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Green Technology

The Impact of Future Technology in Emergency Management

September 6, 2019
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With the reality of climate change visible on weather reports, we as a society must prepare ourselves for more severe weather. Those on the East and Southern coasts brace themselves for hurricanes and floods, while the West battles wildfire and drought. In an emergency when seconds count, technology can streamline evacuation efforts, reunite families and transport needed supplies to survivors.

What emerging technologies will have the most significant influence on emergency management? How can we use what we possess currently to improve response times? And can advances in software and hardware help prevent future disasters?

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Green Technology

What Technology Predicting Natural Disasters Means for Disaster Preparedness

September 2, 2019
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Natural disasters are becoming more prevalent and more destructive with each passing year, thanks to climate change and the rising global temperature. Hurricanes are getting larger and more powerful. Droughts are lasting longer, which encourages both water scarcity and wildfires. There are many other disasters we don’t hear about on the news unless they impact human life. New technology may be able to predict these events more accurately than ever before. What does this new predictive technology mean for disaster preparedness?

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Environment

The Relationship Between Population Growth and Natural Disasters

August 29, 2019
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By the statistics, natural disasters seem to have become more severe. Wildfires, earthquakes and hurricanes dominate the news cycle. 2018 was one of the costliest years on record for natural disasters. That same year, Hurricane Michael became the strongest hurricane on record to strike the Florida panhandle. And we know that climate change has the potential to make natural disasters even worse.

But what’s driving this change in the impact of natural disasters? Is the culprit a change in the climate or a change in how and where people live?

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Oceans

How Does Contaminated Flood Water Affects Our Health?

August 26, 2019
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A flood is a natural occurrence where water covers once-dry land. It can have a positive impact on an ecosystem, especially one experiencing prolonged drought. Unfortunately for most, it can also have a deadly effect.

Flooding typically happens after heavy rainfall when waterways – like rivers, creeks and ponds – can’t hold the new water. In coastal cities, tropical cyclones, tsunamis and high tide combined with high river levels cause floods.

Natural disasters are worsening with global warming. As temperatures rise, so does the risk of tropical cyclones and intense storms. Experts say a warmer climate could produce fewer storms – but they will be much more destructive.

If you get caught in a flood situation, you can reduce health risks by avoiding the water.

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Oceans

The Causes and Effects of Oceanic Natural Disasters on Our Environment

August 23, 2019
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Natural disasters wreak havoc on the people affected by them. When it comes to oceanic natural disasters, such as tsunamis, there are also substantial implications on the environment. We’ll explore some of them here. Tsunamis are long, high waves typically caused by underwater earthquakes occurring at tectonic plate boundaries. Most happen in areas that have above-average tectonic plate activity.

But, volcanic eruptions and undersea landslides can also trigger tsunamis, as could a meteorite hitting the ocean. Tsunamis reach top speeds of 500 miles per hour. That’s why it’s crucial to use early-warning systems that give people the information they need to seek shelter on higher ground before the disasters hit.

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Wildlife

Animal Disaster Rescue Will Need to Evolve With Climate Change

August 15, 2019
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This may not be that widely known, but in 2006 Congress passed bipartisan legislation called the PETS Act, or the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act. The passing of this law coincided with the widespread criticism of FEMA and the executive branch as Hurricane Katrina was pummeling New Orleans.

The PETS Act was an important step forward in our collective response to natural disasters and how we go about reuniting animals with their families after the worst has passed.

With global climate change making both the risk and intensity of such disasters worse, the time has come to re-evaluate whether our current protocols are good enough for the task ahead. It’s vital to determine how well our homes and communities have prepared for whatever might happen, including to our animal brothers and sisters.

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Wildlife

What Are the Effects of Natural Disasters on Wildlife?

August 12, 2019
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Natural disasters are a part of life on our little blue marble, but climate change has started making them more intense and more deadly in recent years. Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on August 25th, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane, caused 39 deaths and millions of dollars in damage. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico where Harvey formed are warmer than they used to be, so hurricanes are getting larger and stronger than ever. We pay a lot of attention to the effect that these disasters have on human life, but how do they affect wildlife?

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Environment

What Causes Natural Disasters and How Do They Impact Climate Change?

August 8, 2019
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A major part of mounting a realistic defense against climate change is understanding the signs to look for and how they stand to change life as we know it. Right now, a lot of people overlook the relationship between our changing climate and the likelihood and intensity of natural disasters.

Climate change doesn’t cause natural disasters, nor vice versa. But both of these monumental forces seem to be locked in a kind of feedback loop that’s making both of them more destructive and far harder to protect ourselves against. Let’s take a look at this relationship, why it exists, and what it means for the future of human and animal life on earth.

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Green Technology

Humanitarian Engineering Bringing Renewable Energy to Disaster-Hit Communities

July 18, 2019

Public attention may fade, but the effects of a natural disaster can linger long after camera crews have left. The lasting consequences of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico serve as a fitting example of this phenomenon. After the hurricane severely compromised their power grid, the island’s infrastructure fell apart, and entire towns went without electricity for almost a year.

In the wake of the destruction, families had to depend on backup generators, navigating a dangerous landscape of leaning power poles, fallen trees and other debris. Fortunately, humanitarian engineering has helped manage the energy needs of affected areas in the aftermath of many natural disasters.

The executive director and co-founder of Empowered by Light, Moira Hanes, sees renewable energy as the solution. Her nonprofit partnered with the Las Vegas Fire Department to install solar hubs at firehouses across Puerto Rico. The solar and construction companies Sunrun and Aireko also participated.

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Environment

World Population Day: Can Our Planet Sustain a Growing Number of People?

July 11, 2019
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In 1989, the United Nations dubbed July 11 World Population Day to focus on the urgency of Earth’s growing population. The day’s purpose is to encourage discussion about health care, contraceptives, family planning and much more. With a current population of more than 7 billion people, the Earth is seemingly already at capacity.

Experts are searching for ways to extend our planet’s natural resources. But in the meantime, overpopulation acts as a threat to our species’ existence, with 83 million people added to the population each day. As the years pass and more people are born, it will compound the problem.

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