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A Year of Living Dangerously: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2010

A man, who lost relatives in the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, visits the mass grave site in Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince March 21, 2011.

A man, who lost relatives in the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, visits the mass grave site in Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince March 21, 2011.

The entire Brookings Report A Year of Living Dangerously: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2010 may be found here.

From the Web site

APRIL 2011 —

Almost 300 million people were affected by natural disasters in 2010. The large disasters provided constant headlines throughout the year, beginning with the devastating earthquake in Haiti followed one month later by the even more severe—but far less deadly—earthquake in Chile. In the spring, ash spewing from volcano Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland paralyzed flights for weeks in the northern hemisphere. Early summer witnessed the worst Russian wildfires in history while a few months later, the steadily rising floodwaters in Pakistan covered 20 percent of the country. In sum, it was a terrible year in terms of natural disasters causing havoc and destruction around the globe. However, many of the largest disasters barely made headlines in the Western press….

April 19, 2011 Posted by | Public Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

US Geological Survey provides publicly available water quality information

 

USGS - science for a changing worldStreams, lakes, and reservoirs home pageGroundwater, aquifers, and wells home page. [Photo: Child drinking water.] Floods and droughts home page

The US Geological Survey Water Survey Web page provides hydrologic and water quality information including water data, publications, maps, recent water project information, and event information.

 

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February 5, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Public Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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