMA’s Public Assistant Alternative Procedures Assessed by OIG

From HSToday: OIG Assesses FEMA’s Public Assistance Alternative Procedures.

The Office of Inspector General OIG assessed whether Public Assistance Alternative Procedures (PAAP) for permanent work projects sped disaster recovery, increased the accuracy of cost estimates to restore facilities, improved the effectiveness of financial incentives and disincentives, the cost effectiveness of PAAP, and whether the PAAP independent expert panel was effective.