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In the past few years numerous Web sites with information about climate change have appeared. Most of these Web sites are free and include historical information about specific causes, hazards, and disasters, realtime monitoring of climate change hotspots around the world, and educational material. The sites listed below have interesting information, statistics, and graphics about these hazards. This book may serve as a useful companion while surfing through the information on the Internet when encountering unfamiliar phrases, terms, or concepts that are not fully explained on the Web site. The following list of Web sites is recommended to help enrich the content of this book and make your exploration of climate change more enjoyable. From these Web sites you will also be able to link to a large variety of climate hazard-related sites. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided for these Web sites. However, due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, changes might occur, and any inconvenience is regretted.
Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA is the nation's premier agency that deals with emergency management and preparation and issues warnings and evacuation orders when disasters appear imminent.
FEMA maintains a Web site that is updated at least daily and includes information of hurricanes, floods, fires, and national flood insurance, and on disaster prevention, preparation, and emergency management. Divided into national and regional sites. Also contains information on costs of disasters, maps, and directions on how to do business with FEMA. Available online. URL: http://www.fema.gov. Accessed January 30, 2008.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The IPCC is open to all member countries of WMO and UNEP. Governments participate in plenary sessions of the IPCC where main decisions about the IPCC work program are taken and reports are accepted, adopted, and approved. They also participate in the review of IPCC Reports. The IPCC includes hundreds of scientists from all over the world who contribute to the work of the IPCC as authors, contributors, and reviewers. As a United Nations body, the IPCC work aims at the promotion of the United Nations human development goals. The IPCC was established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change. The IPCC does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate-related data or parameters. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open, and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical, and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they need to deal objectively with policy relevant to scientific, technical and socio-economic factors. They should be of high scientific and technical standards and aim to reflect a range of views, expertise, and wide geographical coverage. Available online. URL: http://www. ipcc.ch/index.htm. Accessed January 30, 2008.
National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). NASA's Web site on Natural Hazards: Earth scientists around the world use NASA satellite imagery to better understand the causes and effects of natural hazards including climate change. This site posts many public domain images to help people visualize where and when natural hazards occur and to help mitigate their effects. All images in this section are freely available to the public for re-use or re-publication. Available online. URL: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/. Accessed January 30, 2008.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Hazards Research. Web site about hazards, including climate change. NOAA conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space, and Sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service that touch lives of all Americans. NOAA's mission is to describe and predict changes in Earth's environment and conserve and wisely manage the nation's coastal and marine resources. NOAA's strategy consists of seven interrelated strategic goals for environmental assessment, prediction and stewardship. These include 1) advance short-term warnings and forecast services, 2) implement season to interannual climate forecasts, 3) assess and predict decadal to centennial change, 4) promote safe navigation, 5) build sustainable fisheries, 6) recover protected species, and 7) sustain healthy coastal ecosystems. NOAA runs a Web site that includes links to current satellite images of weather hazards, issues warnings of current coastal hazards and disasters, and has an extensive historical and educational service. Available online. URL: http://ngdc. noaa.gov/seg/hazard/tsu.html. Accessed January 30, 2008.
National Weather Service. The National Weather Service, FEMA, and the Red Cross maintain a Web site dedicated to describing how to prepare for severe weather, describing hazards of various types, and providing in depth descriptions of warnings and types of home emergency kits that families should keep in their homes. Available online. URL: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/ffbro.htm. Accessed January 30, 2008.
Natural Hazards Observer. This Web site is the online version of The Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center. It covers current disaster issues; new international, national, and local disaster management, mitigation, and education programs; hazards research; political and policy developments; new information sources and Web sites; upcoming conferences; and recent publications. Distributed to more than 15,000 subscribers in the United States and abroad via their Web site, the Observer focuses on news regarding human adaptation and response to natural hazards and other catastrophic events and provides a forum for concerned individuals to express opinions and generate new ideas through invited personal articles. Available online: URL: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/o/. Accessed January 30, 2008.
United States Geological Survey, Water Resources. The United States Geological Survey monitors weather and stream flow conditions nationwide and also monitors groundwater levels. Its Web site also contains information on water quality and water use and contains maps and charts of water use-related issues. The Web site has connections to other related Web sites. Available online. URL: http://water.usgs. gov/. Accessed January 30, 2008.
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Preparing for Armageddon, Natural Disasters, Nuclear Strikes, the Zombie Apocalypse, and Every Other Threat to Human Life on Earth. Most of us have thought about how we would handle various types of scenarios that could signal the end of the world. There are plenty of movies on the subject, psychological papers, and even survivalists that are part of reality TV shows. Perhaps you have had dreams about being one of the few left and what you would do in order to survive.