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Escape from Hurricane Katrina inspires Northeastern University professor to study post-​​disaster recovery

Escape from Hurricane Katrina inspires Northeastern University professor to study post-​​disaster recovery

–Reposted from news@Northeastern University. Daniel Aldrich and his family nar­rowly escaped the wrath of Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina. Since then, he has exam­ined post-​​disaster recovery in more than half a dozen dis­tinct com­mu­ni­ties world­wide, with a par­tic­ular focus on the impor­tance of social cap­ital. Here, he shares his story, the first in news@Northeastern’s three-​​part series com­mem­o­rating the...
3Qs: Urban and coastal planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

3Qs: Urban and coastal planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

–Reposted from news@Northeastern University, part of a three-​​part series com­mem­o­rating the 10th anniver­sary of what FEMA called the single most cat­a­strophic nat­ural dis­aster in U.S. history. The dev­as­ta­tion wrought by Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina a decade ago is still being felt today along the Gulf Coast. Thou­sands of lives were lost and entire neigh­bor­hoods were wiped out....
How climate adaptation experts help companies prepare for disaster

How climate adaptation experts help companies prepare for disaster

–By Amy Westervelt, reposted from Ensia magazine. As the planet warms, new careers are starting to emerge February 23, 2015 — In 2008, floods in Thailand forced the temporary closure of four Nike factories, costing the company millions of dollars. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy demolished Verizon’s copper-wire infrastructure on the U.S. eastern seaboard, costing thousands...