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What links Portugal’s deadliest wildfire to Grenfell Tower?

Conversation Media Group, the

The tragedies in Portugal and the UK share parallels. Both fires spread quickly and burned with an intensity beyond what firefighters were able to stop. Both caught residents unprepared, with their escape routes cut off, and both left a death toll far beyond what might have been expected for either of the fires in highly-developed countries.

  • Manila hopes greener shorelines will yield cleaner water and less flooding

    Citiscope

    Laguna de Bay, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, is the centerpiece of a flood and sewage crisis in Metro Manila. Authorities are now conysidering soft-path solutions principally aimed at better managing stormwater and cleaning up the capital region’s filthy waterways.

  • The fight to save thousands of lives with sea-floor sensors

    NPG

    Geophysicists are ramping up their efforts to monitor major undersea faults for movement, and search for signs of the next catastrophic quake. Inventor Jerry Paros wants his ultra-precise quartz sensors to be used as an early-warning system to detect when an earthquake shifts the sea floor, unleashing a tsunami.

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