SOURCE: Washington Post
Nukes, plugs and walls: Humanity’s harebrained schemes for combating natural disasters
Whether we’re considering corking the top of an erupting volcano, erecting a wall to guard against a tornado or pumping water into a fault line to stop an earthquake, humanity’s solutions are often shortsighted and sloppy.
Puerto Rico's power outages are the largest in US history, report says
In terms of the total number of lost hours of electricity, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are in the midst of the largest blackout in US history, according to a report from an economic research company.
Puerto Rico’s Hurricane María Proves Once Again that Natural Disasters Are Never Natural
by Stuart B. Schwartz
The island’s political and financial crisis and its problematic political status makes coping with disaster very difficult.
What It Was Like Living Through Irma at a Shelter
by Pearl Duncan
A geologist’s experience and the lessons she learned.
Was It Bad Luck or Climate Change?
by Sam White
Harvey and Irma take us back to an old problem.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
The cost of coastal capitalism: How greedy developers left Miami ripe for destruction
by Andrew W. Kahrl
Building on vulnerable coastlines isn't about ignorance or hubris — it's about profit.
SOURCE: New Historian
Monster Hurricanes Battered US Northeast 800 Years Ago
A new study of sediment deposits from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, shows that 23 severe hurricanes hit New England between 250 and 1150 CE.
NOAA puts 170 years of hurricane history into one interactive site
The site serves up data on global hurricanes as they made landfall going back to 1842.
Was Katrina the Biggest, the Worst Natural Disaster in U.S. History?
by Normand Forgues-Roy
How did Katrina compare with other natural disasters?
The Great Flood of 1927: An Interview with Pete Daniel
by Rick Shenkman
It was the flood of all floods – and it changed America forever.
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