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The Most Unusual Natural Disasters

This is an exceptionally rare one, as only one sand geyser has ever been reported in human history. Thankfully, we have video of it to puzzle over and try to explain. In Saudi Arabia in 2007, observers witnessed a massive column of sand erupt from the ground to a height of over 25 feet. The geyser continued to spout sand for several minutes before subsiding…

 

Prepare for rising migration driven by climate change, governments told

Extreme events displaced 22 million people in 2013, led by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines - three times more than the number displaced by conflicts. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

Extreme events displaced 22 million people in 2013, led by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines – three times more than the number displaced by conflicts. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

Governments need to plan better for rising migration driven by climate change, experts said on Thursday, citing evidence that extreme weather and natural disasters force far more people from their homes than wars. Projections by leading climate scientists of rising sea levels, heatwaves, floods and droughts linked to global warming are likely to oblige millions of people to move out of harm’s way, with some never able to return…

 

Flood-Hit Malawi Should Brace for Economic Disaster, Experts Warn

Malawi floodEconomists have warned government against an impending financial crash as a result of the incessant floods which have significantly destroyed cash crops such as Tobacco and Tea in almost all the flood-hit districts across Malawi. Malawi’s economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and donor aid. More than one-third of the country’s monetary value (GDP) and 90% of export revenues is agrarian based…

 

Study looks at impact of losing animals in disasters

RESEARCHER and psychologist Shuron Billman is undertaking research through Charles Sturt University into the psychological impact caused by pet and livestock loss following the 2013 Wide Bay and Burnett floods. Ms Billman said very little attention has been given to the troubles that some people go through as a result of pet loss or death, including farmers. “Traditionally, farmers have been viewed as having a ‘business-like’ relationship with their animals due to their procurement and mass,” Ms Billman said…

 

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