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Children wade through flood waters in northern India in July 2013. (Caisii Mao/NurPhoto/Corbis

Children wade through flood waters in northern India in July 2013. (Caisii Mao/NurPhoto/Corbis

Tips for keeping your pets safe when natural disasters happen

The patient care team at ACCES (A BluePearl Veterinary Partners) specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Seattle and Renton is encouraging pet parents to include their pets when making family disaster plans. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring America’s PrepareAthon! on Sept. 30, as part of the federal government’s National Preparedness Month. The event is meant to motivate individuals, organizations and communities to prepare in advance for natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires and winter storms. “Disasters can happen with little notice and be devastating. But being prepared can save your life or that of your family members — including your pets, ” said Amanda McNabb, emergency clinician with ACCES in Seattle, Washington, and a member of the WSDA Reserve Veterinary Corps. “That’s why we strongly recommend pets be included in your disaster preparedness plan.”..

 

Which of 2013’s Many Natural Disasters Can We Blame on Climate Change?

In the normal course of the world, seasonal shifts in weather can cause crops to fail, water to rise and roads to ice over. But on top of that naturally chaotic system, anthropogenic climate change is creating hazardous conditions that pose similar—sometimes heightened—dangers. It’s tricky to know, though, which events fall into which category—was that storm just an unusually bad one or the sign of things to come? The relatively new scientific field of “extreme event attribution” seeks to separate routine (if unfortunate) weather from weather that can be chalked up to climate change…

 

Report: Boulder County residents still recovering from recession, natural disasters

Almost 13 percent of Boulder County’s children are living in poverty, as are almost 7 percent of children in Broomfield and about 17 percent statewide, according to an annual report on “The State of Working Colorado” released Monday by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. The report also found that, unlike other measures of economic health, poverty rates have been slower to respond to the state’s economic recovery…

 

DNA signature found in ice storm babies – Prenatal maternal stress exposure to natural disasters predicts epigenetic profile of offspring

MONTREAL, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds. Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University have detected a distinctive ‘signature’ in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the massive Quebec ice storm. Five months after the event, researchers recruited women who had been pregnant during the disaster and assessed their degrees of hardship and distress in a study called Project Ice Storm. Thirteen years later, the researchers found that DNA within the T cells – a type of immune system cell – of 36 children showed distinctive patterns in DNA methylation…

 

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