The Hope and Resilience of Animals, in Photos

Australian natural disasters minister David Littleproud: ‘I don’t know if climate change is manmade’

Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”.

Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to intensifying bushfires, he told Guardian Australia he was unsure about the causes of the climate crisis but wanted to give the country the tools to adapt. The remarks by the minister for water resources, drought, natural disaster and emergency management are likely to anger political opponents, including the Greens who have targeted Littleproud and fellow members of the National party for refusing to acknowledge a link between human-induced climate change and bushfires…


Resilient Building Efforts Prompt FEMA Strategy

s the nation sees an increase of natural disasters leaving the communities in their paths’ with billions-of-dollars’ worth of damage, several organizations are making an effort to reduce these costs through resilient building tactics.

Composed of federal, state, local, tribal and territorial public-sector representatives, the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) released this month a strategy for “advancing mitigation investment to reduce risks posed by natural hazards and increasing the nation’s resilience to natural hazards.”…


The Hope and Resilience of Animals, in Photos

“This woman has a small hobby farm up north of me with goats and sheep and a goose named Abby. Abby is no ordinary goose. Abby is hand-raised, lives in the house, and has a very special relationship with this woman. When I heard about Abby, I just had to meet her. I arrived with a copy of Mother Goose, and we proceeded to create a scene in which this woman read mother goose to her goose.

“I first saw Chloe as I was passing a beautiful rolling pasture on my drive home,” Debra Hodges remembers. “It was late afternoon. Her whiteness was shimmering against the dark green of the forest behind her as she grazed in a pasture green with the promise of warmer days ahead. I’d driven by that pasture for years and had never seen her. I knew I had to photograph her.”

After weeks of searching for the property owner and the lessee, Hodges finally got to meet Chloe–a senior horse in her 20s. Chloe had been with her family for eight years, and she had melanoma. “From a distance, she was perfection,” the artist says. “Up close she had a large mass growing at the edge of one of her eye sockets. And the base of her tail was deformed by a collection of lesions and growths that hadn’t yet interfered with her bodily functions but would before long.”

When working with Chloe, Hodges chose to photograph the side of her face without the melanoma. She’s worked with farmers and rescuers for years, and she’s heard her fair share of stories about abuse, neglect, and illness–but she’s more interested in moments that give her hope. “My goal has never been to photograph suffering,” she admits. “It has always been about capturing…


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