24 Aug 2011

4,800 homes evacuated as rail car burns

“More than 4,800 families were out of their homes in Lincoln, California, on Wednesday morning as a railroad tank car loaded with propane burned nearby. The tank car, loaded with about 29,000 gallons of propane, caught fire around noon Tuesday.” Source: 4,800 homes evacuated as rail car burns – This

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10 Aug 2011

Anthrax case confirmed in the Midwest

“Minnesota Department of Health officials have confirmed that a patient currently in a Minnesota hospital has contracted inhalation Anthrax. “ (Source: Anthrax case confirmed in the Midwest – Chicago Homeland Security | Examiner.com.)

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05 Aug 2011

Black Hat hacker details lethal wireless attack on insulin pumps

“If you thought that unlocking cars via SMS was the definition of nefarious, think again: at the Black Hat security conference, security researcher Jerome Radcliffe has detailed how our use of SCADA insulin pumps, pacemakers, and implanted defibrillators could lead to untraceable, lethal attacks from half a mile away.” (Source:

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20 Jul 2011

Pacific hurricane builds to Category 4 power

“Heavy swells were expected along Mexico’s Pacific coast as Hurricane Dora strengthened into a Category 4 storm Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.” Source: Pacific hurricane builds to Category 4 power – CNN.com

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20 Jul 2011

Nearly half U.S. population facing extreme heat

“The dangerous heat wave blamed for as many as 13 deaths spread into the eastern United States on Wednesday, extending its reach across nearly half the U.S. population, officials said. About 141 million people in a 1 million-square-mile area were under heat advisories and warnings, Justin Kenney, spokesman for the

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06 Jul 2011

Borders, Budgets, and the Rising Risk of Disease

“Is there a perfect storm brewing along our nation’s southern border? Let’s take a look at the numbers in El Paso, Texas where I recently visited: There are 27 million crossings per year alone at the El Paso Point of Entry (POE) and a border population of 25 million or

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27 Jun 2011

Global Food Security Remains Precarious

“The global food security remains precarious as extreme weather, natural disaster and continued uncertainties in world financial markets has continued to spike food prices to record highs, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Monday. Last month, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) food price index stood at a

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16 Jun 2011

Six French children hospitalised with E coli

“Six children have been hospitalised in northern France with E coli infections after eating meat that manufacturers said came from Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands “ Source: Six French children hospitalised with E coli | RFI

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14 Jun 2011

Arizona wildfire is now the state’s largest ever

“The Wallow Fire in Arizona has become the largest wildfire in the state’s history, surpassing the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire, according to officials with Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest” (Source: Arizona wildfire is now the state’s largest ever – CNN.com.)

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06 Jun 2011

Food chain at risk of being poisoned by terrorist groups

“Manufacturers and retailers have been told that their sector is vulnerable to attacks by ideologically and politically motivated groups that may seek to cause widespread casualties and disruption by poisoning food supplies. The warning from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure [CPNI], which operates as part of the

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