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Tami Normile and Richard Brooks attempt to remove some of the 5 feet of snow from a rooftop on Nov. 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. Image: John Normile

Tami Normile and Richard Brooks attempt to remove some of the 5 feet of snow from a rooftop on Nov. 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.
Image: John Normile

Buildings collapse under heavy snow, as Buffalo braces for more

Heavy snow continued to batter Buffalo and the surrounding areas Thursday, as residents hunkered down for more brutal weather. Lake-effect snow left South Buffalo and towns on the Lake Erie shoreline under up to 5 feet of snow on Wednesday, and is set to deliver a second punch Thursday. Expected to last overnight, the storm could bring an additional 2 feet in some places. The death toll from the storm also climbed to 10…

 

Could this cat litter tray predict an EARTHQUAKE?

cat litterHow do you keep track of your cat’s health and well-being even when not at home? This £65 ($100) smart cat scale claims to be the answer, providing alerts on what your pet has been up to and monitoring their health, weight and waste. And the device will also be used to see if it’s true that cats can detect oncoming earthquakes…

 

Half of Americans Think Climate Change Is a Sign of the Apocalypse

Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snowzilla, just snow. Superstorm Sandy, receding shorelines, and more. Hurricanes Isaac, Ivan, and Irene, with cousins Rammasun, Bopha, and Haiyan. The parade of geological changes and extreme weather events around the world since 2011 has been stunning. Perhaps that’s part of why, as the Public Religion Research Institute reported on Friday, “The number of Americans who believe that natural disasters are evidence of the apocalypse has increased somewhat over the past couple years.” As of 2014, it’s estimated that nearly half of Americans—49 percent—say natural disasters are a sign of “the end times,” as described in the Bible. That’s up from an estimated 44 percent in 2011…

 

Snow, resilience and creativity….

snowman

 

The Rockefeller Foundation hosts Resilience Summit to help eligible jurisdictions prepare for $1billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

The Rockefeller Foundation is hosting the “National Disaster Resilience Competition Summit” on November 18th in Washington, DC to help eligible jurisdictions prepare for the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). As part of the Foundation’s global effort to help communities everywhere build resilience to chronic shocks and acute stresses, so that they are prepared for whatever comes their way, the National Disaster Resilience Competition Summit represents a unique opportunity for senior representative from each of the 67 eligible jurisdictions to engage with cabinet-level officials and leading experts in resilience to shape their NDRC strategy and projects, and inform their overall resilience planning efforts…

 

New disaster-relief truck design unveiled

truckIn order to help provide more relief services to places ravaged by natural disasters and even refugee camps, a new company named Terranova GTS, LLC, is working with Navistar and fire equipment provider W.S. Darley & Co. to craft a new kind of truck – one that not only can provide firefighting and mobile medical services but clean water as well…

 

 

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