disaster awareness

debris covers parts of a highway as hurricane irma lands in delray beach, florida

Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is the climate crisis to blame

Once a storm gets to category three it is classed as a major hurricane, with winds of at least 111mph and enough force to damage homes and snap trees. Category five storms, of at least 157mph, can raze dwellings, cause widespread power outages and result in scores of deaths.

a tornado in berrien county, ga., damaged this mobile home on 22 january 2017

Tornado Warnings Don’t Adequately Prepare Mobile Home Residents

A survey of the southeastern United States shows that nearly half of mobile home residents don’t know where to shelter during a tornado, and many aren’t getting the resources they need to survive one — Mobile homes are death traps in a tornado. And yet new research shows that residents across the southeastern United States, …

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the guardian will publish the mauna loa carbon count every day

Why the Guardian is putting global CO2 levels in the weather forecast

As CO2 levels climb, the carbon count is a daily reminder we must tackle climate change now. The simplest measure of how the mass burning of fossil fuels is disrupting the stable climate in which human civilisation developed is the number of carbon dioxide molecules in the atmosphere.

david attenborough

Attenborough to front climate-change film as BBC moves from teach to preach

Natural history programming is one of the oldest and most sustainable forms of TV life. It is 50 years since David Attenborough made his first major TV documentary series, The Miracle of Bali, its title capturing the eyes-wide wonder of the genre at the time.

satellite image of the low pressure area which used to be tropical depression chedeng

Chedeng makes landfall in Davao Occidental, becomes LPA

PAGASA warned that even if there are no more areas under Signal No. 1, the LPA will still trigger moderate to heavy rain in Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, the Davao Region, and Soccsksargen, as well as portions of Northern Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.

a bundle of fiber-optic cables

Unused Fiber-Optic Cables Repurposed as Seismic Sensors

During the 1990s, telecommunications companies installed thousands of kilometers of fiber-optic cables underground in anticipation of the dot-com boom. What can we do now with all of that unused dark fiber? Turn it into an extensive seismic activity sensor, according to a recent study.

a firefighter looks on as homes burn

Communities of Color Are More Vulnerable to Wildfires

Affluent white people are more likely to live in fire-prone areas, but race and socioeconomic vulnerability can put minority communities at greater risk, a new study finds — Minority and disadvantaged communities tend to be hit much harder than affluent neighborhoods by natural disasters—this fact is well documented. For example, New Orleans’s economically disadvantaged 9th …

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