Stratospheric aerosols and their impact on Sahelian rainfall
(Phys.org) —The Sahelian drought of the 1970s-1990s was one of the largest humanitarian disasters of the last fifty years, causing up to 250,000 deaths and creating 10 million refugees. This drought has ...
MIT scientists launch personalized robot project
Imagine going to a local store, picking out a design for a robot to help with some household chores, and having the device built within a matter of hours.
Preparing for the chaos of equity crowdfunding
Equity crowdfunding is not yet legal, but when it is, expect a period of "chaos" before those involved learn how to make the most of its benefits and minimize its risks, say University of Toronto researchers.
'Revolutionary' water treatment units on their way to Afghanistan
The United States Army has taken delivery of the first two units of a "revolutionary" waste-water treatment system that will clean putrid water within 24 hours and leave no toxic by-products, according to scientists at Sam ...
6.5-magnitude quake rattles Guatemala's coast
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala's Pacific coastline on Sunday, just four days after a major quake killed dozens and left thousands without homes in the region.
Federal agencies remapping coastal areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy
A day after the administration released the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force progress report, three federal agencies have announced plans for remapping parts of the East Coast, where Hurricane Sandy ...
Lessons learned from Japan's earthquake applicable for hurricanes, other natural disasters
The importance of knowing your neighbors and taking warnings seriously are just two of the life-saving lessons that can be learned from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan six months ago, says a Purdue University ...
QandA with scott knowles: The politics of Hurricane Isaac
The prospect of dangerous winds, flooding and fire have been ominously looming over the Gulf Coast, but the level of destruction to the southern U.S. is not the only aftermath many Americans are awaiting ...
Team identifies water vulnerability in border region
The Arizona-Sonora region has been called the front line of ongoing climate change, with global climate models projecting severe precipitation decreases and temperature increases coupled with vulnerability ...
New Web-based relief tools emerging to help Haiti
(AP) -- Hundreds of tech volunteers spurred to action by Haiti's killer quake are adding a new dimension to disaster relief, developing new tools and services for first responders and the public in an unprecedented ...
India offers $532 million to states hit by drought, floods
India's government on Wednesday offered millions of dollars to states hit by drought or floods, marking half the funds for a western zone were millions face their worst water shortage since 1972.
Researchers develop food aid decision-making tool
Shipping food to foreign countries may not always be the best response to food crises; sometimes sending cash or procuring goods locally is cheaper, faster and more effective.
Disaster relief helps the incumbent, research shows
(Phys.org)—A 2009 study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Loyola Marymount University suggests President Obama may get a bump in the polls from Superstorm Sandy.
DARPA develops technologies for aiding disaster relief
During natural or man-made disasters, the U.S. armed forces' rapidly deployable airlift, sealift, communication, and medical evacuation and care capabilities can supplement lead relief agencies in providing ...