The Week: Most Recent natural-disasters recent posts.en-usWed, 02 Jan 2013 15:55:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent natural-disasters from THE WEEKWed, 02 Jan 2013 15:55:00 -0500WATCH: Chris Christie slams the GOP over Sandy aid<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="560" height="340" src=";clip=pla_bde48bd8-9154-4b3d-8c81-0c5036113913&amp;height=340&amp;width=560&amp;autoplay=false" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><p class="p1">In the aftermath of the fiscal cliff deal, many politicos are&nbsp;speculating&nbsp;whether John Boehner will hold onto his speakership in the new Congress. But after the beat-down he received today from members of his own party, perhaps the real question ought to be whether he even wants the position. The morning began with conservatives hammering Boehner for shepherding a bill through the House that would raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans. "This is what happens when your political party is led by an emotionally compromised weeper," tweeted Todd Starnes of Fox News. Then Rep. Pete King...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:55:00 -0500WATCH: Rep. Peter King's epic tirade against the GOP over Sandy relief [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1">Insults have been flying around Congress with increasing ferocity of late. First, Rep. Steve&nbsp;LaTourette&nbsp;(R-Ohio) accused&nbsp;members of the Senate of being a bunch of "sleep-deprived octogenarians." Then it was reported that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to go f--- himself. And now Peter King, a Republican congressman from New York, has gone on an epic tirade against members of his own party for failing to pass a Senate package that would provide $60 billion in relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. "Anyone from New York or New...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:20:00 -0500Why the GOP is slowing aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Moving with uncustomary celerity, <strong>the Senate has put together a $60.4 billion emergency relief package</strong> for areas in the Northeast devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and could vote on the measure by the end of this week. The aid, based on a proposal submitted by President Obama, is supported by Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, both of whom claim that speed is of the essence when it comes to rebuilding the region. Republicans in the House, however, have other ideas, say Corey Boles and Andrew Grossman at <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>:</p><p >House lawmakers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:11:00 -0500After Hurricane Sandy: Is flood insurance bad for taxpayers?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Why does the government sell flood insurance?<br /></strong>When the National Flood Insurance Program was established in 1968, it was seen as a way to save taxpayers money. Instead of paying out massive emergency funds whenever a coastal area or river floodplain was inundated, the government figured it was more prudent to identify risky areas and force people who lived there to buy insurance and assume some of the risk themselves. But the insurance industry wanted no part of the tricky business of calculating flood risk &mdash; "it's like rat poison to them," says insurance industry lobbyist Tony Bullock<em>.&nbsp...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 08 Dec 2012 08:12:00 -0500'We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Our Power': The clever Taylor Swift-Sandy parody<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> It's been nearly two weeks since&nbsp;superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast and, though utility companies worked throughout the weekend to restore power to their customers, by Sunday night, some 166,499 people in New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia were still in the dark. Given that the storm initially left more than 8.5 million in 21 states powerless, that's a big improvement, but no comfort to those inching into day 14 of no heat, electricity, and running water. The Perota sisters of Long Island have turned frustration into humor, converting Taylor Swift's catchy hit "We Are...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 12 Nov 2012 14:35:00 -0500Hurricane Sandy's lessons: How America can protect its coasts<img src="" /></P><p><strong>When were the first defenses built against the sea?<br /></strong>They go back to the earliest civilizations. People have always been drawn to coastlines, and as human settlements developed, empires invested heavily to keep floods from destroying what they'd built. In the 3rd century B.C., Egyptian ruler Ptolemy II had sophisticated dikes built to protect Alexandria's Pharos lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The breakwaters Herod built to protect Caesarea Harbor are still visible in Israel. For centuries, the Japanese have been fashioning bamboo seawalls as protection against typhoons...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 11 Nov 2012 12:32:00 -0500Occupy Sandy: How Hurricane Sandy resurrected the Occupy movement<img src="" /></P><p>Occupy Wall Street was largely dismissed after it failed to do anything more than complain about the country's income inequality problem. But in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the populist movement has reinvented itself. Exploiting social media much the same way they did when organizing nationwide protests last year, the people behind Occupy have mobilized hundreds of volunteers, created Amazon registries for donors to buy relief items for Sandy victims, and set up community hubs and distribution centers across damaged areas in New York City &mdash; managing, some say, to outshine official relief...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 12:33:00 -0500Hurricane Sandy: New York's 'massive, massive housing problem'<img src="" /></P><p>The floodwaters have long receded and the lights are flickering back on in many parts of the New York City area struck by Superstorm Sandy, but that doesn't mean everything's rosy. Temperatures are dropping toward freezing levels, about 1.9 million customers in the region are still without power &mdash; roughly half in New Jersey &mdash; and up to 40,000 New Yorkers need a new place to stay, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday, in a joint appearance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.). "This is going to be a massive, massive housing problem," Cuomo added. Here's a look at this looming...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 05 Nov 2012 06:42:00 -0500How Hurricane Sandy destroyed years of medical research<img src="" /></P><p>As Hurricane Sandy flooded Lower Manhattan, the staff at New York University's Langone Medical Center rushed to evacuate 300 patients. At another NYU facility, the Smilow Research Building,&nbsp;thousands of lab mice drowned&nbsp;as the storm surge filled the&nbsp;basement with water. Many tissue samples and other specimens also were lost. "It's so horrible, you don't even want to think about it," said Michelle Krogsgaard, a cancer biologist. "All the work we did, all the time and money, we're going to have to start all over." What kinds of research were lost in the storm? Here, a brief guide:...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 02 Nov 2012 13:30:00 -0400After Sandy: Is another storm coming?<img src="" /></P><p>"Another storm is exactly what the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast don't need," says Jason Samenow at <em>The Washington Post</em>. But residents in areas ravaged by superstorm Sandy may have no choice in the coming week. Meteorologists say a nor'easter &mdash; a brutal storm characterized by howling winds and a wintry slush of snow and rain &mdash; could soon strike, possibly setting back reconstruction efforts in areas where homes have been destroyed and thousands of households remain without power. Here, a guide to what could be another heavy blow from Mother Nature:</p><p><strong>When is the nor'easter expected...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 02 Nov 2012 11:00:00 -0400Hurricane Sandy's aftermath: Will rats take over Manhattan?<img src="" /></P><p>"The 8-million-strong human population of New York City is matched, if not exceeded, by the city's number of rodent dwellers," says Lynne Peeples at <em>The Huffington Post</em>. And lots more rats lost their homes &mdash; subway tunnels and sewers &mdash; to flooding from Hurricane Sandy than people did. What has become of those disease-carrying vermin?&nbsp;</p><p>"Rats are incredibly good swimmers," says Rick Ostfeld of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, ominously. "And they can climb." If Sandy did indeed flood them out and upset their social structure, "<strong>rats could start infesting areas they never...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 01 Nov 2012 09:25:00 -04006 ways Hurricane Sandy affected the entertainment world<img src="" /></P><p>Superstorm Sandy has significantly affected a number of industries, but &mdash; thanks to New York City&rsquo;s status as an entertainment hub &mdash; the film, television, and theater worlds were particularly hard-hit. The <em>Chicago Tribune</em> estimates that the storm has already cost the industry &ldquo;millions of dollars,&rdquo; with more steep bills to come as the recovery process begins. Here, a guide to Sandy's impact on the showbiz world:</p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" ><strong>1.</strong> <strong>The box office dips</strong><strong><br /></strong>The four new films released last weekend, which included Oscar hopeful <em>Cloud Atlas </em>and horror flick <em>Silent Hill: Revelation 3D</em>, saw...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 31 Oct 2012 17:47:00 -0400Hurricane Sandy: A letter from The Week's editor<img src="" /></P><p>I'm reasonably eager to come to work every Monday morning, but this is the first time I've walked up five flights of stairs in the dark and kicked in a door to get to my desk. The vast Dead Zone that Sandy left in its flattened wake the other night included the building in New York City where we produce <em>The Week</em>. At our office, even the front door's electric lock was inoperable without the constant flow of electrons that is modernity's lifeblood. So the magazine's chief financial officer, Kevin Morgan, and I forced the door open by kicking. Then a half dozen editors and our IT guru swarmed over...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/william-falk" ><span class="byline">William Falk</span></a>Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:10:00 -0400Hurricane Sandy's devastating wrath: 11 shocking, heartbreaking images<img src="" /></P><p>As a weakened Hurricane Sandy makes its way north, East Coast residents like Brian&nbsp;Jakeski&nbsp;of Brick, N.J., are beginning to assess the devastation in their neighborhoods, and it's not pretty. The monster storm left an estimated&nbsp;$20 billion&nbsp;worth of damage in its wake, at least 8.5 million homes and businesses without power, and at least 50 people in the U.S. dead. Here, some of the more shocking pictures of the storm's wrath.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 31 Oct 2012 16:37:00 -0400WATCH: A timelapse video of Hurricane Sandy's terrifying descent on New York<img src="" /></P><p>As Hurricane Sandy assaulted New York City with pelting rain and lashing winds, a camera atop Northside Piers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, chronicled the monster storm's descent on Manhattan. The video, posted by YouTube user SMvideochan, "is the best angle and longest exposure we've yet seen of Sandy's full impact," says <em>Jalopnik</em>. As a result, it's easy to pinpoint the exact moment (at 1:03 of the video) when most of Manhattan loses power. "It's eerie watching such a monstrous storm come and go in just two minutes," says Carmel&nbsp;Lobello at <em>Death &amp; Taxes</em>. This "very apocalyptic" video makes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 31 Oct 2012 16:10:00 -0400Hurricane Sandy: Is climate change to blame?<img src="" /></P><p>"New York isn't known for its hurricanes," says Will Oremus at <em>Slate</em>. "At least, it never has been before." But after Hurricane Sandy collided into a cold front coming down from Canada to create a hybrid superstorm that ravaged large swaths of New York City and New Jersey &mdash; just a year after Hurricane Irene made its own unwelcome mark on the region &mdash; lots of people are wondering if the Big Apple is becoming a featured stop in hurricane alley, and why? Climate scientists aren't very encouraging on the question for residents up the East Coast. Is global warming responsible for Sandy's...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 31 Oct 2012 12:27:00 -0400