Risk and Policy

By Carl Southwell | Risks that impact policy issues

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United Nations

What is the National Flood Insurance Program?

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the nation grieved as images of emerged of homes submerged up to the eves, abandoned pets perched on …

National Flood Insurance Program

A Major Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

Mexico City (AP) -- A powerful earthquake jolted Mexico City on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway sickeningly on the anniversary of a 1985 quake …

Mexico City

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin went data-gathering.​<p><i>An earlier version of this story appeared in Das Magazin in</i> …

Elections

Family seeks answers after Georgia Tech student killed by police

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The family of a Georgia Institute of Technology student shot and killed by police in Atlanta over the weekend is questioning why campus officers did not try to disarm the knife-wielding computer engineering major with nonlethal force.<p>Scout Schultz, 21, died after being shot on …

Policing

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) - As deaths mount in America's opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost.<p>Ross County, a largely rural region of 77,000 people an hour south of Columbus, Ohio, is wrestling with an explosion in opioid-related deaths …

Opioid Crisis

Shawna: A Life on the Sex Offender Registry

Filed 10:00 p.m.<p>09.17.2017<p>ViewFinder<p>A young mother struggles with life on the sex offender registry.<p>I met Shawna a year into filming “Untouchable,” a …

Crime

Harvey and Irma present nearly perfect conditions for Zika-spreading mosquitoes

Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the …

Dengue Fever

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

One morning in January 2016, Martin Steltner showed up at his office in the state courthouse building in western Berlin. Steltner, who has served for more than a dozen years as the spokesman for the Berlin state prosecutor, resembles a detective out of classic crime fiction: crisp suit, wavy gray …

Sputnik

Slavery in the US prison system

If you want to find an example of modern day slavery, look no further than US prisons.<p>Today marks one year since the largest prison labour strike in US history. More than<p>24,000 prisoners across 29 prisons in 12 states protested against inhumane conditions, timing it around the anniversary of the …

Prison

How to tell the stories of those worst affected by a disaster like Hurricane Irma

We’re really only just learning about the impact Hurricane Irma has had on the Caribbean, especially for residents of disaster affected areas.<p>How can …

Hurricane Irma

Florida Keys facing potential 'humanitarian crisis' in Irma aftermath

Military crews were on standby with body bags for possible fatalities in the Keys while more than 5.5 million people remain without power across Florida<p>Hurricane Irma – live updates<p>Florida began the colossal task of cleaning up after Hurricane Irma on Monday, as the remnants of the most powerful …

Weather

California could be hit by an 8.2 mega-earthquake, and it would be catastrophic

The magnitude 8.2 earthquake that ravaged southern Mexico on Sept. 7 was the largest to shake the country in nearly a century.<p>Like California, Mexico is a seismically active region that has seen smaller quakes that have caused death and destruction. But the Sept. 7 temblor is a reminder that even …

Earthquakes

Earthquake Off Mexico Kills Dozens, Sparks Tsunami Warning

The death toll from the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years kept climbing Friday as rescue crews searched through the ruins of collapsed buildings in the coastal areas closest to the epicenter.<p>As of Friday evening, the National Emergency Committee said 58 had died in the earthquake, …

Earthquakes

15 killed in one of the most powerful quakes to strike Mexico

At least 15 people are dead after one of the most powerful earthquakes in Mexico’s history struck late Thursday on its southern coast, toppling buildings, damaging hospitals and sending panicked residents into the streets hundreds of miles away away.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake …

Earthquakes

Credit giant Equifax says Social Security numbers, birth dates of 143 million consumers may have been exposed

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting firms, announced Thursday that its computer systems had been breached, leading to the unauthorized accessing of Social Security numbers and birth dates of up to 143 million U.S. consumers.<p>The Atlanta-based company said the intrusion — …

Identity Theft

Disaster Politics Can Get In the Way Of Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Harvey has been battering the Gulf Coast for days. At least 38 people have been confirmed dead, more than 30,000 people are expected to be …

Political Science

Alzheimer’s patient was sexually abused, state says. Now nursing home says it’s closing

A large Carmichael nursing home that was targeted for years by government regulators for poor quality care has decided to voluntarily close after …

Health Care

Houston offers a grim vision of Los Angeles after catastrophic earthquake

For years, scientists have drawn up terrifying scenarios of widespread destruction and chaos that would come to Southern California when a catastrophic earthquake hits.<p>Their efforts to warn the public may get an unlikely boost from the unprecedented disaster unfolding in Houston, where Tropical …

Earthquakes

When Climate Change Meets Sprawl: Why Houston's ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime' Floods Keep Happening

Boomtown, Flood Town<p>Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a …

Urban Design

Americans who live far from coasts should also be worried about flooding

Catastrophic flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey is the latest reminder that floods kill more people in the United States than any other type …

Climate Change

Ten-year-old rape victim gives birth in India

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> A ten-year old rape victim who was denied an abortion has given birth in northern India.<p>The 10-year old delivered a baby girl via Caesarian section at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, a city in North India.<p>Both the girl and her baby are in stable …

Misogyny

The seeds of the alt-right, America's emergent right-wing populist movement

In recent months, far-right activists – which some have labeled the “alt-right” – have gone from being an obscure, largely online subculture to a …

Charlottesville attack shows homegrown terror on the right is on the rise

The attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a man named James Alex Fields Jr. used his Dodge Challenger as a weapon against a crowd of …

Why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking

“Everything in moderation.”<p>It’s a common justification made for behaviors that may fall outside the realm of healthy. Whether it’s a drink or two or …

US airbase in Guam threatened by North Korea as Trump promises 'fire and fury'

Pyongyang claims missile strike could hit US Pacific territory, warning any American military action would provoke ‘all-out war’<p>Analysis: how likely is war? Explainer: where is Guam and why is North Korea threatening it? Explainer: what is the US military’s presence near North Korea?<p>North Korea has …

North Korea

Stephen Miller attacks Statue of Liberty poem, echoing popular white nationalist talking point

At Wednesday’s White House press briefing, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller was pressed on whether Trump’s new immigration policy was …

Statue of Liberty

Welcome to the ARkStorm - Risk & Insurance

The rain starts from light gray skies with modest winds. California farmers desperate for water look up from their work and raise their faces to the …

Burning Down the House - Risk & Insurance

Officials along the West Coast busy themselves tracking the storm, doing what they think is the right thing by warning residents about flooding and …