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And you think the UK’s winter is bad this year?

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With January’s rainfall making it the wettest winter month since records began in 1767, people are understandably wondering if we are experiencing Britain’s worst ever floods. The discovery that we are not is hardly likely to bring any consolation to the poor souls whose homes and lives have been ruined, but history does show us that far worse disasters have hit our nation in the past. Some occurred long before weather records began, but others happened well within living memory…

 

An image of Coccidioides immitis, a pathogenic fungus that can cause Valley Fever. Credit: CDC/ Lucille Georg
An image of Coccidioides immitis, a pathogenic fungus that can cause Valley Fever. Credit: CDC/ Lucille Georg

 

Adaptation: How can cities be “climate-proofed”?

The island nation of Singapore offers other lessons. Singapore began adapting to dangerous weather thirty years ago, after a series of heavy rains during monsoon season caused repeated flooding in the low-lying city center. Mentions Singapore’s Marina Barrage and Reservoir, which opened in 2008. Still, a strategy of resilience will involve more than changes to our physical infrastructure…

 

Natural Disasters Bring Risk of Fungal Infections

After the devastating 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., 13 severely injured people developed a rare fungal infection called mucormycosis. The type of fungus that causes this infection is found in the soil and decaying organic matter that victims were exposed to as a result of the disaster. [Top 10 Deadliest Natural Disasters in History]…

 

Clive Palmer and independents call for emergency fund for natural disasters

Queensland MP and businessman Clive Palmer is calling for a national emergency fund to provide speedier relief for businesses and communities following natural disasters or industry crises.  Mr Palmer on Thursday announced that he would propose a private member’s bill to examine the best way to launch the so-called “Australia Fund”. He is being backed by fellow independents Bob Katter, Cathy McGowan and Andrew Wilkie…

 

1 in 5 feel prepared for disaster

Most New Zealanders feel they are unprepared for a natural disaster, according to new figures. Statistics New Zealand’s 2012 New Zealand General Social Survey show 22 percent of people have an emergency kit with enough food and water for three days, as well as a household emergency plan. A further 17 percent of people have a better than basic kit which includes a torch, a radio and first aid supplies. The number of people with any sort of emergency kit is up five percent from 2010. Survey manager Philip Walker said unsurprisingly, earthquake-hit Canterbury was the most prepared region with 40 percent of respondents saying they were fully prepared…

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