A climate dilemma for China

By Christina Larson

The world leader in economic growth and carbon emissions faces competing forces

Excerpts from this story referencing "producer":

"… a is also the world’s largest importer of tropical woods and its largest producer of cement, feeding a breakneck pace of construction. Every year, 8.5 milli …"

Louisiana sinkhole shatters calm, prompts buyouts on the bayou

By Ronnie Greene

A massive sinkhole roils a Louisiana bayou community — forcing many to seek buyouts, part of a U.S. trend of communities fighting to leave.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hurricane Katrina":

"… m overcoming hardships. Kathryn’s mother and brother lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. One of their daughters has had breast cancer. Tim Brown underwent heart s …"

As FEMA funds run out, senators from states with most disasters oppose funding bill

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Some senators supported disaster aid before they voted against it

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"… nd-alone bill by a mostly party-line 61 to 38 vote.Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican and a member of his party’s leadership, told CNN that the Dem …"

"… ll, Alexander, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Jon Kyl of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Pat Roberts of Kansas did not return requests for comment.   …"

Post-Katrina FEMA still struggling

By Laurel Adams

FEMA’s lackluster response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was blamed in part on poor coordination of funding, confusion over job roles, and

Top 10 failures of the Bush administration

By Andrew Green

In a break with precedent, when asked at his final press conference to name his administration’s biggest mistake, President George W. Bush r

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hurricane Katrina":

"… ushing for immigration reform, and he mentioned the government response to Hurricane Katrina, though he stopped short of calling it a mistake.He recognized, additional …"

Hurricanes expose FEMA woes

By The Center for Public Integrity

FEMA's deterioration in relationships with local partners since Brown took over resulted in lack of coordination and unpreparedness

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hurricane Katrina":

"… the Principal Federal Official [Brown] filled this leadership role during Hurricane Katrina . . .” By September 2006, Brown had stepped down, but FEMA’s leadershi …"

We can’t afford another flood

By The Center for Public Integrity

The National Flood Insurance Program might not have enough insurance to cover another Katrina

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hurricane Katrina":

"… t to take the risk of insuring, including the New Orleans floodplain; when Hurricane Katrina hit, the damage was so great that it wiped out NFIP’s funds. The program …"

"… to flood victims using the insurance premiums it collects. But claims from Hurricane Katrina alone exceeded $16.3 billion. NFIP could not cover those losses on its own …"

Flood “protection” in New Orleans

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Army Corps of Engineers knew New Orleans' storm surge system couldn't handle major hurricanes but neglected to update it

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hurricane Katrina":

"… gates that surrounded New Orleans might not withstand a storm as strong as Hurricane Katrina. Despite this, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers neglected to update a syst …"

"… As John McQuaid reported in City Adrift, the Center’s investigation into Hurricane Katrina, federal and state panels traced, respectively, 70 percent and 88 percent …"

FEMA trailers filled with formaldehyde

By The Center for Public Integrity

Thousands of trailers purchased by FEMA for those displaced by Katrina emitted dangerous levels of formaldehyde

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"… unclear how well the new standards have worked. Some FEMA trailers used in Iowa following floods in 2008 also contain elevated levels of formaldehyde, acc …"

SBA emergency assistance failed for Katrina

By The Center for Public Integrity

Within four months of Hurricane Katrina, the Small Business Administration had a backlog of more than 204,000 requests for assistance

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"… administrator, Hector Barreto, announced his resignation. When the SBA’s inspector assessed the situation in May 2006, the SBA was taking about 74 days on av …"