Disasters

"Nuclear Rules in Japan Relied on Old Science"

"In the country that gave the world the word tsunami, the Japanese nuclear establishment largely disregarded the potentially destructive force of the walls of water. The word did not even appear in government guidelines until 2006, decades after plants — including the Fukushima Daiichi facility that firefighters are still struggling to get under control — began dotting the Japanese coastline."

Source: NY Times, 03/28/2011

"Highly Infectious Poliovirus Found In Gaza Sewage Samples"

"The poliovirus has been found in sewage samples from Gaza putting thousands of people living in crowded displaced persons’ camps at risk of contracting the highly infectious disease that can cause deformities and paralysis."

Source: Guardian, 07/23/2024

Millions Live Near Oil And Gas Wells That Are In The Path Of Wildfires

"As firefighters continue to battle more than two dozen active wildfires in California, new research has found that millions of people are living in close proximity to oil and gas wells that are in the potential path of flames."

Source: LA Times, 07/22/2024

Texas Heat Deaths Climb After Beryl Left Millions Without Power For Days

"As the temperature soared in the Houston-area home Janet Jarrett shared with her sister after losing electricity in Hurricane Beryl, she did everything she could to keep her 64-year-old sibling cool."

Source: LA Times, 07/22/2024

Hawaiian Electric, Others Agree To Proposed $4B Maui Wildfire Deal: Report

"Hawaiian Electric Industries and other defendants in lawsuits over the Maui wildfires in Hawaii have tentatively agreed to pay more than $4 billion in settlement amount, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter."

Source: Reuters, 07/19/2024

"New York City Bill Would Mandate Air-Conditioning for Tenants"

"As New York City endures its third heat wave of the year, a city councilman plans to introduce a bill this week that would require landlords to buy, install and maintain air-conditioning units or cooling systems for tenants during the summer, with fines of up to $1,250 per day for noncompliance."

Source: NYTimes, 07/19/2024
July 25, 2024

SciLine Experts on Camera: Landslide Risks With Dr. Daniel Sturmer

Part of Sciline's "experts on camera" series, U of Cincinnati's Dr. Daniel Sturmer will be available from 1-3 p.m. ET for 15-minute 1-on-1 Zoom interviews. He can discuss landslide causes, management and risks, and how climate change impacts those risks and increases difficulty in forecasting. 

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