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Japan faces ‘frequent’ disasters as flood toll reaches 200
Japan risks more severe weather and must find ways to alleviate disasters, a government spokesman said on Thursday, as intense heat and water shortages raised fear of disease among survivors of last week’s floods and landslides.
Torrential rain in western Japan caused the country’s worst weather disaster in 36 years, killing 200 people, many in communities that have existed for decades on mountain slopes and flood plains largely untroubled by storms.
But severe weather has been battering the country more regularly in recent years, raising questions about the impact of global warming. Dozens of people were killed in a similar disaster last year…
Heat Wave Study Shows How Extra-Hot Summers Can Make People Dumber
Over 200 years ago, colonial Bostonians were concerned about freezing to death on a foreign continent when they built some of the city’s famous brick buildings. But now, those thick colonial walls aren’t just making modern life too sweaty but actually making 21st-century college students dumber, suggests research published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine. The implications of this, lead researcher Jose Guillermo Cedeño-Laurent, Ph.D. tells Inverse, have wide-reaching implications for how our buildings and bodies adapt to an ever-warming world…
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