Reading Around the Internet

This week’s DPP reading seemed mostly focused on storms and earthquakes:

Storms — So Many Storms!!!

Southwest England has been hit by flooding. Wind gusts in excess of 100 miles per hour hit the western coast this last week. That follows the wettest January since 1766. The Guardian has a very interesting animation of the series of storms that have hit the UK, Spain, France and Portugal.

In the meantime, the East Coast of the US has had an abundance of snow. Photos of Winter Storm Pax are sometimes beautiful, but often frightening, especially in areas where people are not used to a lot of snow, let alone the amounts that have been seen as far south as Atlanta, Georgia.

And of course, here in the middle of the US, we’ve had freezing temperatures for what seems like an eternity.

Earthquakes

Continuing my latest obsession, the National Geographic published a very informative article about a month ago. It provides an explanation of different kinds of earthquakes. I found it useful in understanding some of the recent research on earthquakes I wrote about last week.

A lot of readers already know that fracking and earthquakes have been linked in a lot of press. Emergency Management explored this issue in an article describing seismic activity in the middle of the country. They provide an interesting explanation of what happens during tracking that likely causes earthquakes.

Reading Around the Internet

SIU Campus Lake (Carbondale, IL)

There’s been a lot of writing about issues that interest us here at DPP. Here are a few I found most interesting:

Philippines

For the readers interested in disaster recovery in the Philippines, first an apology: I have yet to find someone who can blog for us. But I have kept an eye on the developments there. One of the most useful resources has been the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation.

The he UN has, recently, asked the international community to help with urgent needs that remain in the areaCoconut farmers and fishermen, in particular, are struggling to get back on their feet. CARE has been working to help families re-establish themselves.

In the meantime, The New York Times carried a story earlier this week about two families struggling to recover from the typhoon that is both touching and insightful.  

Cold, Snowy Winter Weather

It’s cold!  The photo that heads this post comes from my wintertime walks around the campus lake at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale…  We, like so many others, are experiencing a very cold, icy and snowy winter (unusual for us that it should last so long!). We’re not the only ones, though! The Climate Depot has a page containing a whole lot of information about the cold so many of us have been experiencing.

Gulf of Mexico/Hypoxia

The health of the Gulf of Mexico is in the news again, with a link to agricultural practices in the midwest. Americanwaterblog.com provides a summary of some recent research that some of our readers will find very interesting.

Here, by the way, is a link to the EPA’s page on hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Colorado Flood Recovery

Colorado recently received Transportation Department funding for flood recovery.

Gov. Hickenlooper has appointed a new recovery chief, Molly Urbina.

Boulder County residents have more assistance coming — be sure to check out the story with information here.

Flood Insurance Politics

Logan has been writing about flood insurance issues of late. In the meantime, the Washington Post reported late last week that the Senate had approved a delay in increased flood insurance premiums. We’ll be writing about this some more, but for now we’d simply like to note that the legislation has the unfortunate name, Grimm-Waters Act, and you can read some more about it here.

Supreme Court/EPA Greenhouse Cases

SCOTUSblog, a favorite of ours around here, is publishing a very interesting symposium on Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA. I summarized the case here.