Category Archives: Disasters

Why should I care about rising sea levels? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Price Reduced Waterfront Property

Price Reduced Waterfront Property – East Coast USA
Photo Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) June 2018 Report

On September 14th, Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast. With warmer oceans driven by climate change, the massive, slow-moving storm dumped more than 20 inches of rain on its arrival. The storm surge reached levels of 9 to 13 feet. Hundreds of inundated home owners may never recover from the damages.

Ten years ago, on September 15, 2008, another kind of disaster struck our nation with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the insurance giant AIG. The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression sent rogue waves across our nation and worldwide. The fallout—foreclosures, shrinking home values, and millions of job losses—battered Americans.

With rising sea levels—the result of ongoing heating of our oceans and atmosphere—another massive, slow-moving crisis is brewing. Hundreds of thousands of coastal properties will increasingly face chronic…

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Nuclear Plants, Toxic Waste Sites Under Threat as Hurricane Florence reaches the Carolinas

Florence
by Jon Queally, staff writer
With reports of skyscraper-likes waves out at sea, the potential for historic coastal surges and rainfall, and severe threats to vulnerable nuclear plants and other industrial waste sites—a behemoth Hurricane Florence is fast-approaching the southeastern U.S. coast on Wednesday as weather experts and emergency management officials intensifying their warnings about the dangers the storm poses.

6.8 magnitude earthquakes rocks Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Grenada


6.8 magnitude earthquakes rocks TT, Guyana, Grenada

It was felt across  Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Guyana,  Grenada.  People from St. Lucia and Barbados, St. Vincent have also reported feeling the quake. Tremors shook Newsday’s offices on Pembroke Street and there are reports of tremors in Port of Spain, San Fernando and Petit Valley.

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More Tremors Recorded After 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Venezuela and other Parts of the Caribbean (INCLUDES VIDEOS)

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QUAKE SHAKES REGION

For days, perhaps weeks, people across the Caribbean will be talking about Tuesday’s earthquake off the coast of Venezuela that was felt in tremor form as far north in the smaller Windward island like St. Lucia and as far south as Guyana and Suriname.

VIDEO of Earthquake damage in Trinidad… Cracks on the land etc

Venezuela hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake

Venezuela hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake

August 21. 2018 – The Guardian. UK.

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Buildings in the capital Caracas have been evacuated and shaking has been felt across the Caribbean

Venezuela’s northern coast has been rocked by a powerful earthquake that was felt across the Caribbean and sent people rushing out into the streets hundreds of kilometres away in the capital, Caracas.

The United States Geological Survey said a 7.3-magnitude earthquake had struck off the South American country’s northern coast at 5.31pm local time on Tuesday, east of the city of Carúpano at a depth of 123km (76 miles). The Colombian Geological Service said it was a 7.0-magnitude quake.

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Report from Trinidad:

No Severe Injuries, Fatalities Or Major Damage After 6.8M Earthquake

Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth – By Chris Hedges

Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth

On the the dawn of the Anthropocene and how humanity has engineered our own march toward collective suicide

“The question is are we smart enough to deal with the effects of our own power?” (Photo: Sanmonku)

The spectacular rise of human civilization—its agrarian societies, cities, states, empires and industrial and technological advances ranging from irrigation and the use of metals to nuclear fusion—took place during the last 10,000 years, after the last ice age. Much of North America was buried, before the ice retreated, under sheets eight times the height of the Empire State Building.

This tiny span of time on a planet that is 4.5 billion years old is known as the Holocene Age. It now appears to be coming to an end with the refusal of our species to significantly curb the carbon emissions and pollutants that might cause human extinction. The human-induced change to the ecosystem, at least for many thousands of years, will probably make the biosphere inhospitable to most forms of life.

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Guyana History: Johnny Carpenter and the Mekdeci family – By Freddie Kissoon

Johnny Carpenter and the Mekdeci family – By Freddie Kissoon

In my column of Sunday, May 20, 2018, captioned, “White fans didn’t know he was an East Indian boy” I wrote the following; “I remember when I was small there was a shoe store at Camp and Regent Streets named Shu-All. The owners passed as Portuguese but they were Syrians.”

Yesterday, the prominent, Portuguese-Guyanese businessman, Johnny Carpenter, came up to me in the National Park. I pass Mr. Carpenter daily in the park and the customary hello follows. But yesterday, while walking my dog, Mr. Carpenter asked for two minutes of my time. I told him he can get more than two minutes.
What Johnny Carpenter had to say to me was amusing. But there also wasn’t a funny side to it considering what I did to Carpenter.      Continue reading

British Guiana (Now Guyana) – The Great Fire of 1945

The Great Fire  of 1945

Re- Stabroek News May 7th. 2000

The RA&CS building ablaze

As people jumped up in the streets on Mashramani, they probably did not realize that in addition to being the thirtieth anniversary of Guyana’s advent to republican status, the day also marked the fifty-fifth anniversary of possibly the most destructive fire in Georgetown’s history.

On February 23, 1945, the Great Fire, as it came to be known, devastated the commercial heart of the capital, and consumed a host of historical and architectural gems which had given the city its aesthetic flair. In addition, it laid waste the RA&CS building and its unique collection of books and papers pertaining to the past of this country.     Continue reading

The Power of Timbuktu: Libraries in Exile – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Power of Timbuktu: Libraries in Exile

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Canoes, carts, and camels. These were some of the methods used to save the manuscripts of Timbuktu. The story of Timbuktu is one of power in the written word and the struggles that it took to preserve it.

‘The ink of the scholar is more valuable than the blood of the martyr.’ This was a popular saying taken from the works of Ahmed Baba in 1603. Ahmed Baba was one of the most famous scholars in Timbuktu. This distant, mysterious and once powerful city has produced a rich stream of knowledge that continues to influence our thinking.

Read More: Profile- The Power of Timbuktu – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Environmental Racism: Black Americans Three Times More Likely to Die from Pollution

The Most Revolutionary Act

Without a touch of irony, the EPA celebrated Black History Month by publishing a report that finds black communities face dangerously high levels of pollution. African Americans are more likely to live near landfills and industrial plants that pollute water and air and erode quality of life. Because of this, more than half of the 9 million people living near hazardous waste sites are people of color, and black Americans are three times more likely to die from exposure to air pollutants than their white counterparts. . .

via Environmental racism has left black Americans three times more likely to die from pollution — Quartz

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UN issues refugee protection guidance for Venezuelan “Refugees”

UN issues refugee protection guidance for thousands of Venezuelans fleeing crisis-torn country

March 13, 2018 – Caribbean News Now

Photo: Venezuelans arrive in Pacaraima, a border city with Venezuela, seeking asylum or special stay permits in Brazil, 16 February 2018. © UNHCR/Reynesson Damasceno

GENEVA, Switzerland — As deepening economic woes force thousands of Venezuelans to flee the crisis-gripped country, the United Nations on Tuesday March 13, 2018 issued guidance on treating the population as “refugees,” while the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that the outflow into neighbouring countries such as Colombia constitutes a “humanitarian disaster.”   Continue reading

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