Tagged with Disaster

Response of Induced Seismicity to Injection Rate Reduction: Models of Delay, Decay, Quiescence, Recovery, and Oklahoma

Water Resources Research (Jan. 4, 2019; https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR023587) / by David Dempsey and Jeremy Riffault https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018WR023587 When injection‐induced seismicity poses a risk to communities, it is common to reduce the injection rate or halt operations. This applies both to individual wells and well clusters, such as those within the Area of Interest for Triggered Seismicity in … Continue reading

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

U.S. Global Change Research Program https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/ [AP via Weather.com] …Quietly released the day after Thanksgiving, the National Climate Assessment directly cited global warming as a reason why natural disasters are worsening in the United States. It says warming-charged extremes “have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration.” The report notes the last … Continue reading

Hi Quake or the Human-Induced Earthquake Database

Univ. of Western Ontario http://inducedearthquakes.org/ [Phys.org] A new database  showcasing hundreds of examples of human-triggered earthquakes should shake up policy-makers, regulators and industry executives looking to mitigate these unacceptable hazards caused by our own actions, according to a Western Earth Sciences professor. “Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey are now raising the possibility many of the … Continue reading

A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship

re:focus partners / by Shalini Vajjhala and James Rhodes http://brook.gs/2xl2mmy [Brookings Institution] So how can governments at all levels take a different approach to managing natural disasters? In a new report, A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship, my co-author James Rhodes and I highlight how Resilience Bonds can help local, state, and federal government agencies and international development banks … Continue reading

Two Congressional Budget Office Papers on Hurricane Damage

Congressional Budget Office Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget How much will hurricane damage increase in coming years because of climate change and coastal development? This report examines the implications for the federal budget and three approaches for decreasing the pressure for federal spending. CBO’s Approach to … Continue reading

Coal Dust from Shipping Threatens Great Barrier Reef: Australian Study

Simulated Coal Spill Causes Mortality and Growth Inhibition in Tropical Marine Organisms Scientific American (2016, Article number: 25894; doi:10.1038/srep25894) / by Kathryn L. E. Berry, et al. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25894 [Science Daily]  Australian researchers have raised fresh concerns that a major shipping disaster could harm the Great Barrier Reef, with new research revealing coal dust in seawater … Continue reading

2016 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2016)

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Norwegian Refugee Council http://www.internal-displacement.org/globalreport2016/ [Voice of America] …More than 19 million people were uprooted by natural disasters in 113 countries, mostly in India, China and Nepal [in 2015]. Extreme weather such as storms and floods were the main culprits. In Nepal alone, 2.6 people were uprooted by earthquakes in April … Continue reading