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Junot Diaz, author of the fantastic novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, writes about Haiti’s earthquake in Apocalypse: What Disasters Reveal. The experience of Port au Prince was quite difference from Lyttleton, New Zealand response to their own … Continue reading
It is too early for a resilience analysis of Japan’s cascading disaster, but here are some links. First on the fast variables, and then on the slow. 1) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is posting their continuously updated report on … Continue reading
New York Times has Satellite Photos of Japan Before and After Tsunami Boston Globe’s Big Picture photoblog has collected photos from the ground.
The near simultaneous floods in Brazil and Brisbane provide a contrast in terms of their impact (and media coverage). Brisbane is experiencing huge property damage, but relatively little loss of life – while Brazil is experiencing large loss of life, … Continue reading
In early January of 2010 a huge landscape destroyed the village of Attabad and dammed the Hunza river in Northwest Pakistan. The landslide dam resulted in the rapid growth of a new lake that has flooded a key road and … Continue reading
An earthquake and following tsunamis destroyed great parts of Chile, killing people, ripping apart families, and affecting infrastructure, business, politics, animals and ecological relations. This is my short report on thoughts and fears of the reorganization phase, based on following … Continue reading
The Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) maintains a global database on disasters. In collaboration with the new United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) they summarize disasters in the past decade. They state that in the … Continue reading
In the Boston Review, John Hopkin’s anthropologist Sidney Mintz, author of the classic book, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History, writes on about Whitewashing Haiti’s History: Every medium of communication in the world is now overrun … Continue reading