Tag Archives: Flood

  • Podcast

    Adam Parks: Flood!

    Rebuilding from the recent Sonoma County floods
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 2:15 PM


    In late February, Sonoma County California experienced intense flooding causing several hundred millions of dollars in damage. Fortunately loss of life was very low relative to the fires that ravaged the same region the year before.

    In this week's podcast, we talk with Adam Parks, whom we've interviewed previously about sourcing and preparing sustainably-raised meat (he operates a meat CSA in Sonoma County). Adam's business in Sebastopol, CA was hit hard by the flooding, and he graciously paused his recovery efforts to give us a play-by-play account of what happened during the disaster and how Sonoma County is recovering from the floods.

    This is a little different from our usual fare, but is an instructive reminder that disasters strike without warning, and that when they do, most people and businesses are caught completely unawares.

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  • Podcast

    Expert: What You Need To Know About The Oroville Dam Crisis

    And why our entire national dam system is as vulnerable
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 1:06 AM


    To make sense of the fast-developing situation at California's Oroville Dam, Chris spoke today with Scott Cahill, an expert with 40 years of experience on large construction and development projects on hundreds of dams, many of them earthen embankment ones like the dam at Oroville. Scott has authored numerous white papers on dam management, he's a FEMA trainer for dam safety, and is the current owner of Watershed Services of Ohio which specializes in dam projects across the eastern US. Suffice it to say, he knows his "dam" stuff.

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  • Blog

    Oroville Dam Threatens To Collapse

    Short-term thinking has put lives at risk
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, February 13, 2017, 12:51 PM


    This is a running commentary on the rapidly developing Oroville dam situation. Because the story developed so rapidly, there wasn’t time to write a complete report.

    I’ll have a tidy summary at some point, but first we have to scour and assemble the information.

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  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 8/13 – A Texan Tragedy, War-torn Syria Split into Three Regions

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 3:45 PM

    • What Country Should You Flee to? Citizenship Info for U.S. Asylum Seekers
    • How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets
    • N.S.A. Leaks Make Plan for Cyberdefense Unlikely
    • War-torn Syria Split into Three Regions
    • In One Bundle of Mortgages, the Subprime Crisis Reverberates
    • A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water
    • Lightning Bolt Sparks Fire at Venezuelan Oil Refinery
    • New York Today: Flood Watch

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    Daily Digest 5/4 – NYC Adds Flood Evacuation Zones, Canada Wrestles With Bee-Killing Pesticides

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, May 4, 2013, 3:24 PM

    • Housewives' gold rush keeps price from falling
    • China arrests after rat, mink and fox sold as mutton
    • Video game league apologizes for Bitcoin scandal
    • Business Investment Rebounds Even as Recovery Drags
    • Adding Evacuation Zones in Response to Hurricane
    • Early Wildfire Drives Thousands From Homes in Southern California
    • Canada wrestles with bee-killing crop pesticides

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  • Blog
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    The New Future of Energy Policy

    The rise of the powergrid (and new taxes)
    by Gregor Macdonald

    Monday, November 26, 2012, 7:32 PM


    Flood myths are common to human culture. Swollen rivers, tidal storms, and tsunamis make their appearance frequently in literature. But Hurricane Sandy, which has drawn newly etched high-water marks on the buildings of lower Manhattan (and Brooklyn), has shifted the discussion from storytelling to reality.

    Volatility in climate has drawn the attention of policy makers for a decade. But as so often is the case, a dramatic event like superstorm Sandy – the largest storm to hit New York since the colonial era – has punctured the psyche of the densely populated East Coast, including the New York-Washington, DC axis where U.S. policy is made.

    Not surprisingly, in the weeks since the historical hurricane made landfall, new attention is being paid to the mounting costs that coastal world megacities may face.

    Intriguingly, however, this new conversation about climate, energy policy, and America’s reliance on fossil fuels comes after a five-year period in which the U.S. has dramatically lowered its consumption of oil and seen an equally dramatic upturn in the growth of renewable energy.

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  • Blog

    Daily Digest 1/11 – Invention of Money, Food Prices Spike in Australia, EMU Debt Crisis

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 4:00 PM

    • Toward Sensible Monetary Policy
    • The Invention of Money
    • Monday Market Movement – 10 Days of ’11
    • Food Prices Set To Spike In Wake Of Floods
    • Virginia Creates Subcommittee To Study Monetary Alternatives In Case Of Terminal Fed “Breakdown”
    • EMU Debt Crisis Edges Ever Closer To The Core
    • 300 Year Old Food Forest in Vietnam

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