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.

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig…

I arrived in Carbondale safe and sound around 10:00 last night. It’s amazing how long travel to and from our little college town in southern Illinois takes! While I’m not ready yet with the last of the Colorado stories, I did want to say thank you (once again) to the Coloradans who helped make the trip work, including and especially Celeste Montoya and her family; the students at CU-Boulder that I met with on Tuesday who pointed me in the direction of researching renters’ rights (that post is well on its way, and should be up in a few days); as well as various colleagues in Women and Gender Studies at CU-Boulder who let me hang out in their library, popped by with warm greetings, and made me feel comfortable while visiting. Thanks to all of you.

This was a big week for DPP because, while I knew I wanted to do “field blogging” when we launched in September, I was nervous about it and not sure how it would work. However, clearly this is something we’ll do some more because not only did I learn a lot, our readership and followers increased. Thanks to all the new readers for stopping in, and welcome to the new followers of the blog! I hope you stay with us as I and my two colleagues (Randy Burnside and Logan Strother) write about disasters, property and politics. Recovery is hard, not least of all because it takes so long — maybe we can help by providing some stories about the recovery efforts of others that will inspire and keep everyone going. We will also continue to update readers on legal and policy changes.

Yesterday before I headed out to Denver International Airport, Celeste and I were able to do a quick tour of Firestone, Plattesville and Johnstown. We took almost 200 photos. We did the same thing we’d done in the Estes-Lyons trip — Celeste drove, and I clicked away. We were able to stop some, but there were places where stopping wasn’t an option, so Celeste managed traffic while I stuck my camera out the  window. I think I should, therefore, thank the truck drivers in the rural areas who did not honk at us and the other motorists who managed to be a little patient, too.  (Ahem.) I need to go through the photos more carefully and see if I can edit out some of the blurring (“drive by photography”, as I’m calling it, does require a little extra editing), but I was able to do an initial run through on the way home last night. I’ll post these soon along with a better description of the route of our tour. In the meantime, here’s a shot of the mountains as they are seen from the plains. For the folks who have not been to this part of Colorado, I hope it gives you a sense of how wide open parts of the state are as well as how beautiful the entire area is. And, see the snow? To quote a favorite novel, “Winter is coming.”

Shot of the Mountains from the Plains