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April Natural Disasters Hit Global Economy Hard

Martell: ‘Fire is a natural part of forest ecosystems in Canada’

The fires around the city of Fort McMurray in Alberta are still not under control

The fires around the city of Fort McMurray in Alberta are still not under control

Flames are still ravaging Alberta’s forests. Wildfire expert David Martell explains why small fires are sometimes set intentionally to prevent bigger ones – and why that wasn’t done in Alberta. David Martell: I help forest fire managers with their decision making and planning. I develop computer models they can use to help them evaluate their strategies: for example, how many aircraft they need for fighting fires in their area. Managing that is not unlike an emergency medical system. You have to predict when and where medical emergencies might occur and where you should pre-position your ambulances to minimize the response time…

 

April Natural Disasters Hit Global Economy Hard

The global economy took some hard hits from natural disasters last month in what was one of the worst months of April in recent history, Impact Forecasting said in a recent report. Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, reported costs well into the billions from natural disasters in the U.S., Ecuador, Japan, Uruguay, China, Myanmar, and other locations. Earthquakes, severe storms, agricultural losses, flooding and other natural disasters combined to make it the most costly April in five years…

 

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