Prevention Web’s Ask an Expert
Those tackling tough issues related to disaster risk reduction can now bend the ear of an expert, courtesy of Prevention Web’s newest feature. International experts in various fields will make themselves available to website visitors for a week. During that time, users are free to submit questions that will be answered publicly and archived for future use. So stop by, ask a question, and hear what the experts have to say—and for those of you who already are experts, lend a hand.
Movers and Shakers: Women’s Stories from the Christchurch Earthquake
This compilation gives voice to hundreds of women who experienced the Christchurch Earthquake and its subsequent impacts. The downloadable book was born of a project started by the National Council of Women of New Zealand Christchurch and includes excerpts of personal histories that detail the quake, its impacts on health and community, and the rebuilding process.
Combating Antibiotic Resistance
This blog series from the Department of Health and Human Services takes on the increasingly tangible threat of antibiotic resistance in the United States. Entries look at why antibiotic resistance is an impending public health threat, how the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority is poised to address it, and business models that might encourage the development of new antibiotics.
1001 Blistering Future Summers
By 2100, summering in the Hamptons will be like summering in Missouri City, Texas. Not to worry, though. The neighborhood isn’t going to the dogs—just the climate. This new interactive site from Climate Central took 1,001 U.S. cities and projected their future highs based on current emission trends. The sweltering projections only include temperature, not humidity, so don’t try to console yourself with that but-it’s-a-dry-heat thing.
The Social Roots of Risk: Producing Disasters, Promoting Resilience
When it comes to disasters, it’s easy to look to the sky (or the ground, or the climate) and see the culprit in the catastrophe. But the true impacts of disasters aren’t caused by nature; they’re built into our social systems. Until we demolish the social roots of risk, and recognize the equally inherent capacity for resilience, we’ll continue to be victimized by hazards on an increasingly devastating scale. This book by Natural Hazards Center Director Kathleen Tierney elucidates how human action leaves humans vulnerable and how we can take steps to fix it.