Category Archives: Human Impacts

Recap of 2017 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is finally ending. Interesting facts and figures for the 2017 season of hurricanes.

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FL Is “Ticking Time Bomb”

From Scientific American: Hurricane Irma: Florida’s Overdevelopment Has Created a Ticking Time Bomb. Disaster risk expert says intense population growth and urban coastal development have created a huge danger. The title is a bit dramatic, but the message is one … Continue reading

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A Tragedy Made Worse by Human Action

Explosion That Killed 15 at Texas Fertilizer Plant Is Ruled Intentional The fire that set off one of the worst industrial disasters in Texas history — the deadly explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Tex., in 2013 — was … Continue reading

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” To Reduce the Impact of Disasters, Increase the Focus on Children”

From the HuffPost, an interesting article by the head of UNICEF. See: To Reduce the Impact of Disasters, Increase the Focus on Children.  Here are some numbers that indicate how big this segment of the population is: The number of … Continue reading

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Disasters and Poverty – new international report

Natural disasters ‘making poor poorer’ warn ODI is the heading for an article about a new report issued by the Overseas Development Institute. The data and the graphics in the report are quite sobering.  Some excerpts for the article: The … Continue reading

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Disaster Aftermath – changes in personal behavior, more “short fuses”

This article about Christchurch, NZ highlights some of the results of stress and anxiety from a major destructive earthquake and thousands of aftershocks. As you might expect, those conditions do affect people’s behavior. And if you read some of the … Continue reading

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Talking to Kids re Natural Disasters — some resources

From Eastern Iowa Life, a useful list of resources for helping children cope with the aftermath of disasters.  July 1, 2011. Related articles Talking With Your Kids About Natural Disasters (tastelikecrazy.com)

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