In the news this week:
Andy Revkin at the NY Times has a news story and a blog post about the UN’s new report assessing disaster risk. One of the experts quoted in his story sent him a comment with a lot of concern about the promotional video. Dave Petley (who writes Dave’s Landslide Blog) looked at the report, and criticizes its assessment of landslide hazards. I haven’t looked at the report myself (and it’s long, unfortunately, so there’s no way I’ll be able to digest it in time for class this week), but I will try to keep the criticisms in mind when I do.
I had no idea that there was a trial alleging that the US government is responsible for the damage to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The argument is that the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (aka “Mr. Go”) allowed the storm surge to travel much more effectively towards New Orleans. But there is, and the arguments were heard this week. Check out the full story at NPR for the details.
And finally, in the world of climate change data, NASA’s Earth Observatory has a fantastic visualization of changes in Arctic sea-ice extent over the past decade. If you want to see the images for yourself (rather than, say, trusting George Will’s description of it), take a look.