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There’s Very Little That’s “Natural” About Climate-Induced Disasters

There’s Very Little That’s “Natural” About Climate-Induced Disasters

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Jonathan Alcorn / Reuters A weather vane on a ranch during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, on Dec. 5, 2017.

Traditionally, we’ve labelled events over which we have no influence or control “acts of God” or “natural disasters.” But what’s “natural” about climate-induced disasters today?

Scientists call the interval since the Industrial Revolution the “Anthropocene,” a period when our species has become the major factor altering the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet on a geological scale. Empowered by fossil fuel–driven technologies, a rapidly growing human population and an insatiable demand for constant growth in consumption and the global economy, our species is responsible for the calamitous consequences…

 

Natural disasters among Facebook’s most discussed topics of 2017.

Facebook may be social media, but in 2017, the network was also a place for support. On Tuesday, December 5, Facebook released its annual year in review report where human rights, tragedies, and natural disasters were among the most popular topics on the social network over the last year. Unlike previous years that generated a top 10 list of topics, Facebook divided the 2017 report into three categories for posts, Crisis Response, and events.

The moments over the last year that generated the most Facebook discussion was topped off by International Women’s Day. For Facebook users, this day generated the most discussion in 2017.

Human rights were also the biggest Facebook Event in 2017 with the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. The event brought more than 50,000 people together on January 21, according to Facebook.

While human rights take two of the nine top post types of the year, the topic isn’t unique to Facebook. On Wednesday, December 6, Time Magazine named “The Silence Breakers” using #metoo to speak out against…

 

9 ways to handle a natural disaster during the holidays

You’re building sandcastles on the beach and a tsunami hits. You’re hiking in Indonesia and a volcano erupts. These are just some of the scenarios that can take place when a natural disaster strikes…

 

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