Data specialist Justhy Deva Prasad encourages the better use of available data -- with appropriate action the data call for -- by governments in particular to protect citizens from dangerous threats to their health and safety. He further shows how the failure to properly use data in disaster prevention strategies yielded bad results from Fukushima, Superstorm Sandy, ongoing California wildfires, andOroville Dam. And public officials should be held accountable for their failures.
By Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris Now that the excitement has died down over the news that Earth’s surface temperature made 2017 one of the hottest years on record, it is time for sober second thoughts. Did the January 18 announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that 2017 was our planet’s third-hottest year since 1880, and NASA’s claim that it was the second hottest year, actually mean anything? Although the Los Angeles Times called 2017 “a top-three scorcher for planet Earth,” neither the NOAA nor the NASA records are significant. One would naturally expect the warmest years to come [...]