Are Mexican migrant workers in the USA “superheroes”?

One project has attempted to change the way Americans look at their large Mexican migrant workforce. Often working in difficult conditions, in less popular and often poorly paid roles, they also send large amounts of money (known as remittances)back to their home countries. You can see the superheroes of New York here:

http://www.dulcepinzon.com/en_projects_superhero.htm

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How does the Central Arizona Project provide water for desert cities?

Cities such a Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona, USA, would not be able to survive without bringing water in from elsewhere. The Central Arizona Project (CAP) is how they do it. What issues does this raise for the future of water management in dry areas?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Arizona_Project_Aqueduct

http://www.cap-az.com/

How will the USA cope with reduced water supplies from the Colorado river?

The Colorado is one of the world’s most important rivers, providing water for much of the southwestern USA, but it is predicted that it will not be able to meet growing demands in the future, so can it be managed sustainably to meet those needs?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7829850.stm

Where can I find out about the Californian Desert?

The Californina Desert is one of the most managed deserts in the world. You can find  out about it here:

http://www.californiadesert.gov/

How does FEMA protect the USA from natural hazards?

The Federeal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a government agency of the USA, which has been set up to manage all sorts of emergencies in the USA, including natural hazards. They were criticised for their slow response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005:

http://www.fema.gov/

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FEMA

How are avalance hazards in Alaska managed?

Alaska, USA, is prone to avalanches due to it’s latitude, climate and terrain. Whilst the threat posed by avalanches cannot be eliminated, the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Centre (SAAC) aims to inform and educate local people about the threats and how they can protect themselves:

http://www.avalanche.org/~seaac/Pages1/AboutUsSAAC05_06.html

This includes preparing hazard maps of the Juneau area:

http://www.avalanche.org/~seaac/Pages4/JuneauUrbanMapsSAAC04_05.html

What happened at Mount St Helens?

Mount St Helens erupted in 1980, but is still well studied due to the scale of the eruption.

 This is how the event was reported:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/19/newsid_2511000/2511133.stm

There is now a “National Volcanic Monument”, similar to a national park around the volcano:

http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/ 

Check out the Mount St Helens webcam here:

http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/

There is in depth information about the volcano here:

http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/MSH/

and here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_St._Helens

Twenty-five years after the eruption, survivors gathered to remember the event:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_4560000/newsid_4562400/4562463.stm?bw=bb&mp=wm&news=1&nol_storyid=4562463&bbcws=1

The Mount St Helens song can be found here:

This film shows what has happened at Mount St Helens since the 1980 erution:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I07WBMUH7Ns

To mark the 30th anniversary of the eruption, in 2010, NASA released images showing what had happened during the eruption:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=43999&src=eoa-iotd

and how the area around the volcano had changed in the 30 years following the eruption:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/sthelens.php?src=eoa-features