Category: Environmental Studies

Climate Change and Compounding Disaster Trauma for Vulnerable Communities: What Can We Do to Build Resilience?

Climate Change and Compounding Disaster Trauma for Vulnerable Communities: What Can We Do to Build Resilience?

—Matthew L. Spialek & Kevin M. Fitzpatrick
While the 2019 U.S. hurricane season may not have been as devastating as 2017, which produced three of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, this year’s floods have compounded the emotional, physical, and financial trauma in vulnerable communities all along the Texas Gulf Coast that are still haunted by Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey and a Market City’s response to disaster

Hurricane Harvey and a Market City’s response to disaster

—Michael Oluf Emerson and Kevin T. Smiley
Michael Emerson and Kevin Smiley reflect on Houston’s response to Hurricane Harvey and give a careful analysis of how Houston’s resilience to such a disaster was affected by it being a “Market City”.

America’s water whiplash

America’s water whiplash

—Jeremy Schmidt
The Oroville Dam cannot be abandoned as it stands. Yet it is not sufficient to merely patch the problems when water’s erosive force is set to undermine the foundations of both material and myth.

Ranger Revolution

Ranger Revolution

—Kerry Mitchell
The National Park Service and the fight against alternative facts.

To Better Respect Nature and Authority

To Better Respect Nature and Authority

—Kerry Mitchell
National parks provide nature in its full glory and reality, but they do so while providing a measure of security and comfort that visitors would not naturally encounter without the institution. Such a paradox is not a logical impossibility, but an operation and a strategy. And as much as that sounds like a game, the stakes can be as real as the ground under foot.

Who can best protect rainforests?

Who can best protect rainforests?

—Nora Haenn
Who can best protect rainforests? Not everyone can work directly in the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems, so who is best suited to do such work?