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December 28, 2007

Amateur Radio For Emergency Communications
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When disaster strikes and all other means of communication fail, whats the last resort for emergency workers and relief organizations? Surprisingly, its been around for decades. Then - is the planet undergoing climatic change, and if so, what does that mean for our future? Well hear from a weather expert who has some surprising facts. And if America was suddenly hit by a plague or biological attack, are public agencies ready to respond? A new study has that answer.
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Amateur Radio Assisting In a Disaster
Allen Pitts, Media and Public Relations Manager from the American Radio Relay League explains what amateur radio is and the role it plays in emergency communications during a disaster. Ham radio volunteers often assist relief organizations and other authorities by providing communications. He also explained how one can become an amateur radio operator.
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Dealing with Climate Change
Changes in global climate are occurring at a rate much faster than had previously been estimated by scientists. Weather expert John Cox, author of Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future discusses these changes and their potential effects on humanity as well as the rest of the natural living world.
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A Test on Bioterrorism Response
David Dausey, researcher and lead author of a RAND Corp. report on public health, shares the results of his study that found that many of the nation's public health agencies are dangerously slow to respond to reports of bioterrorism, such as botulism, anthrax, smallpox and bubonic plague.
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