Disasters: Relief & Updates

 

Find information here on recent environmental disasters and crises, with links to credible organizations that are coordinating any on-going relief and rescue efforts. Please submit corrections, updates, and on-the-ground reports to: teke@thecontributor.com 

 

Christie's Disaster Fund Looks like a Disaster

In the wake of instantly launching on November 3 the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF), Governor Christie and his wife, who serves as Chair of the fund, appear to be on shaky legal ground and to have created a foundation which is not advisable, which is rife with potential conflicts of interest, and which need not provide much transparency.
Legal Status
The legal status of this organization remains in question regarding both State and Federal law.
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NY’s Ongoing Blackout: Hospitals in Lower Manhattan

Long after power is restored from Sandy, the effect of another more-precarious outage is still taking shape: Some of the largest hospitals in lower Manhattan remain shuttered. Other hospitals are scrambling to fill the gap, and concern is rising that the patchwork system can't last for long.
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Climate Refugees in America

This is a chilling video of a voicemail from a Hurricane Sandy victim in the Long Island neighbourhood of Rockaway Peninsula. With scientists telling us that climate change is raising sea levels, storm surges and the intensity of hurricanes there is only one way to describe these folks: they are among the first North American climate refugees.
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Guest Author NJ Senator Loretta Weinburg: The Week of Sandy Finally Ends

The week of Sandy! It's been exhausting, horrendous, and astonishing in some ways.
President Barack Obama has shown us all what a great leader does in times of crisis. He has a terrific FEMA agency, and they were on the ground before the storm hit with supplies and equipment. They have been a source of tremendous help with everything from blankets to generators.
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Bloomberg Businessweek Gets It Right: Not 'Climate Change' it is 'Global Warming'

Bloomberg Businessweek Gets It Right: Not 'Climate Change' it is 'Global Warming'
Those crazy, radical hippies at Bloomberg Businessweek have gone and done it. With the blunt, no-nonsense cover that likely already appeared on your Facebook feed or Twitter stream or Tumblr dashboard, Businessweek dared state with certainty what so many media outlets have nervously danced around in their coverage of Superstorm Sandy:
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The Contributor With Eliot Spitzer on Sandy's Political Aftermath

The Contributor's Editor-In-Chief Tina Dupuy was back on with Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer to talk about a city they both love, New York. They were also joined by Republican Strategist and Communications Aide to the McCain-Palin Campaign, Boris Epshteyn.
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