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The Titanic…a poster child for Learning from Experience…and for Repetitive Loss

100 years ago last night, the passenger liner Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank two hours later. She carried over 2200 people – some of the world’s richest, and maybe 1000 of the poorest, the latter … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy’s Real Lesson…will we learn it?

Viewed narrowly, Hurricane Sandy is a success story. Start with the forecast. Americans were given a week’s heads-up that Hurricane Sandy would track north, and then, instead of veering safely out to the Atlantic, would come ashore somewhere near New … Continue reading

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Want to learn more about community resilience?

Readers of the previous post and related posts on the Weather-Ready Nation may be well aware of the work pioneered by the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) over the past few years. If not, the CARRI February newsletter which … Continue reading

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Think differently. Ask another question. Learn more.

It’s a privilege to be in Washington, DC, and to work on Earth observations, science, and services. Many people might find that hard to believe! News coverage, focusing as it does on what’s wrong and vexing, invites those outside Washington … Continue reading

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More on what we can learn from Hurricane Irene

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” To those of a certain age, this line is iconic Bob Dylan, taken from his song “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” A radical left organization, the Revolutionary Youth Movement of … Continue reading

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Building U.S. disaster resilience.

Prologue: With each passing day, the Puerto Rican disaster reveals its true extent. It’s no mere disaster (a word cheaply tossed about), but a dire – and deepening – humanitarian crisis. Three million islanders need help now with food, water, … Continue reading

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Ratcheting-up America’s resilience to hazards.

Prologue: The daily news from Puerto Rico is excruciatingly tragic. A week after Hurricane Maria’s passage, some 3.5 million people are still picking their way through 3000 mi2 of debris in a search for food and water, and despair mounts. … Continue reading

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The “augur” in Inauguration.

Many words could have been applied to America’s four-year swearing-in ceremony for new presidents, observed once again tomorrow. Why this particular word? Hard to find any history peculiar to its choice here in the United States, but generically, we’re told … Continue reading

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WWLFRD? An Richardsonian approach toward sustainable development

We close out our short series on Lewis Fry Richardson, on the 131st anniversary of his birth. _________________________________ WWJD? What would Jesus do? Most of us are familiar with this acronym. Many people wear it on one of those yellow … Continue reading

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective…Earth Scientists (and colleagues)?

If we took a poll of Earth scientists and their colleagues, what fraction do you think might have read Stephen R. Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People? This book was first published in 1989. To call it … Continue reading

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