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News and Opinion

Coverage of natural disasters since November 23, 2021.

EDITORIAL: Preparing for disaster

"...Forest management, fire controls, flood prevention and other initiatives are essential. The cost and resources to create greater resiliency to wild weather events is monumental..."

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‘My life's work': Farmers detail loss of beloved land, crops in Sumas Prairie, B.C. Globalnews.ca

"...Avtar Sandhu's father brought the property in 1974 and since then, Sandhu, his sons and nephews have tended the fertile land in British Columbia's Fraser Valley with care. When it was drowned by seven or more feet of water on Nov. 14, they were heartbroken..."

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Focus BC: Transportation Minister won’t put price tag on massive flood rebuild, warning of weekend weather

"...B. C. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming tells Focus Bc host Richard Zussman the province will need federal help to rebuild after what is expected to be the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history..."

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Revelstoke farmers respond to empty store shelves

"...Eating locally grown produce impacts carbon footprint but also food sustainability Josh PierceyNov. 25, 2021 3:52 p. m..."

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Damage from B.C., Atlantic storms no easy fix, must be done quickly: experts Globalnews.ca

"...Unprecedented rainfall from atmospheric rivers in B. C. and the Maritimes has dropped hundreds of millimetres worth of rain — surpassing in days the totals some regions see in a whole month..."

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MP Brad Vis pushes for federal support for Lytton and disaster management in B.C.

"...“For the majority of my tenure as a Member of Parliament, my staff and I have been tackling and managing crisis after crisis,” he said. “From a record summer of wildfires leading to the near destruction of Lytton to the current flood recovery efforts, there is a significant amount of work to be done. ”..."

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MPs to hold emergency debate Wednesday on B.C. floods, climate change

"...The atmospheric river, which dropped 300 mm of rain on parts of southern B. C. in mid-November, led to deadly mudslides and washed out highways that killed four people and temporarily cut off all land links to the Vancouver area from the rest of Canada..."

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MPs to hold emergency debate on B.C. flooding, extreme weather Globalnews.ca

"...However, there are disagreements over what the debate should focus on. Vancouver Island Green MP Elizabeth May said the focus should be on the overall climate emergency, with attention paid to the environmental disasters B. C..."

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DriveBC website too complicated? There's a 'streamlined' version for flood impacts

"...It's not an impossible task by any means, and the list can be filtered by area, route and other factors, but for a stressed out driver, it may be frustrating or hard to read. And in the event of a major natural disaster, such as the province is currently dealing with, the information could be presented in a simpler way..."

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B.C. flood evacuees to get additional financial support Globalnews.ca

"...The B. C. government is working with the Canadian Red Cross to provide additional financial assistance for people affected by the recent flooding and landslides..."

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B.C. floods expose hollow ‘emergency’ declarations : op-ed

"...The City of Calgary recently joined the list of cities to declare a climate emergency. Although it’s a bit late; the other cities issued their declarations in the summer of 2019. It’s hard to attach the word “emergency” to an advocacy campaign that stays around for years..."

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B.C. floods pile pressure on retailers ahead of holidays:

"...Still, Christmas won't be totally ruined. “People will be able to get gifts for holiday season,” said Greg Wilson, director of B. C..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention natural disasters.

What A Past Japanese Earthquake Could Mean For B.C.'s Tsunami Risk

Duration: 20:37

"...New research led by Jessica Pilarczyk, an earth scientist at Simon Fraser University, has uncovered evidence of a major earthquake near Japan's Boso Peninsula that took place about 1000 years ago..."

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News Roundup November 2020

Duration: 29:17

"...On this month's news roundup, we're covering some of this year's most notable natural disasters. ..."

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Navigating COVID-19 #3: Applying FEMA’s Individual Assistance program

Duration: 33:41

"...Most people understand Individual Assistance as the FEMA program that individuals turn to after a natural disaster to receive temporary housing repair money, low interest loans from the SBA, and other benefits. COVID-19 is a different kind of disaster..."

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Navigating COVID-19: Applying FEMA’s Individual Assistance program

Duration: 33:00

"...Most people understand Individual Assistance as the FEMA program that individuals turn to after a natural disaster to receive temporary housing repair money, low interest loans from the SBA, and other benefits. COVID-19 is a different kind of disaster..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about natural disasters.

CSR Receives Grant from V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation for Ecological Security

"...CSR’s landmark report, “The Security Threat that Binds Us,” identifies multiple pathways through which ecological disruption can introduce and/or exacerbate internal and geopolitical conflict, instability, food and water stress, natural disasters, infectious disease risks, and other security threats..."

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Scientists Can Now Prove That Climate Change Is Causing Natural Disasters

"..."Just as medical researchers can study how smoking cigarettes changes people?s risk of lung cancer by comparing data from smokers and nonsmokers, attribution scientists compare events on our planet with those on a hypothetical ?Planet B,? one that is untouched by greenhouse gas emissions. " ..."

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GREENLAND TSUNAMI: Teenager Films While Getting Flushed Away #shorts

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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GREENLAND TSUNAMI Hits Village Caught On Camera - Camera 2 (Multiple Clips) | Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about natural disasters relevant to the latest news.

Global warming problem faced by the international community: international legal aspect

"...jeopardize life activity, increase the likelihood of natural disasters, and are the consequences of climate change, global in nature, and often of unprecedented scale..."

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Assessing the real costs of natural hazard-induced disasters: A case study from Australia?s Northern Territory

"...Non-monetary losses were accounted for by the loss of ecosystem services from natural systems caused by cyclones and bushfires only, applying ecological economics approaches, but without considering long-term losses over the duration of recovery..."

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Natural Disaster Prediction by Using Image Based Deep Learning and Machine Learning

"...Hence, it is necessary to study and observe data patterns and warning signs that lead to a natural disaster, its potential risk and its ability to resolve management strategies, which can be implemented immediately to minimize the socio-economic loss..."

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One Versus All: Best Practices in Combining Multi-hazard Damage Imagery Training Datasets for Damage Detection for a Deep Learn

"...Across 19 natural disaster events including tornados, wildfire, earthquake, hurricanes, volcanos, flood, and tsunami, buildings were identified and classified into four classes: no damage, minor damage, major damage, and destroyed..."

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Review of ecosystem service assessments: Pathways for policy integration in Southeast Asia

"...SEA is also one of the global regions expected to be most affected by natural disasters in the future, including those are linked to climate change..."

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Identification of sensitivity indicators of urban rainstorm flood disasters: A case study in China

"...The results indicate that urban rainstorm flood disasters are the most sensitive to surface water resources, and are the least sensitive to relief degree of land surface..."

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Climate Change a Great Threat to Fisheries

"...In recent years, the fisheries sector has been confronting with numerous challenges (including natural and anthropogenic) such as natural disasters, climate change, industrialization, environmental pollution, and overfishing..."

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Employing social vulnerability index to assess household social vulnerability of natural hazards: an evidence from southwest co

"...The PCA results indicate that high population density, poor economic condition, the presence of vulnerable groups, unstable income generating sources, unplanned urban and poor infrastructure, lack of services, and lack of adequate sewage systems are the key drivers of social vulnerability of the CM..."

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Can we detect trends in natural disaster management with artificial intelligence? A review of modeling practices

"...There has been an unsettling rise in the intensity and frequency of natural disasters due to climate change and anthropogenic activities..."

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Search and Reconnaissance Robot for Disaster Management

"...Natural disasters like earthquakes/landslides are sudden events that cause widespread destruction, major collateral damage including loss of life..."

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Soybean Crop Non-beneficial Insect Identification Using Mask RCNN

"...However, agriculture is a labor-intensive job and is prone to natural disasters like drought, scanty rainfall, and pest attacks..."

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