Geo-Hazard Report

A weekly review of environmental hazards and disasters

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The Geo-Hazard Report will return in spring 2023.

Geo-Hazard Report
February 6, 2023

Last Week in Review


Western wildfires are destroying more homes per square mile burned, analysis finds

Extreme Weather

Drought threatens U.S. wheat production despite acreage bump

Ice storm leaves 400K without power in Texas and leads to 10 deaths in traffic accidents

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 emerges as a leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens

Valley fever spreads beyond U.S. southwest as fungal pathogen expands range
NBC News

Environmental Contamination

Nearly all Missouri coal plants release toxins into local groundwater, study finds
FOX-Kansas City

Reducing urban air pollution could lower cancer rates as much as eliminating smoking
Environmental Health News

Changing Climate

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees is no longer plausible, study shows
Science Daily

Climate change and population boom could dry up Great Salt Lake in 5 years
NPR News

Climate change may cut U.S. forest inventory by a fifth this century, study finds
NC State University News

Climate-related hazards in the U.S. (real-time data)
Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation

In-Depth Look at Environmental Hazards

The Threat of Ocean Acidification
The Economist (video)

7 States, 1 River, and an Agonizing Choice
A look at efforts to save the Colorado River
The Daily (audio)

The Tonga Eruption Reveals New Volcanic Dangers
Wired Science (audio)


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