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Article ID: 573600

Frequent, Severe Fires Turn Alaskan Forests into a Carbon Production Line

Michigan Technological University

Alaskan forests used to be key players in Mother Nature’s game plan for regulating carbon dioxide levels in the air. But now, American and Canadian researchers report that climate change is causing wildfires to burn more widely and severely, turning Alaska's black spruce forests from carbon repositories to generators of it.

Released:
18-Feb-2011 1:00 PM EST

Article ID: 573323

Spring Flooding Could Swell North Dakota Lake by 50 Square Miles

University of North Dakota

Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota has risen more than 29 feet since 1993, cost more than $1billion, and inundated towns, farms, and homes. Runoff from heavy snow could swell the glacial lake, which covers 252 sq. miles, by more than 50 sq. miles this spring.

Released:
10-Feb-2011 12:20 PM EST

Article ID: 573258

Photos for the Gulf: Book Brings Together Words, Images to Benefit Gulf Coast

Rowan University

Proceeds from Photos for the Gulf, a collection of 22 images and reflections that depict life on the Gulf Coast, will go to recovery efforts.

Released:
9-Feb-2011 9:00 AM EST

Arts and Humanities

Article ID: 572823

Team Designs Optimal Supply Chains for Disaster Relief

University of Massachusetts Amherst

A major new study on the most efficient design of supply chains for products needed in disasters, major emergencies and pending epidemics has been published by researchers at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Anna Nagurney leads the team.

Released:
26-Jan-2011 3:00 PM EST

Article ID: 572725

Rogue Storm System Caused Pakistan Floods That Left Millions Homeless

University of Washington

Last summer’s disastrous and deadly Pakistan floods were caused by a rogue weather system that wandered hundreds of miles farther west than is normal for such systems, new research shows.

Released:
25-Jan-2011 6:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 572694

Body Count

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

A new disaster preparedness tool from Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate calculates casualty estimates.

Released:
24-Jan-2011 1:35 PM EST
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    11-Jan-2011 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 572288

Are You Medically Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

Health Behavior News Service

How well are Americans with medical disabilities or chronic illness prepared for natural disasters like hurricanes or tropical storms?

Released:
10-Jan-2011 10:50 AM EST

Article ID: 572310

One Year After Haiti Earthquake, Brown School Public Health Expert Iannotti Continues Work on the Ground

Washington University in St. Louis

On Jan. 12, 2010, Lora Iannotti, PhD, nutrition and public health expert at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, was in Leogane, a seaside town 18 miles west of Port au Prince, Haiti, working with local officials on improving the health of Haitian children. That’s when a catastrophic earthquake struck the poverty-stricken country.

Released:
10-Jan-2011 2:20 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 572275

Mapping the Monster: Saving a Town from Disaster

University of North Dakota

A graduate student has used FEMA software in a new way to predict the effects of rising lake levels on Minnewaukan, N.D. Devils Lake has risen nearly 29 feet since 1993, and is in danger of overtaking the town, which was once eight miles from the lake. The maps will help officials and citizens make decisions about whether to relocate all or parts of the town.

Released:
10-Jan-2011 7:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 571678

A New Blast Resistant Glass - Tougher and Thinner

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Engineers are working to develop a blast-resistant glass that is lighter, thinner, and colorless, yet tough enough to withstand the force of an explosion, earthquake, or hurricane winds . Today's blast-resistant windows are made of pure polymer layers, but this is a plastic composite with an interlayer of polymer reinforced with glass fibers.

Released:
10-Dec-2010 9:00 AM EST

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