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Early-season hurricanes result in greater transmission of mosquito-borne infectious disease

Thu, 13/06/2019 - 18:37
The timing of a hurricane is one of the primary factors influencing its impact on the spread of mosquito-borne infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus, dengue, chikungunya and Zika, according to new research.

New approach optimizes use of future wave electricity generators during disaster

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 18:12
When hurricanes strike, electricity loss ranks as one of the top concerns. New work looks to develop a strategy for how floating devices that harness the energy of ocean waves might be able to provide this much needed aid. Researchers are studying a new approach to supplying electricity that potentially provides a way of optimizing recovery efforts and poses questions about how relief is currently conducted.

Evidence of multiple unmonitored coal ash spills found in N.C. lake

Mon, 03/06/2019 - 17:47
New evidence of unmonitored and unreported coal ash spills in a North Carolina lake highlights the risk of similar spills at coal ash storage sites nationwide.

Dead roots double shoreline loss in Gulf

Fri, 24/05/2019 - 18:02
A new study finds that the loss of marsh-edge salt grasses and mangroves due to disturbances such as heavy oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill doubles the rate of shoreline erosion in hard-hit marshes.

Preparing low-income communities for hurricanes begins with outreach

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 16:57
Governments seeking to help their most vulnerable residents prepare for hurricanes and other disasters should create community-based information campaigns ahead of time, according to a study of economically disadvantaged New Jerseyans in the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

As climate changes, small increases in rainfall may cause widespread road outages

Wed, 08/05/2019 - 14:37
As more rain falls on a warming planet, a new computer model shows that it may not take a downpour to cause widespread disruption of road networks. The model combined data on road networks with the hills and valleys of topography to reveal 'tipping points' at which even small localized increases in rain cause widespread road outages.

Psychologists release results of survey of 'Maria generation' kids

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 15:57
Psychologists have just published one of the largest post-disaster screening projects in U.S. history. The report measured the magnitude of Hurricane Maria's impact on the mental health of children in Puerto Rico.

Wristband samplers show similar chemical exposure across three continents

Mon, 22/04/2019 - 18:15
Researchers have deployed chemicals to individuals on three continents, they found that no two wristbands had identical chemical detections. But the same 14 chemicals were detected in more than 50 percent of the wristbands returned from the United States, Africa and South America.

Climate change to blame for Hurricane Maria's extreme rainfall

Tue, 16/04/2019 - 18:21
Hurricane Maria dropped more rain on Puerto Rico than any storm to hit the island since 1956, a feat due mostly to the effects of human-caused climate warming, new research finds.

Hurricane Harvey provides lessons learned for flood resiliency plans

Wed, 10/04/2019 - 14:59
Scientists used satellite data to map the Houston-Galveston area impacted by Hurricane Harvey to understand why the flooding was so severe and widespread.