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Taxpayer spending on disaster relief soars with global warming

In a typical year, taxpayer spending on the federal disaster relief fund is almost 10 times higher than it was three decades ago, even after adjusting for inflation, based on an analysis of federal data.

The Bold and The Beautiful actors urge help for Disaster Relief

Emmy winner Scott Clifton is one of many actors from CBS that has encouraged support and assistance for Disaster Relief.

New Yale study: Majority of Americans support a carbon tax

A Yale University study published on Thursday says 80 percent of Americans would support a carbon tax as a way to curb fossil fuel emissions, with revenue from a carbon tax being used for a variety of purposes.

Facebook's new disaster maps help recovery workers prioritise aid

Facebook has announced a project that will see it share user location data with aid agencies during times of disaster. By letting relief workers analyse social patterns on "disaster maps," it hopes to accelerate the delivery of aid to hard-hit areas.

Facebook now lets you give help to others during emergencies

Facebook has expanded its Safety Check crisis relief feature to let unaffected people contribute aid to the community. Safety Check can now be used to ask for and offer help, whether it's physical support or important resources that should be shared.

Technology is changing disaster relief and saving human lives

Disaster responses now revolve around technology. Driven by big data and the almost universal spread of smartphones, it's now apps like Facebook and Twitter that are most useful to both the aid workers helping disaster victims and those people themselves.

Typhoon Haiyan's death toll in Philippines could exceed 10,000

Tacloban - The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines, Nov. 7, is likely to escalate to five figures as officials in the Philippine island of Leyte, hardest hit by the monster storm, began assessing the damage.

Profile: 'Restore The Shore' locals step up Special

New Jersey residents battered by Hurricane Sandy find help from neighbors, government, and local non-profit groups such as a new non-profit start up "Restore The Shore."

Focusing on storm recovery instead of campaign could help Obama

Instead of hitting the campaign trail, US President Obama is focusing on recovery efforts. A recent tracking poll launched gives good news for Obama.

Romney's stance on FEMA questioned after Hurricane Sandy

While state and local governments and citizens begin the enormous task of assessing the damage left in Hurricane Sandy's wake, many are thankful the federal government and FEMA are there to help them with the process. Romney once questioned funding FEMA.

Japan insurance claims soar on volunteer cleanup related injuries

Tokyo - Japanese insurance companies, already overwhelmed with thousands of claims of death and property damage, are beginning to see even more claims from workers covered by 'volunteer activities insurance' for injuries sustained in disaster relief operations.

DIY disaster relief: iCare

After the many sickening failures of disaster relief and the interminable squeaking and squawking about relief agencies getting in each others’ way, and “where’s our food/shelter/water/security//medical assistance?” comes something useful.

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