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toxicNatural disasters threaten to unearth toxic waste from lead smelters

229 lead smelters were shut down in the US in the 1980s and were recently evaluated in a new nationwide study. Between the 1930s and 1960s, over 600 lead smelters were in full use across the US. To extract lead, workers used blast furnaces to process ore. The byproduct that was left behind in the mines included toxic lead ores and arsenic. During a natural disaster, flood, hurricane, earthquake or tornado, these particles can be easily redistributed into the waking environment, as industrial pollutants make a haunting return…

 

What Jill Abramson can teach us about resilience

JillFormer New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson delivered a keynote speech on being resilient at Wake Forest University’s graduation last Monday. But the speech left me wanting. Abramson certainly illustrated resiliency by speaking in public less than a week after her ouster from the Times, but she provided the graduates with few life lessons on how to pick yourself up and dust yourself off after getting knocked down. “Show what you are made of,” was the one bit of advice she gave to anyone who’s “been dumped, not gotten the job you really wanted, or received those horrible rejection letters from grad school.”…

 

Climate change related resilience planning has become crucial for all corporations

S&P 500 companies are seeing climate change related risks increase in urgency, likelihood and frequency, with many describing significant impacts already affecting their business operations, according to a new report from CDP, which collects environmental performance information on behalf of investors. Reported risks affect companies in all economic sectors and include damage to facilities, reduced product demand, lost productivity and necessitated write-offs, often with price tags reaching millions of dollars…

 

Filipino resilience to be showcased at Asia-Europe conference

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The resilience of Filipinos is set to be showcased to the world as delegates from Europe and Asia come to the Philippines and visit areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) for an international conference on disaster risk reduction and management. “We are the poster child of resiliency and we have been cited for our resilience and other international conferences have referred to the Philippines because of our determination to rise up again and again,” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Asec. Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson, chair of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila conference, said in a press conference Thursday…

 

My home is being swallowed by the sea. Will Australia do nothing?

'I am afraid that Tuvaluans will likely lose our lands to the sea in the future if nothing is done.' Funafuti, the main island of Tuvalu. Photograph:AP

‘I am afraid that Tuvaluans will likely lose our lands to the sea in the future if nothing is done.’ Funafuti, the main island of Tuvalu. Photograph:AP

Eu Jung Cahill Che, writing in the Japan Times in 2001, said that Tuvalu will be the first casualty of climate change. Over a decade later we are living on borrowed time and require urgent action for our survival. Tuvalu is a small island nation, with a population of around 11,000 people and landmass of 27 square kilometres. The highest point on the island is less than four meters above sea level. Tuvalu is without mountains and without rivers. Rainwater harvesting is our main source of water. Along with Kiribati and the Marshall Islands, we are the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Climate change, for Tuvaluans, is one of the greatest challenges of our time because will greatly disturb our normal way of life…

 

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