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Olmsted’s masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before.

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An article by Zach Beauchamp in ThinkProgress explores the effect of income inequality on disaster impacts.

Inequality was, the researchers found, the single most important predictor of vulnerability to storm damage — variation in the wealth of individual counties alone explained 12.4 percent of the differences in the impact of natural disasters between counties.

And from Kathleen Tierney at the University of Colorado:

The lack of affordable housing in U.S. metropolitan areas forces the poor to live in substandard housing that is often located in physically vulnerable areas and also to live in overcrowded housing conditions. Manufactured housing may be the only viable housing option for people with limited resources, but mobile homes can become death traps during hurricanes and tornadoesdisaster evacuation scenarios are also based on other assumptions, such as the idea that in addition to having their own transportation, households also have the financial resources to leave endangered communities when ordered to do so. This is definitely not true for the poor.

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Hurricane Sandy dealt a major blow to the New York City metro area. The website, Manhattan Past, notes the historic landscape pattern inherent in the city’s modern day evacuation routes. Landscape memory, recording the history of the landfill that created the Manhattan of today. Yesterday’s newfound real estate, today’s and tomorrow’s flood inundation zone, thanks to climate change.

Another key map comes from the Angela Fritz’s WunderBlog on the Weather Underground site. Record warm Atlantic waters fueled Sandy.

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Isaac Yuen, creator of the blog Ekostories, elaborates on the connections between Hayao Miyazaki’s beautiful animated film, My Neighbor Totoro, and children’s need for nature. Yuen’s Children and Nature: My Neighbor Totoro should appeal to a lot of the folks I know at SUNY-ESF!

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The title, Earth, Still Awesome, comes from Paul Werdel of the political news site, Talking Points Memo. He is referring to a new NASA time lapse video sequence taken from the International Space Station. You can read the TPM synopsis here.

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Except when it’s perched off the corner of a 7th story building! The Los Angeles Times reports on Do Ho Suh’s permanent installation, Fallen Star, which can be found on the campus of UC San Diego.

Image credit: Philipp Scholz Rittermann / June 16, 2012

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Comprehensive set of blogs and websites, found here.

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