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Florida House Passes Bill To Carry Guns Without Permit During Natural Disaster

1The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to allow citizens to arm themselves without a gun permit in the event of a natural disaster. Anyone with no criminal record would be able to carry a gun without a permit during a crisis situation or evacuation procedures for a natural disaster, like a hurricane or wildfire, according to a bill passed Friday by the House. The House voted 80-36, sending the bill to the state Senate. The Senate is preparing to put the measure to a vote and get the bill on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk by the end of the month…


The map above shows the past century of known earthquakes with a magnitude of at least 5. Source:

The map above shows the past century of known earthquakes with a magnitude of at least 5. Source:

Fungal Infections May Be Overlooked After Natural Disasters

Survivors of natural disasters may develop fungal infections that aren’t properly treated because they’re clinically similar to bacterial infections, a recent report indicates. During a natural disaster pathogenic fungi may be disrupted from their natural habitat and spread over wide areas, infecting dozens or hundreds of people (Benedict K and Park BJ. Emerg Infect Dis. 2014;20[3]:349-355). After the January 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake, its aftershocks, and related landslides, it’s likely that Coccidioides spores were aerosolized and spread by huge dust clouds. In nearby Ventura County, California, 203 acute cases of coccidioidomycosis were linked with dust exposure. Fungal infection apparently wasn’t considered in the initial diagnoses; 93% of the patients received at least 1 antibacterial drug before coccidioidomycosis was diagnosed…


Practices for Resilience and Development

Resilience, the ability to bounce back on purpose from failure and discouragement, is one of the core capacities of innovation. Without resilience we would not be able to stay true to our vision as we fail in yet another iteration or receive honest yet painful feedback on our idea. Innovation is rarely, if ever a single flash of brilliance, but rather the painstaking task of uncovering all the ways our ideas don’t work. As Thomas Edison noted in his work on the light bulb, “I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” That means he needed the resilience to bounce back and keep to his vision 9,999 times…


Natural disasters to cost Canadian economy up to $39.16 billion by 2050: Report

00A new report by TD Economics said natural disasters are estimated to cost the Canadian economy $21 billion Canadian ($19.12 billion) to $43 billion Canadian ($39.16 billion) per year by 2050, Toronto Star reported. An estimated $5 billion Canadian ($4.55 billion) will be sapped from the economy by 2020, the report said. “Storms that used to occur every forty years are now occurring every six years,” lead author and TD economist Craig Alexander said…


“The aim is simple: to leave a more resilient world to future generations”

16 April 2014 150 Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters. “The aim is simple: to leave a more resilient world to future generations,” Mr. Ban told high-level representatives of Member States attending a briefing on the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held next year in the Japanese city of Sendai…

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