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Volume 32, Issue 3

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Monday, 26 October 2015 05:00


Written by  Thomas Magee

Disasters seem all around us nowadays. Not a day goes by without some sort of disaster or terrorist attack occurring somewhere in the world filling the news. The New York Times on July 21, 2015, ran an article on a study from the Norwegian Refugee Council. The Refugee Council reported that natural disasters had forced more than 19 million people from their homes in 2014, mostly the result of typhoons, flooding, and other weather-related events. Vast swaths of America are on fire this year. There are currently about 95 large fires active across 10 states — but this year is no anomaly. The number of wildfires touching more than 50,000 acres has been increasing over the last 30 years, and the total acreage burned this decade is more than double the area burned in the 1990s. This year is on track to set a 30-year record for wildfires. Furthermore the