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Hurricane Florence wreaks toxic havoc in North Carolina; Plus: How to prepare for the next Big Earthquake

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0:08 – Hurricane Florence impacts: environmental health

We’re joined by Dr Sacoby Wilson, a professor of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, with a focus on health impacts and environmental justice research. Then, Naeema Muhammad, Organizing Co-Director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, discusses the ongoing environmental hazards including hog farm waste, garbage incineration, coal ash, and toxic pollution now unleashed by the hurricane. 

0:33 – Impacts: coal ash spills in North Carolina. Frank Holleman is senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, involved in litigation to insist coal companies comply with environmental standards and secure coal ash waste, avoiding spills in North Carolina waterways. Now, there are reports of several coal ash spills since the Hurricane, with unknown damages to the water and land ecosystems.

0:45 – Just transition in the wake of natural and man-made disasters: Jayeesha Dutta is an artist, activist and strategist for The STORYSHIFT Project at Working Films, and part of the Another Gulf is Possible Collaborative. She joins us from Puerto Rico to discuss “just transition” and grassroots organizing work going on across hurricane recovery efforts from Harvey, to Maria and now Florence.

1:08 How to prepare for the next Big Earthquake

“It’s not if, it’s when” – we hear from experts in geology, engineering and seismology fields about how to prepare for the next big earthquake in California.

  • Andrew Alden, science writer and founder of a weekly blog on the geology of Oakland. He previously worked as a technical editor for the US Geological Survey.
  • Jennifer Strauss, External Relations Officer at UC Berkeley Seismology Lab and Regional Coordinator for ShakeAlert Northern California. She is a co-author of the HayWired Earthquake Scenario.
  • Khalid Mosalam, Professor of Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley and Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.
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