Items tagged with natural disasters:
News & Updates:
In a discussion on the ensuing efforts to mitigate the effects of the recent major California Wildfires, Wharton Professor Howard Kunreuther insists on a focus on not only policy to address the issue, but also increasing community awareness and commitment to the necessary change.
Resilience. It’s the new buzzword going around the U.S. electricity sector, and it’s defined by an electrical grid’s ability to recover from major disturbances (read: cyberattacks and natural disasters). President Trump and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry have accordingly introduced plans to support struggling coal and nuclear plants because of their ability to store backup fuel on-site.
EPA halt transition to new Energy Star metrics due to concerns from landlords; Trump salvages a win for farmers as 15% ethanol gasoline is now to be available year round; Trump dissents despite unprecedented climate change predictions from UN; Small business optimism drops.
UN Climate Panel claims thats there is no evidence of economic change to support the decline of carbon emissionsPaper reports reveal that FEMA has spent billions on disaster relief services; UN Climate Panel publishes alarming report on the status of global climate change.
Co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Process Center, Howard Kunreuther’s research was cited in an article attempting to answer the question of whether or not increased news exposure to disaster will help people become more prepared for them. His work outlines the reasons why people neglect to prepare disaster.
National Earthquake Information Center
The mission of the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) is to determine rapidly the location and size of all destructive earthquakes worldwide - and to immediately disseminate this information to concerned national and international agencies, scientists, and the general public.
The NEIC compiles and maintains an extensive, global seismic database on earthquake parameters and their effects that serves as a solid foundation for basic and applied earth science research.
Quick link to Earthquake Data: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/