PARENTING 09/14/2018 05:35 pm ET Here are some age-appropriate ways to discuss these traumatic events. By Caroline Bologna From hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes, mudslides and even extreme blizzards and flooding, families around the world have faced the trauma of natural disasters. As Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas, parents living in and outside the storm’s path are facing questions about it from their children. HuffPost spoke to experts in child and adolescent psychiatry about the best ways to talk to kids about natural disasters. Here are 10 things to keep in mind when discussing natural disasters with children at different developmental stages. While the advice is geared toward families directly affected by a particular disaster, many of these guidelines can apply to children outside the disaster zone, as well as those who have faced disasters in the past and may be feeling triggered by the latest news. Remain Calm “Kids do best if … [Read more...] about How To Talk To Your Kids About Natural Disasters
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EVERYONE has been affected by the extremely hot weather in the UK this summer. Our parks, gardens and verges are scorched brown. Brooms Barn in Suffolk has gone for more than 50 days without any rain at all. Wildfires have devastated Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill, and fish have had to be moved by the Environment Agency from rivers as they dry up. There have been hosepipe bans in the North-west of England, while Scotland may have recorded its highest ever temperature of 33.2ºC in Motherwell. It’s not just the UK that is being affected. Japan has seen its highest ever temperatures, causing many deaths. Meanwhile devastating fires with tragic consequences have been raging in Greece and California. The heat will undoubtedly have contributed to some deaths in the UK too. Heat is a silent killer, and the old, frail and very young are the most vulnerable to it. We won’t know for several months how many heat-related deaths there have been this summer, but in the … [Read more...] about Heat is a silent killer and summer heatwaves may become the norm due to climate change
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 by: Isabelle Z. Tags: Air pollution, badhealth, badmedicine, badpollution, brain health, depression, environment, green living, green spaces, humans need nature, mental health, mind body science, natural cures, natural remedies, nature deficiency, suicide, trees (Natural News) Humans continue to pay the price for the destruction of the planet that gives us life in all sorts of ways, as evidenced by the millions of premature deaths caused every year around the world due to outdoor air pollution. However, we are also killing ourselves – quite literally – as a result of the growing absence of trees and green spaces around the planet. This is the finding of a new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health. The researchers looked at people’s outdoor natural environments in terms of the amount of green space that surrounds them in the form of parks, forests or grass. They also examined the blue space in their surroundings, such as visible … [Read more...] about Scientists warn environmental pollution has affected us mentally… people becoming depressed because of “nature deficiency”
This is the story of the oldest known spider in the world, and the people who knew her. The details are compiled largely from research conducted by Barbara Main and Leanda Mason, who knew her best over nearly half a century.* * *She was born beneath an acacia tree in one of the few patches of wilderness left in the southwest Australian wheat belt, in an underground burrow lined with her mother's perfect silk.Her mother had used the same silk, strong and thick, to seal the burrow's entrance against the withering heat of the summer of 1974, and against all the flying, prodding things that prowled the North Bungulla Reserve.She lived like that, in safety and darkness, for the first six months of her life. Then one day in the rainy autumn months her mother unsealed the tunnel and she left.It's likely that two or three dozen spiderlings left the burrow with her, and that nearly all of them soon died.The 250-acre North Bungulla Reserve was surrounded completely by farmland, roads, abutting … [Read more...] about The extraordinary life and death of the world’s oldest known spider
We Are All Going To Need Some Weather Therapy The reason I bring this up: our tortured April has the entire state in need of emergency therapy. Looking at the weather maps I don't know whether to laugh or weep. Winds will gust over 40 mph, creating blizzard conditions south/west of the metro area Saturday. Never tell a Minnesotan not to travel, but personally, I'd have a Plan B for Saturday. 40s return next week; a sun angle similar to late August melts most of the snow by midweek. I'm sorry. Follow the Trends. Yesterday afternoon the local NWS office was going with 7" in the Twin Cities. They have progressively increased this over time as models appear to come into rough alignment with the axis of heaviest snow. Spaghetti Plot. Earlier model runs were clustering in the 6-10" range for the Twin Cities. 00z runs from Thursday evening were showing considerably higher amounts; well over a foot for MSP. Source: Iowa State. Ice Storm Potential. The best chance of sleet and glaze ice will … [Read more...] about Friday the 13th coincidence: Up to a foot of snow in mid-April?