Possible Effects of EPA Budget Cuts

From the Conversation website: In planned EPA cuts, US to lose vital connection to at-risk communities.

The Trump budget calls for slashing the EPA budget by an estimated 31 percent. Staff would be reduced by 25 percent and 50 programs could see cuts, such as ones designed to lower the health risks from lead paint.

In all likelihood, the first communities to feel effects of a dismantled EPA are those who consistently pay the biggest price when policy strays from being focused on people. It will be the indigenous people, the populations who live in poverty and at-risk communities – often populated by people of color – who typically feel the sharp cuts and public health effects first and fully.

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Disasters in First Quarter of 2017 Set Record

U.S. disasters in first 3 months of 2017 cost record $5B.  Given these facts, is this the right time to endure major cutbacks in federal funding regarding EPA, NOAA, FEMA and other agencies?

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New Resilience Study

New resilience study helps governments prevent disaster-related loss

Hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis, and other disasters cannot be stopped, but countries can plan for them — something some areas of the world seem to do better than others, according to a new study. In the study, thirty-eight factors that affect a country’s resilience were derived from national and international databases, and the researchers used these databases to grade the resilience of each country and continent and develop a comprehensive index that includes indicators such as the number of disasters and their death tolls, as well as an area’s population, infrastructure, economy and educational system

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Earthquake Early Warning for Transit Systems

From the Homeland Security Newswire: Earthquake early warning vital for city transit. |

Although no one can reliably predict earthquakes, today’s technology is advanced enough to rapidly detect seismic waves as an earthquake begins, calculate the maximum expected shaking, and send alerts to surrounding areas before damage can occur. This technology is known as “earthquake early warning” (EEW). An EEW system called “ShakeAlert” is being developed and tested for the West Coast of the United States.

“EEW is a game changer with respect to postdisaster recovery,” Johnson said. “By using EEW to minimize derailments, lives will be saved, injuries will be reduced, and the impacts to a postdisaster-stressed medical system will be minimized.”

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Securing Critical Sectors

From the HSDL, this account of a new report on critical infrastructure by MIT: Keeping America Safe: Toward More Secure Networks for Critical Sectors

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17 States Challenge Trump Climate Change Actions

Coalition of 17 states challenges Trump over climate change policy

A coalition led by New York state insists the Trump administration has a legal obligation to regulate the emission of carbon pollution: ‘The law is clear’

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Seattle Still Not Ready for Big Quake

From my fellow blogger, Eric Holdeman:  Seattle: You Need an Earthquake Relocation Plan. “Most people have no idea how close they are to calamity.”

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