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When Predictable Disasters Happen

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On September 16, 2018
As I discussed when Hurricane Florence was about to strike, natural disasters are really natural forces exposing the inequalities and poor planning of human society. Thus, the example of coal ash ponds collapsing has come to pass. Florence’s catastrophic rains have caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill to collapse at a […]
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Nice that the Texas state government is making sure very little money goes to Houston to rebuild. In September, another big problem appeared over Houston, a messy city run by one of those dangerous Democratic mayors, Sylvester Turner. Houston is the state‚Äôs beating heart, and Harvey could end up being the most expensive natural disaster […]
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Houston and Natural Disasters

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On August 28, 2017
I am a weather nerd (among many other forms of nerd). Every day, I check the National Weather Service’s 5 and 7 day rainfall forecasts. I think I started doing this while freaking out about drought and climate change in my beloved American West. Plus, as an environmental historian, it’s how I roll. Anyway, as […]

3/11

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On March 11, 2016

Five years today since the Fukushima earthquake and subsequent nuclear power plant disaster. Some links for this anniversary. The power plant is still leaking radioactive substances into the ocean, al

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Zika and Inequality

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On February 21, 2016
Disasters, however “natural,” are a wonderful (well, horrible really) entry point into exposing to the public to deep fissures on inequality in a society. That’s true whether they are earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, or disease epidemics. This includes Zika, even as our knowledge of what is really going on remains very much a work in […]
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