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A More Resilient Future: FEMA’s Public Assistance Deductible
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a novel proposal to reduce the nation’s vulnerability to future natural disasters, like coastal storms, floods, and wildfires.
The proposal, known as the ‘Public Assistance deductible,’ would encourage States to enact measures that would help build resilience and lower the costs of future disasters, such as increasing funding of emergency management programs or requiring homes to be built safer in flood zones. The deductible works just like your automobile insurance deductibles. Before your insurance company picks up the bill, you are personally responsible…
This Small Lake in Africa Once Killed 1,700 People Overnight, and We Still Don’t Know Why
On 21 August 1986, one of the strangest and most mysterious natural disasters in history took place at Lake Nyos – a lake formed atop a volcanic crater in northwest Cameroon.
Without warning, the lake released hundreds of thousands of tonnes of toxic carbon dioxide – estimates range from 300,000 to up to 1.6 million – and this silent death cloud spread out over the countryside at nearly 100 km/h (62 mph), suffocating an estimated 1,746 people and more than 3,500 livestock within minutes…
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