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September 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Severe thunderstorms, often exhibiting destructive rainfall, hail and tornadoes, are one of the primary causes of catastrophic losses in the United States. In 2012, eleven weather disasters in the United States crossed the billion-dollar threshold in economic losses. Seven of those events were related to severe thunderstorms. New climate analyses indicate that global warming is likely to cause a robust increase in the conditions that produce these types of storms across much of the country over the next century.
More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130925-u-s-to-face-an-increa...

September 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Patrick Meier, formerly of Ushahidi, talk on the use of time-critical crowdsourcing to verify social media reports shared during disasters: http://irevolution.net/2013/07/21/tedx-crowdsourcing-verification/

September 23, 2013 | 0 comments

Water and wastewater managers are missing substantial opportunities to save energy and money, according to a new report.The report also identifies significant gaps in knowledge about the amount of water used to extract energy resources such as natural gas, oil, and coal, and to generate electricity.
More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130923-missed-opportunities-...

September 23, 2013 | 0 comments

”Malaria will be the first disease beaten by mobile.” That’s what Martin Edlund, the CEO of Malaria No More, told the buzzing crowd during his Social Good Summit talk earlier today. Edlund and his organization view the mobile phone as a game-changer in the fight against malaria, a disease that killed 660,000 people last year – primarily women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edlund explained that malaria “thrives on bad information” and lack of data. And mobile phones are helping connect the dots between all the other malaria-fighting tools. Bednets, diagnostic tests, cheap treatment, reliable drugs - key elements of eliminating malaria and reducing mortality and morbidity rates – are “turbocharged” through the use of mobile phones. By the end of 2015, there will be 1 billion mobile phones on the African continent. So, what does fighting a disease with technology look like? And how does it work? Edlund cited a few examples of how Malaria No More leverages mobile phones to beat the disease. More at: http://www.undispatch.com/malaria-will-be-the-first-disease-beaten-by-mo...

September 23, 2013 | 0 comments

Columbia, Maryland-based TCOM last week unveiled its newest aerostat platform, the 12M Tactical Aerostat. The system is designed to meet the needs of soldiers and first responders who require a compact, affordable, persistent surveillance solution which can be transported anywhere, rapidly deployed, and easily retrieved.
More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130923-compact-aerostat-offe...