The Next Global Disaster Is on Its Way, and We Aren’t Ready

Forecasters predict active Hurricane season on the Atlantic Coast

Forecasters are predicting another above-average Atlantic Hurricane season this year. Emergency management coordinators want you to start preparing now.

For Norfolk resident Michael Scott, the waterways in Hampton Roads bring animals and people together.

“Them two ducks right there come over to the front of my apartment just about every single morning and every single night,” said Scott.

Scott has lived in the Ghent area and near the Hauge for more than years, and he has experienced multiple natural disasters in his community….

The Next Global Disaster Is on Its Way, and We Aren’t Ready

The Covid-19 pandemic is not over, but it is already clear that Lord Rees, Britain’s astronomer royal, has won his 2017 bet with the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker that “bioterror or bioerror will lead to one million casualties in a single event within a six-month period starting no later than Dec. 31, 2020.”

“We tend to draw a distinction between natural and man-made disasters. But a pandemic is made up of a new pathogen and the social networks that it attacks.”

Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Last year, according to Johns Hopkins University, the SARS-CoV-2 virus claimed the lives of 1.8 million people. The global death toll could exceed 5 million by Aug. 1 — or 9 million, if one accepts the drastic new upward revision by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. It could have been worse, of course. In  March 2020, some epidemiologists argued that, without drastic social distancing and economic lockdowns, the ultimate death toll could be between 30 and 40 million. Yet the cost of such nonpharmaceutical interventions has been enormous — for the U.S. alone, an estimated 90% of GDP…

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