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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.

Continued PTSD in women exposed to deepwater horizon oil spill

Mon, 25/03/2019 - 16:22
A study reports that women exposed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill continue to experience symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Less than half reported receiving past-year mental health treatment despite the high levels of PTSD symptoms, which suggests that many affected women may not be receiving needed mental health care.

Hurricane Maria study warns: Future climate-driven storms may raze many tropical forests

Mon, 25/03/2019 - 13:04
A new study shows that damage inflicted on trees in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria was unprecedented in modern times, and suggests that more frequent big storms whipped up by warming climate could permanently alter forests not only here, but across much of the Atlantic tropics.

Hurricane Maria had a significant impact on HIV care outcomes

Thu, 07/03/2019 - 16:31
Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico had a significant impact on HIV outcomes among people living with HIV and a history of substance use, particularly increased viral load and decreased CD4 counts. The average viral load following the Hurricane was significantly (11 percent) higher compared to the pre-Hurricane Maria viral load assessment.

How bacteria can help prevent coal ash spills

Mon, 04/03/2019 - 18:15
Researchers have developed a technique that uses bacteria to produce 'biocement' in coal ash ponds, making the coal ash easier to store and limiting the risk of coal ash spills into surface waters.

In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 20:26
A first-of-its-kind study on Twitter use during 5 of the costliest US natural disasters offers potentially life-saving insights. The research finds that Twitter users with small networks (100-200 followers) increase activity more than those with larger networks in these situations. It also finds that each disaster type (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) has a unique pattern of social media use. The results have important implications for government and organizations responsible for emergency preparations.

Landslides triggered by Hurricane Maria

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 16:26
Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico on 20 September 2017 and triggered more than 40,000 landslides in at least three-fourths of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities. Researchers write that 'the number of landslides that occurred during this event was two orders of magnitude greater than those reported from previous hurricanes.'

Hurricane Katrina's aftermath included spike in heart disease hospitalizations

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 16:49
Hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease rose precipitously in Orleans and Jefferson parishes after Hurricane Katrina. The increase in rates lasted for more than one month after landfall and rates were higher among the older black population, compared to the older white population.