From the NYTimes: Wildfires Are Worsening. The Way We Manage Them Isn’t Keeping Pace. The blazes scorching the West highlight the urgency of rethinking fire management policies, as climate change threatens to make things worse.
Another take on the topic: “Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires. The size, speed, and timing of the wildfires, coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, have created a unique disaster.
From Vox: California’s recurring wildfire problem, explained. The state’s weather is becoming warmer and more volatile due to climate change. And there are more people and buildings.
How forcing colleges to go online could change higher education for the better
A silver lining in a troubling time.
From FEMA, this 228 guidance document. Safety Evaluation Guidance Report on the Current State of Practice, including Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability FEMA P-2055 / November 2019
From the National Academy Press, a new Consensus Study Report, 4 page highlights: A Framework for Assessing Mortality and Morbidity After Large-Scale Disasters
Here is a copy of the news release for that report.
From the NYTimes: Here’s a Way to Make Communities More Resilient to Hurricanes: Listen to the scientists who study them. An excerpt:
“Listening to scientists saved lives.
Imagine if we applied that kind of expertise and political decision-making to the myriad challenges that living in a hurricane zone brings: where we build, how we make what we’ve built resilient and how we prepare residents for storms of growing strength. Basing policy on the best available science will be even more critical as the climate changes.”
The WordPress editor has changed,
and blog life has been rearranged.
Why do they do this stuff,
enough is enough!,
please don’t leave the authors estranged.
Thanks to a reader for this great limerick. Someone at WordPress needs to pay attention!
From the Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, a list of recommended books published in the past few years,
From Cell: Emerging Pandemic Diseases: How We Got to COVID-19, by David Morens and Anthony Fauci. Direct link to the 19 page report.
The novel coronavirus is the latest sign that the world has “entered a pandemic era,” Anthony S. Fauci and epidemiologist David Morens, both of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warn in a report in the scientific journal Cell. The scientists write that human activity appears to be a major contributing factor in the emergence of diseases, which “should force us to begin to think in earnest and collectively about living in more thoughtful and creative harmony with nature.”