FEMA Risk Assessment, Military Carbon Emissions, Hawaii Geology, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 10, 2021


FEMA: New FEMA Tool Provides Access to Hazus-Related Products. “FEMA has released an online searchable collection of risk assessment information for planners and emergency managers to improve mitigation strategies, strengthen planning exercises and expedite recovery. The Hazus Loss Library provides Hazus studies and results to support all phases of emergency management at the local, state and federal levels. Hazus is a loss estimation software that identifies places prone to floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis for every U.S. state and territory. Additionally, Hazus estimates the physical, economic and social impacts of disasters.”

Phys .org: Scientists call on world’s military forces to come clean on carbon emissions. “…in a new step to highlight the scale of the military emissions gap, the Conflict and Environment Observatory and Concrete Impacts have launched a new website bringing together the data that governments report on the emissions of their militaries into one place, allowing people around the world to explore what their governments do and do not report.”

USGS: Newly Revised “Geologic map of the State of Hawaii” publication available. “The USGS recently published a revised ‘Geologic Map of the State of Hawaii.’ This map—originally published in 2007—has been updated to include more recent geologic deposits, including lava flows from Kīlauea’s Pu‘u‘ō‘ō vent on the middle East Rift Zone from 2007–2018 and lava flows erupted during Kīlauea’s 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption….This map is available in print format and is accompanied by a USGS Data Release of geospatial datasets.”

Axios: First look: What your congressional district is Googling. “The big picture: In a first-of-its kind project we’re unveiling today, one year out from the 2022 midterm elections, Axios and Google Trends will be tracking which political issues voters are searching for in each congressional district over the course of the next year.”


Times Online (New Zealand): Innovative art show goes online. “Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Flat Bush is staging its 2021 Art Salon Exhibition. The show was first held in 2017 and aims to foster harmony through art in New Zealand. It’s held at the Guang Yuan Art Gallery and curated by Venerable Abbess Manshin. A major effort by the gallery staff and developing teams has seen the show’s website, which features more than 450 artworks by 91 local artists, being displayed to the public.”


New York Times: How Data Is Reshaping Real Estate. “The added layers of technology in stores and entertainment venues — crowd-tracking cameras, information gleaned from smartphones, tallies of neighborhood foot traffic and sophisticated demographic data — aim to replicate the data measurement and analysis of the online experience. But privacy advocates are sounding the alarm about the technology as Big Tech is under increased scrutiny.”


CNBC: Google loses antitrust battle with EU as court upholds 2017 order to pay $2.8 billion fine. “The ruling comes after the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said in 2017 that Google had favored its own comparison shopping services and fined the company 2.42 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for breaching antitrust rules. Alphabet-unit Google contested the claims using the EU’s second-highest court.”

Sky News: Supreme Court ruling may force Google to pay all iPhone UK users up to £750 in compensation for secret tracking. “Between 2011 and 2012, Google secretly collected data from people using the Safari browser on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, despite assuring them that it would be prevented from doing so by the browser’s default settings.” This came in as I was putting the afternoon issue together: the claim was rejected.


PsyPost: New study sheds light on how social anxiety influences Instagram behavior. “According to a recent study, people with social anxiety spend more time editing their photos, videos, and captions on Instagram compared to those without social anxiety. The findings suggest that this is because their self-worth is more strongly tied to recognition from other users on the platform (e.g., likes, follows, and comments). The study was published in Frontiers in Psychology.”

PubMed: Quality Evaluation of Consumer Health Information Websites Found on Google Using DISCERN, CRAAP, and HONcode. “Online health misinformation is a growing problem, and health information professionals and consumers would benefit from an evaluation of health websites for reliability and trustworthiness. Terms from the Google COVID-19 Search Trends dataset were searched on Google to determine the most frequently appearing consumer health information websites. The quality of the resulting top five websites was evaluated. The top five websites that appeared most frequently were WebMD, Mayo Clinic, Healthline, MedlinePlus, and Medical News Today, respectively.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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