Dilemma for Alaskan Villages

A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change.

With its proximity to the Arctic, Alaska is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the United States and the state is heading for the warmest year on record. The government has identified at least 31 Alaskan towns and cities at imminent risk of destruction, with Shaktoolik ranking among the top four. Some villages, climate change experts predict, will be uninhabitable by 2050, their residents joining a flow of climate refugees around the globe, in Bolivia, China, Niger and other countries.

These endangered Alaskan communities face a choice. They could move to higher ground, a wrenching prospect that for a small village could cost as much as $200 million. Or they could stand their ground and hope to find money to fortify their buildings and shore up their coastline.

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Two Recovery Job Openings at FEMA HQ

See this recruitment flyer for details:  recruitment-for-gs-11-and-13-community-planning-and-capacity-building-core-employee

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Climate Change – Some New Views

Washington Won’t Have Last Word on Climate Change. according to Michael Bloomberg.

Last June in Beijing, during the U.S.-China Cities Summit on Climate Change, we announced a partnership between the Compact of Mayors and China’s Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities. Since then, the Compact of Mayors has joined forces with the European Union’s Covenant of Mayors, making the new Global Covenant of Mayors the single largest and most ambitious coalition of mayors on climate change.

In fact, if the Trump administration does withdraw from the Paris accord, I will recommend that the 128 U.S. mayors who are part of the Global Covenant of Mayors seek to join in its place.

Washington will not have the last word on the fate of the Paris agreement in the U.S. — mayors will, together with business leaders and citizens.

And here is a related article: With waning US leadership on climate, nonstate actors to play outsize role . Civil society and other groups, such as academics and businesses, stand to play a bigger role in how the countries of the world address climate change.

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Prepare for Quakes in CA

Earthquake Experts Urge Californians to Prepare for Future Disasters.

In the wake of a series of small Southern California seismic events that prompted a state agency to issue a major earthquake alert, a panel of disaster management leaders urged residents to insure their property and take other steps to get prepared.

The appeal was made by representatives of the American Red Cross, the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, the California Institute of Technology and the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) – the state-sanctioned not-for-profit insurer – at a November 17 earthquake preparedness forum organized by New America Media.

Southern Californians should prepare for an earthquake comparable to the magnitude 6.7 Northridge temblor in 1994, the last major seismic disaster in the region, according to panelists.

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New, Free Threat Analysis Website

The Diva cannot vouch for its accuracy and validity, but give it a try and see what you think.  See: http://allhazards.net/

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Japan Did Learn from 2011 Trifecta Disasters

The Diva is always happy to be able to provide a “lessons learned” posting. Here are two articles about the most recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Bitter lessons of Japan’s 2011 tsunami put to use with latest quake.

Massive tsunami waves slammed into Japan’s northeastern coast more than five years ago, killing about 18,000 people and prompting authorities to revise warning systems and evacuation plans to try to save more lives.

On Tuesday, when a magnitude 7.4 quake hit the same area, the country swung into action, using lessons learned in the March 11, 2011, disaster to ensure coastal residents evacuated well before the much smaller waves hit.

Japan’s latest tsunami reaction shows lessons learned from previous disasters

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Aftershocks in Italy

I thought the mention of 1,000-3,000 aftershocks in NZ was scary, but take a look at this situation. See: Italy’s Zone of Endless Shaking.

The Oct. 30 quake was catastrophic, but hardly a one-off event. Since Aug. 24, the broader area has endured some 28,500 earthquakes and aftershocks, with at least 47 above 4.0 magnitude. Some have cracked buildings; some have merely rattled dishes in cupboards. Others have not been felt at all. But every day the earth is still moving.

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