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Centuries of Earthquakes in Haiti

HughAfter independence in 1791, Haiti experienced a series of social quakes throughout the 20th century as political, social, economic and environmental factors shook many farmers from the land. Large, landless populations congregated in cities, straining the infrastructure. Much of the land and power in Haiti fell into the hands of a few. The decline of the rural economy undermined Haiti’s capacity to feed itself. The nation found itself struggling and vulnerable…


Maine Voices: We must take steps to make region more resilient to weather disasters

Floods, hurricanes, drought, rising oceans, record heat – signs of the apocalypse? Or are they the new normal for the 21st century? The statistics show that weird weather is no longer so weird. Combine this with our modern living trends of dependence on the electrical grid, municipal water, sewage disposal, Internet, automobile transportation and Americans’ migration to the coastline. The mix makes for a very vulnerable society…


Fighting depression among farmers

BROKEN MAN: "The job I loved doing the most had turned into my biggest enemy," says Doug Avery.

BROKEN MAN: “The job I loved doing the most had turned into my biggest enemy,” says Doug Avery.

Doug Avery remembers all too well what it felt like to be a broken man. “I went through hell. I hated every day for four years. I wanted to run. The job I loved doing the most had turned into my biggest enemy.” The job was farming, the time 16 years ago and the place, Bonavaree – Avery’s “destroyed” beef and sheep farm at Grassmere, South Marlborough. Drought and the wrong tools for the job had destroyed the land, destroyed the bank account and destroyed the hopes of Avery and his wife Wendy…


Australian money pre-positioned to help with Fiji disasters

Money from the Australian government is being pre-positioned in Fiji to be used in the event of natural disasters. Fifty thousand Australian dollars has been handed over to the Fiji Red Cross, so it can be used straight away when a disaster strikes. Filipe Nainoca, Director General of the Fiji Red Cross, tells Bruce Hill it’s a concept that will speed up the process of getting help from overseas countries…


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