On our last week we drove past the sea. There were currents and waves and people standing on the edge, waist deep in water. Then I found out that I had been that way before, but hadn't recognized it because it wasn't actually the sea. It was fields and land and this was a flood.
September is National Preparedness Month, and now is the time to refresh your family's existing emergency plan or map one out for the first time. Waiting to act until the emergency event is occurring is really too late.
Remarkably, climate change and the movement toward an international agreement to combat it did not make the list. Assuming the agreement is achieved and short of nuclear war, it is hard to imagine a more consequential development.
Robin Murphy is the master of disaster robots. After 9/11, she deployed small mobile robots to investigate the rubble. In the wake of Katrina, she sent small, unmanned aerial vehicles to explore buildings on the Gulf Coast - the first time UAVs had been used for emergency structural inspections.
"We have a long way to go," Lassiter says. "But we can make substantial changes. We can even persuade home owners to give up their lawns, which are English imports and not really appropriate to a semi-arid climate like California."
Proximity to the sea and sea views have been advantages for trade, art and culture since the beginning of human settlements. But via climate change, we are nastily converting free pleasures into pending threats.
We need to recognize that it's already too late to stop all of the impacts of hotter temperatures. Even if the world discovered a cheap, clean energy source next week, it would take time to kick our fossil fuel-powered habits and shift to a carbon-free future. That's why it's critical for the world to invest in efforts to help the poorest adapt.
What if the water from Texas and other water-laden states could be transported to California and other drought states? Right now the flood-waters are not put to good use.
It's been 10 years since my mother lost the only house she's ever owned. A factory worker in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the poorest American cities, my mother lost her house to the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina that uprooted families, killed thousands and laid waste to entire neighborhoods throughout the Gulf States.
What you probably won't hear about very much in the coverage looking back at Katrina is the enormous impact this disaster had on people with disabilities. They, too, were disproportionately affected, but just not because of Mother Nature.
Since when does any human need 58 glass vases? Why did I find myself keeping that number of vases anyway? The answer to the second question is in the ridiculous amount of cabinet, storage and closet space I had in my home.
In the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Rev. Charles Duplessis of Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church says an estimate that less than half of that area's pre-Katrina population has returned looks accurate.
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It takes some distance, time, and a healthy dose of objectivity to maintain a 20/20 vision, even when we would rather turn a blind eye and a deaf ear.
After the Houston floods, I lost my home. No matter how positive you expect me to be about this, give me and others who are in the same boat time to grieve our lost lives without telling us it is a whole 'new adventure.' I would not wish this 'adventure' on my worst enemy.
The recent flood in my hometown Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, has drawn international attention and thousands of volunteers from across the country.