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John M. Barry

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Is New Orleans Safe? BP and the 5th Anniversary of Katrina

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 1:19 AM

The BP oil spill has one silver lining: It brought attention to the national importance of the Gulf of Mexico, and it will provide some resources to fix its problems. But the issue goes beyond the spill. The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina reminds us of an even more basic...

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The Pandemic Next Time

(13) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 11:01 AM

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It is the nature of the influenza virus to cause pandemics. There have been at least 11 in the last 300 years, and there will certainly be another one, and one after that, and another after that. And it is impossible to predict whether a...

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