Disasters

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The Challenges of Rebuilding Nepal

Alyssa Ayres, CFR's senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discusses the international and domestic response to the recent earthquakes in Nepal, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Interview

Rebuilding Nepal

Nancy Lindborg interviewed by Eleanor Albert

Nepal's earthquake underscores how vital it is for governments to invest in resilient infrastructure, says U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg.

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Politico: The Day We Lost Atlanta

Author: Rebecca Burns

"What happened in Atlanta this week is not a matter of Southerners blindsided by unpredictable weather. More than any event I've witnessed in two decades of living in and writing about this city, this snowstorm underscores the horrible history of suburban sprawl in the United States and the bad political decisions that drive it."

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Bloomberg: Will an Asteroid Destroy You Before You Finish This?

Author: Bloomberg Editors

"New research suggests that space rocks as large as the one that fell over Chelyabinsk -- about 19 meters (62 feet) across -- are three to five times more numerous than scientists had realized. The study, led by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, also found that larger and more dangerous ones are unexpectedly abundant. In other words, alien projectiles pose a serious threat. Is it a manageable one?"

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Interview

Japan's Nuclear Dilemma

Charles D. Ferguson interviewed by Toni Johnson

One year after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan is facing a dilemma of how to clean up the disaster and how to meet current and future energy needs, says expert Charles D. Ferguson, even as the global nuclear industry continues to face the accident's aftershocks.

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Japan: One Year Later

CFR's Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Sheila A. Smith, discusses the political and economic state of Japan one year after the earthquake and tsunami.

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Der Spiegel: What Future Does Nuclear Power Have in Japan?

Author: Wieland Wagner

Almost a year after the Fukushima disaster, fifty-two of Japan's fifty-four nuclear power plants have been shut down. The reactor explosion destroyed the population's trust in nuclear energy. But the atomic lobby--and the country's industrial needs--could block a possible phase-out, writes Wieland Wagner at Der Spiegel.

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Op-Ed

No More Costa Concordias

Author: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG
Baltimore Sun

Captain Melissa Bert, USCG, argues that cruise ship disasters should not be happening in the 21st century, and the the U.S. Coast Guard can help ensure they don't.

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Cruise Ship Safety

Author: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG
San Diego Union-Tribune

Captain Melissa Bert, USCG, says the Costa Concordia disaster provides an opportunity for a thorough reexamination of international safety regulations for passenger vessels.

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