New budget boosts wildfire spending, no money for retrofits

U.S. 05/09/19, 17:44

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he wants to see Californians "harden" their homes to protect them from deadly wildfires, but he declined Thursday to endorse a proposed $1 billion fund to help homeowners pay for retrofits and did not include any funding for home hardening when he released his latest ...

Michael’s destruction reveals region’s weaker building codes

U.S. 10/15/18, 00:30

Unlike in South Florida, homes in the state's Panhandle did not have tighter building codes It was once argued that the trees would help save Florida's Panhandle from the fury of a hurricane, as the acres of forests in the region would provide a natural barrier to savage winds that ...

Florida Panhandle building codes lagged behind rest of state

U.S. 10/14/18, 11:39

It was once argued that the trees would help save Florida's Panhandle from the fury of a hurricane, as the acres of forests in the region would provide a natural barrier to savage winds that accompany the deadly storms.It's part of the reason that tighter building codes — mandatory in ...

Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake

America 09/18/18, 00:15

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Throughout Mexico City, uninhabited buildings with gaping cracks lean at precarious angles and some displaced people are still living outdoors a year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 more in nearby states.

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