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These States Are Poorly Prepared for Global Warming – Is Yours on the List?

These States Are Poorly Prepared for Global Warming – Is Yours on the List?

Every state has a plan for what to do in the event of disaster, specifically, a "State Hazard Mitigation Plan," but there's no requirement that these plans take global warming into consideration. As a

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Dangerous zoo animals on the run after deadly flooding in Georgian capital

Dangerous zoo animals on the run after deadly flooding in Georgian capital

Flash flooding in Tbilisi, Georgia has claimed at least a dozen lives, and devastated the city's zoo—leaving some 20 wolves, eight lions, six tigers, as well as jaguars and bears missing. Some of the

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Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits a traumatized Nepal

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits a traumatized Nepal

Just two weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal and claimed over 8,000 lives, a powerful 7.3 earthquake has struck the rural town of Namche, which lies around 50 miles northeast of

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This Argentinian ghost town resurfaced after spending 25 years underwater

This Argentinian ghost town resurfaced after spending 25 years underwater

Villa Epecuen, located about a six hour drive south of Buenos Aires, was once a bustling tourist destination. Visitors would come to vacation at the picturesque resort and bath in the waters of the town's

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US coastlines will be flooding 30 times a year by 2050

US coastlines will be flooding 30 times a year by 2050

By 2050, huge areas of the US coast could be subjects to 30+ days of flooding a year, thanks to accelerating sea level rise from global warming, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

This past week may have brought a much-needed dose of rain to southern California, but the region still continues to suffer under devastating drought conditions. These conditions are so bad, according to

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VIDEO: Stanford Team Successfully Tests Earthquake-Resistant House

VIDEO: Stanford Team Successfully Tests Earthquake-Resistant House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z30rcg3buuw A team of Stanford engineers have built and tested an earthquake-resistant house that sits on top of sliding "isolators" to ride out tremors. The test

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6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

  The motto "always be prepared" is a good one to keep in mind, but one might not understand the importance of that until immersed in a situation that one hasn't prepared properly for at all.

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Is Istanbul’s Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

Is Istanbul’s Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

We are all aware of humanity's impact on climate change, but are meteorological researchers taking the idea too far by blaming Istanbul’s rapid urbanization for a series of “freak mini-tornadoes”

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At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption

At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption

At least 36 people are now feared dead in the aftermath of Saturday's Mount Ontake volcanic eruption in Japan. Toxic gases are still spewing from the volcano, causing search and rescue efforts to be

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California’s Shirley Wildfire Scorches 2,000 Acres, Only 10% Contained

California’s Shirley Wildfire Scorches 2,000 Acres, Only 10% Contained

The Shirley Fire near Sequoia National Park in central California continues to burn ferociously, having consumed over 2,000 acres since it began on Friday evening. Residents of 500 homes have been ordered

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Officials in Western U.S. Brace for Fire Season After Drought and a Hot Winter

Officials in Western U.S. Brace for Fire Season After Drought and a Hot Winter

It may seem like just yesterday that the wildfires in California finally died down, but experts in the state are already worried about the coming fire season after a long, hot winter comes to a close. If

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Flooding and How to Stay Afloat When Disaster Strikes

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Flooding and How to Stay Afloat When Disaster Strikes

While the western US suffers the worst drought in centuries, the UK has been battered by powerful storms and rising floodwaters. A new infographic from My Alarm Center looks at the costs of flooding and

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20,000 Displaced in Indonesia as Volcano Erupts 50 Times

20,000 Displaced in Indonesia as Volcano Erupts 50 Times

Photo via Shutterstock A volcano on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted more than 50 times on Saturday, sending clouds of gas up to 13,000 feet in the air and a river of lava five

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17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

A "once-in-a-decade" typhoon has hit the Japanese coast, and while its winds weakened from a peak of 130-156 mph—Category 4 status—heavy rain and landslides have claimed 17 lives on Oshima Island and

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Biolite Infographic Shows the 3 Ps of Preparedness for Emergency Situations

Biolite Infographic Shows the 3 Ps of Preparedness for Emergency Situations

BioLite knows a thing or two about emergency preparedness. The Brooklyn-based company was on the front lines during Hurricane Sandy, and its USB-charging CampStoves made national news for their role in

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800,000 Evacuated as 140mph Cyclone Hits India’s East Coast

800,000 Evacuated as 140mph Cyclone Hits India’s East Coast

Indian authorities are expressing relief at what appears to be a relatively low rate of causalities after "Super Cyclone" Phailin made landfall in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday

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Pakistan Quake Kills at Least 270, Causes 100-Foot-Wide Island to Emerge From Sea

Pakistan Quake Kills at Least 270, Causes 100-Foot-Wide Island to Emerge From Sea

Video Still via YouTube A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck a rural area of southern Pakistan yesterday in a disaster that has claimed over 270 lives, left hundreds injured and many more homeless. As the

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Could Louisiana’s Brain-Eating Amoebas be Linked to Hurricane Katrina?

Could Louisiana’s Brain-Eating Amoebas be Linked to Hurricane Katrina?

Image via Wikimedia Commons After tap water containing the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri claimed the life of a four-year-old boy in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, state epidemiologist Raoult

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Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

Team Kentuckiana makes use of the engineering, business and communication skills from the University of Louisville, the architecture and construction expertise from Ball State University, and engineering

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Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Beloved for his numerous contributions to disaster relief and design in general, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban uses cardboard as a construction material in residential, commercial, and public

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75 Confirmed Dead, 459 Injured As Early Morning Earthquake Strikes Chinese Farming Community

75 Confirmed Dead, 459 Injured As Early Morning Earthquake Strikes Chinese Farming Community

Gansu Province Landscape via Shuttertock Officials are just starting to pick up the pieces after an early morning earthquake rocked a hillside farming community near the city of Dingxi in China's

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Meteorologists Suggest Oklahoma Tornado Was More Powerful Than an Atomic Bomb

Meteorologists Suggest Oklahoma Tornado Was More Powerful Than an Atomic Bomb

The National Weather Service just gave the tornado that struck Oklahoma this week its highest rating of EF-5 due to its high wind speed and the breadth and severity of damage. Several meteorologists used

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Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock Haiti's hills were once lined with lush greenery - but now it's 98 percent bereft of plant coverage, making it one of the least forested nations on earth. To address the issue

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Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

A little over two years since a devastating earthquake struck Japan and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Google has collaborated with the town of Namie-machi, which sits inside the

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Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

It's been two years since the deadly earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan, destroying homes and triggering a nuclear disaster. Although the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent deluge killed thousands

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Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where They Are Needed Most

Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where They Are Needed Most

Anyone who has ever struggled to pitch a tent can attest to how difficult it can be to assemble a temporary shelter. Add the stress of a natural calamity, and every second saved by quick and simple

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Tentsile’s New Stingray Hanging Tent Lets You Sleep Comfortably Suspended in the Trees!

Tentsile’s New Stingray Hanging Tent Lets You Sleep Comfortably Suspended in the Trees!

Forget about soggy sleeping bags and competing with rocks and debris on the cold, hard ground on your next camping trip - Inhabitat favorite Tentsile just launched a brand new suspended tent called the

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US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Oil exploration, production and transportation in the United States may suffer from endemic failures in technology, regulation and common sense, but that doesn't appear to be

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The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

Australian shipbuilder Matt Duncan was so affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that he put his engineering skills to use and designed a Tsunami Survival Pod capable of withstanding six tons of

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