The environmental toll of Katrina is just staggering. The Washington Post features a pretty in-depth look at the fallout. Imagine not having reliably clean water for years! Click here to read (registration required, but it’s free)
The NY Times has an interesting article on high-tech flood control in Europe. It’s a pretty interesting read about how others tackle this tricky problem. It makes a lot of sense to use nature’s power against her, so to speak. Take a look (registration required)
The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, which conducts hazards and disaster research, is calling for proposals for Quick Response grants to study the impacts of Hurrican Katrina. The small grants, which average between $1500 and $3000, are to cover food, travel, and lodging expense to allow researchers to conduct short-term field studies immediately following a disaster. The website also has information about NSF funding to collect data about the impacts of Hurrican Katrina
Natural Hazards Center
I heard about this on The Tech Teachers podcast. It is a great combination of education and geography (with some of those other disciplines mixed in). As usual, take a few minutes and check it out.
An article from BBC news describing the retreat of Peruvian glaciers. This is a great example of the conjoining of physical and human geography. Understanding how the retreating glaciers impact the sustainability of the local population.
In the July issue of Science magazine, a group of leading scientists, including geographers, argue that global land use is now a top environmental issue. Here is the link to a summary of the article: