10 Jan 2020

Restoring an earthquake-hit power plant in Puerto Rico could take a year

Experts say it could take over a year to repair a critical power plant damaged in Tuesday’s earthquake. The 6.4 magnitude quake is considered the worst earthquake Puerto Rico has suffered in the last century. Tragically, the quake killed one person and caused an island-wide electrical blackout. Only half of

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02 Jan 2020

Flood death toll rises to 26 in Jakarta, tens of thousands evacuated

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated today in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta on Thursday after flash flooding and landslides killed up to 26 people. Jakarta currently faces some of the heaviest rain in over two decades, while heavy rainfall remains on the forecast for the next several days. The

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15 Nov 2019

4 Dead As ‘Tinder Box-Like Conditions’ Fuel Catastrophic Bushfires In Australia

Australia is currently battling raging fires in the east, and although conditions have improved since Tuesday when they were at a ‘catastrophic’ level, it is unlikely that conditions will improve over the coming months. Thursday morning, there were 70 fires burning in New South Wales, and 3 people died over

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11 Feb 2019

Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 500, vaccinations proving successful

Although the number of cases continues to grow and the number of deaths have passed 500, the vaccination program against the ongoing ebola outbreak in the North Kivu province of the DRC is proving successful, according to health workers. 76,525 people have reportedly been vaccinated, preventing what the government health

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25 Jan 2019

The Pentagon flew more drones for domestic missions in 2018 than the last 7 years combined

The U.S. military has supported domestic missions with drones several times in the past decades, but 2018 marked a highpoint of military drone usage domestically, surpassing the past seven years combined and suggesting a continued support relationship in 2019 and beyond. Of the 2018 missions, four supported forrest firefighting efforts

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18 Jan 2019

World Economic Forum Releases Lists of “Biggest Risks” Worldwide in 2019

Releasing three separate lists ranking the top ten “Risks by Likelihood,” “Risks by Impact,” and “Risks by Interconnections,” the WEF reflects the responses of leaders across the Forum’s business, government, civil society, and thought leadership networks. The third chart explores some of the interactions of the various risks and works

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17 Jan 2019

The World’s Health Organization’s Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a list of the leading 10 threats to global health in 2019. The first listed threat is “Air Pollution and Climate Change,” where 9/10 people breathe polluted air daily leading to around 7 million premature deaths per year. Climate change also threatens to

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30 Nov 2018

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo now second worst in history

The Ebola outbreak in the middle of an ongoing crisis zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the world’s second deadliest outbreak of the disease. To date, 426 cases and nearly 200 deaths have been recorded, still significantly less than the outbreak in West Africa from 2013-2016

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12 Oct 2018

In Pacific, US Army Shifts Training from Disaster Relief to War

“Not long ago, U.S. Army forces in the Pacific spent most of their training time preparing for humanitarian relief missions, evacuations from natural disasters, and efforts to build up allied security forces. Not anymore. Since President Donald Trump has come to office, the administration has issued a new National Security Strategy

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04 Oct 2018

What Went Wrong With Indonesia’s Tsunami Early Warning System?

“In the aftermath of the Friday earthquake and ensuing tsunami that destroyed thousands of homes and killed more than 1,200 people on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, officials are beginning to sort out what went wrong with the country’s early warning system for tsunami detection. Indonesia’s system, completed in

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