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This map reveals how natural disasters affect the internet

If you want to know the internet is affected by natural disasters, here’s an amazing visualization. It shows all the places where internet service went down after Hurricane Sandy. In the future, disasters don’t just rob you of power and water — they rob you of information, too. Using a new internet research tool called ZMap, researchers at the University of Michigan created this map based on how many servers were out during Sandy…

An aerial view of a demolished coastal town on Eastern Samar Island on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

An aerial view of a demolished coastal town on Eastern Samar Island on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Learn from ‘Yolanda’

If our Facebook news feeds are of any indication, it is an understatement that Filipinos are considerably concerned about Supertyphoon “Yolanda” and reports of its aftermath. This is completely understandable considering even our hardy nature, all too often buffeted by typhoons, earthquakes and disasters of a manmade kind (think of Janet Napoles and her ilk). Yolanda was indeed extraordinary, packing such brute force that brought even the hardiest among us to our knees.  As of this writing, many of us are posting status updates in aid of the relief effort, or extolling the indomitable, storm-proof spirit of the Filipino. While I certainly welcome this rallying together in the face of disaster, I would also encourage ourselves to take a more long-term mindset. Our culture has to make disaster preparation a lifelong learning priority…

NYIT Students Turn Plastic Bottles Into Disaster Relief

Last week’s devastating typhoon in the Philippines has reminded designers of the ongoing challenge of creating safe, temporary shelters when natural disasters hit. Crates of food and water are some of the first types of aid delivered to these ravaged areas; so what if these resources could be designed to also provide shelter and minimize waste? The New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture asked just that question and came up with a solution: SodaBIB, a new type of shipping pallet that would allow commonly used plastic bottles to be used for shelter…

Relief Proceeds Slowly in Philippines, Where a Death Toll Remains Unclear

The United Nations has also had trouble reporting on the total death toll, with its Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reporting 3,600 deaths on Friday, a day after saying there had been 4,460. John Ging, the office’s operations director, apologized Friday for the discrepancy, saying the higher number had been an estimate, not a count of actual confirmed deaths. At a news briefing at United Nations headquarters in New York, Mr. Ging and Ted Chaiban, the director of emergency programs at Unicef, said 13 million people had been affected by the typhoon, including five million children. They said the pace of emergency aid arrival was steadily improving…

‘Need to redefine relationship with nature’

Terming the recent natural disasters in Uttarakhand and Odisha as a wake up call, environmentalist today called for redefining relationship with nature and sought more practical approach for its protection.  In a conference held here by environmental organisation Navdanya on ‘re-imagining the human-nature relationship in context of disasters’, the environment activists said that the recent disasters have shown that it has become a life threatening moment for humans…

 

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