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Environment

Cyclone hits Australia

Our Geo Quiz comes straight out of the news this time: a massive cyclone is battering northeastern Australia. The storm is impacting a part of the state to the north of areas hit by massive flooding recently. What's the name of the Australian state?

Development & Education

Earthquake hits New Zealand

New Zealand's second biggest city, Christchurch, has suffered its second earthquake in the past five months. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Peter Mitchell of the National Civil Defence Centre, who's coordinating the response to the crisis.

Environment

Culture of disaster relief

Sociologist Joe Trainor of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware says it's important to consider societal and cultural norms to figure out how best to provide aid to those suffering from the effects of a catastrophe.

Environment

Mangrove destruction put Myanmar at risk

Jeffrey McNeely, chief scientist at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, discusses how the loss of mangroves, cleared for wood and to make way for shrimp farms and tourist development, led to major flooding and the loss of lives in Myanmar.

Environment

Earthquake recovery in Peru

The BBC's Dan Collyns reports from the Peruvian seaport of Pisco on efforts to rebuild -- 6 months after a devastating earthquake there; many residents were left homeless and are now having trouble getting government permission to rebuild.

Environment

Insurance report

The World's Jason Margolis reports that some insurance companies are starting to make global warming a factor in their policies, in some cases encouraging positive action to deal with climate change.