Volume 84 Issue 40 | pp. 47-49
Issue Date: October 2, 2006

Measuring Natural Disasters' Punch

Scientists cite baseline environmental data as key to assessing hurricanes' impact
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Hurricane aftermath
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

In the wake of last year's gulf coast hurricanes, scientists from numerous governmental agencies and universities rushed to New Orleans to assess how the storms had affected the quality of the city's soils. Their efforts would have been uninformative, were it not for Howard Mielke.

Mielke has spent the past three decades mapping the metal content of inner-city soils, motivated in part by his daughter's being diagnosed with lead poisoning in the early 1980s. . . .

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