Daily Archives: June 12, 2013

NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency

http://www.nyc.gov/html/sirr/html/report/report.shtml

Read the Report

On June 11, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced “A Stronger, More Resilient New York”, a comprehensive plan that contains actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.Due to the size of this report, several options are available for those who wish to print the report, including both single pages and two-page spreads. Single pages print best on Letter-sized paper, while two-page spreads print best on Ledger-sized paper.

You can read the entire report by clicking one of the links below (in PDF):

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Big Storm Threat Brewing From Iowa to East Coast


AssociatedPress

Published on Jun 12, 2013

An unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds Wednesday could affect more than one in five Americans as it rolls from Iowa to Maryland. AP’s Seth Borenstein shows the path of the storm and who is at risk. (June 12)

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

ALERT! FUKUSHIMA RADIATION IN USA FOOD ~ ALARMING LEVELS!!


AlternativeNews4U

Published on Jun 12, 2013

ALERT! FUKUSHIMA RADIATION IN USA FOOD ~ ALARMING LEVELS!!

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Russian Flood Barrier Is a Model for New York City: Scientific American

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=russian-flood-barrier

The 24-kilometer wall has already saved Saint Petersburg from a fierce winter storm

By Mark Fischetti
Russian-Flood

Flood barrier and highway in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Image: Courtesy of Halcrow

Ever since Hurricane Sandy’s 3.3-meter sea surge drowned parts of New York City on October 29, 2012, scientists and engineers have been scrambling to devise a plan to protect the city against future storms. Two reports are due within a week, as the 2013 hurricane season gets rolling. One report, to be released this week, is from the New York City Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, created by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to figure out how the city should bolster itself against climate change. The other study, expected this month, is from the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), led by university researchers who in 2009 had published a long list of recommendations that would primarily fend off sea level rise, but not storm surges.

…(read more).

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Saudi Silence on Deadly MERS Virus Outbreak Frustrates World Health Experts: Scientific American

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=saudi-silence-on-deadly-mers-virus-outbreak-frustrates-world-health-experts

Middle East respiratory syndrome, a cousin of SARS, has sparked global concern for its pandemic potential, but Saudi Arabia has yet to release information that could help protect the rest of the world

By Helen Branswell

MERS virus Image: Flickr/NIAID_Flickr

Over the next few weeks officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) face a tough and politically charged call. The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, begins July 9 and could draw as many as two million people from around the globe to the holy sites of Saudi Arabia in a pilgrimage called umrah. But a new disease, called Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, or MERS, could threaten them.

Infectious disease control at mass gatherings is always a challenge, but this year even more so. Saudi Arabia is currently waging battle with MERS, yet it has released only the barest of details that scientists or public health officials could use to try to prevent its spread within Saudi Arabia or around the globe. In early May Saudi officials startled the world by announcing 13 new cases over the course of a few days. Since the start of May there have been 38 new cases worldwide—31 of them in Saudi Arabia—and 20 of the victims have died. With virtually no clues to draw on about where the virus lives in nature and how people contract it, WHO is trying to figure out what guidance to give those pilgrims, and the countries they will return to, about how to avoid infection and the international dissemination of a devastating new illness. (read more)

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Cyprus International Institute (CII) (Harvard School of Public Health) http://Cyprus-Institute.us

4MIN News June 12, 2013: MAJOR WEATHER WARNING, Solar Magnetics

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Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks: a whistleblower’s view

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Is Edward Snowden a Hero? A Debate With Journalist Chris Hedges & Law Scholar Geoffrey Stone

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More Intrusive Than Eavesdropping? NSA Collection of Metadata Hands Gov’t Sweeping Personal Info

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Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program

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