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Oh, irony. You are having quite a day.

The Italian region of Veneto, which includes the city of Venice, is currently experiencing historic flooding. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has stated that the flooding is a direct result of climate change, with the tide measuring the highest level in 50 years. The city (which is actually a collection of 100 islands in a lagoon—hence its famous canal streets), is no stranger to regular flooding, but is currently on the brink of declaring a state of emergency as waters refuse to recede.

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Why I Roamed Manhattan Collecting Remnants of the Blackout

I’d just moved in to the East Village when Hurricane Sandy hit. The blackout seemed to dissect the center of the universe in two. My roommate...


I’d just moved in to the East Village when Hurricane Sandy hit. The blackout seemed to dissect the center of the universe in two. My roommate and I went from being new residents of the East Village to new residents of the area South of Power, otherwise known as SoPo, before our boxes were even unpacked.

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In 2010, I was driving to work at Flinders University in Australia and listening to the radio when the first reports of the great Haiti earthquake came in. I remember realizing that if communications systems were damaged, it would make life much harder for the already strained populace of Port-au-Prince, and for those seeking to help them recover in those immediate hours and days.

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Nuclear Meltdown Explained, and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Situation at Fukushima [Updated]

The basics behind a nuclear meltdown, and answers to other earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster FAQs.


Updated: The New York Times has an incredibly illustrative infographic about how a meltdown occurs, and how a reactor shuts down. It's a must see.

Original post: As the situation at the Fukushima district nuclear power plants in Japan has escalated from issue to emergency, a lot of people have been asking for a basic explanation of what exactly a meltdown is. This Reuters video—specific to the Fukushima plant—was the best, most clear and simple description that I could find.

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