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US Northeast Megacity (in the path of Hurricane Irene)

Megacity region US Northeast

US Northeast Megacity population map displayed by census block data.

New York Times interactive Map of Hurricane Irene's path (Click on image)

NOTE: as of Saturday afternoon, state and utility reports from North Carolina and Virgina report 1 million power customers were without electricity.

The Human Security Index: Pushing the Perceptiveness Envelope on Security Situations?

submitted by David Hastings

The Human Security Index: Pushing the Perceptiveness Envelope on Security Situations?

How do we look at security?  With respect to American vs. other country interests, stability, terrorism?  Gathering intelligence on adversaries? Do we use GDP per capita, the Freedom in the World Index, Failed States Index, Happy Planet Index, Human Development Index, Global Competitiveness Index, Country Comparisons in the CIA World Factbook and other data/indicators to help with background?

But aren't those admirable approaches just subsets of our potential capabilities?  Would they have helped us to forecast and respond wisely to events of, say, 1848?  The Russian or Iranian Revolutions?  Did they help us respond wisely to Katrina or Deepwater Horizon?  Are they helping us with our many-year-evolving US Dollar, competitiveness, sustainability and social vulnerabilities?  To many, the answer is no.

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Al Gore's Critique Sparks Debate Over Obama's Record on Climate Change

 

The following video looks at the key perspectives regarding the issue of whether the Obama Administration has engaged policies that effectively address the threat of climate change.

 

http://news.google.com/?ar=1308834370

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Simulation Fukushima Reactor 4-like Meltdown in a U.S. Nuclear Power Plant

It has been proposed that there should be a serious game simulation of a Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant reactor 4-like accident in a U.S. power plant to test the U.S. public's preparedness and ability to utilize social media and government risk communication messaging to reduce health and human security concerns around U.S. nuclear plants.  Many U.S. power plants, often close to major U.S. population centers like New York City and Omaha, Nebraska, share Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power vulnerability of storing spent fuel rods on site.  The U.S. has not prepared the American public in projected plume areas for sheltering in place and evacuations that would dramatically reduce their risk in a Fukushima-like accident.  

This week's loss of power during flooding at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant, near Omaha, Nebraska demonstrates that this problem is not theoretical.  Although power was only cut to the plant for 90 minutes, if the power shortage had continued for over 28 hours or so, a catastrophic meltdown could have threatened Omaha, Nebraska with high-levels of radiation.

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Video - Al Gore's Critique Sparks Debate Over Obama's Record on Global Warming

Rolling Stone - June 22, 2011

by Al Gore

Climate of Denial

Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?

(Link to 7 page article, below)

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-of-denial-20110622?page=1

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The Nation: Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency Claims a Near Catastrophic Meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Nebraska

 This unusual story from Pakistan's "The Nation" claims that there has been a cover up of a near catastrophic meltdown for the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant near Omaha, Nebraska.  Evidence from the nuclear power plant and U.S. regulators indicate that the Pakistani story and Russian claims are significantly over-reaching.  The flooding that caused a Fukushima reactor 4-like spent fuel rod cooling pond interruption of power led to a 90 minute interruption of power, but the temperature of the cooling pond and the water coverage of the spent fuel rods did not approach circumstances that would cause a meltdown, according to U.S. officials. 

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DECISION MAKING AT BORDER CROSSINGS

IHSS RESEARCH:  VIRTUAL WORLD ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPED TO EVALUATE DECISION MAKING AT BORDER CROSSINGS

 

 

The Institute for Homeland Security Solutions is pleased to announce the publication of its latest research report:

 

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The next step after Japan? (Virtual reality, training and crisis management)

This may be of some interest to you.

Please forward it to anyone you think might benefit from seeing it.

Best Regards,

Bob Ross

Robert G. Ross
Chief, Risk Sciences Branch

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U.N./Brookings Meeting: Good Practices for Humanitarian Response in Complex Security Environments

To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 9:00 am - 10:30 am The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC Humanitarian assistance providers have always acknowledged the risks inherent to their line of work, yet recent statistics demonstrate that this is a particularly hazardous time to be an aid worker. Within the past decade, casualty rates have tripled, reaching above 100 deaths per year. Since 2005, hundreds of major attacks have been reported on aid workers in Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia and other countries, prompting aid agencies to limit their presence in areas where assistance may be most needed. In response to the growing tension between maintaining humanitarian access and ensuring humanitarians' safety, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has documented strategies and practices for upholding effective operations in high security risk contexts. On June 21, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement will host the launch of the OCHA- commissioned study, "To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments," with a discussion exploring risk management strategies to protect humanitarian operations and personnel.

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Failed States Index 2011 Launch Event: National Press Club on June 29

 

oin The Fund for Peace (FfP) and BENS for the launch of this year’s Failed States Index (FSI).  The FSI is a leading index that annually highlights current trends in social, economic and political pressures that affect all states, but can strain some beyond their capacity to cope.  Apart from the impact on their people, fragile and failed states present the international community with a variety of challenges. In today's world, with its globalized economy, information systems and security challenges, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.

The Launch event will include:

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