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EDM Friday Briefing: North Korea Makes Nuclear Threat, NSA Warns of Attack on U.S. Power Grid

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 4, 2016: North Korea puts the world on edge with a nuclear threat, the NSA director expresses concern of an attack on the U.S. power grid, and the number of reported Zika virus cases in the U.S. continues to grow.

  1. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made yet another move to increase tensions on the Korean peninsula, this time by [link url=”http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-kim-idUSKCN0W52PP” title=”ordering his country to be ready to use nuclear weapons“] at any time. The leader made his thoughts be known through a report carried by the country’s official KCNA news agency. While North Korea has threatened nuclear war in the past, it is [link url=”http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-north-korea-readying-nuclear-weapons/” title=”unclear exactly how far along its nuclear program actually is“] at this time.
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  3. The director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Michael S. Rogers, said that [link url=”http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2500257,00.asp” title=”it is only a matter of when, not if,“] the U.S. will see a major attack on critical power infrastructure. In the wake of the massive and sophisticated cyber attack that [link url=”http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/01/us/politics/utilities-cautioned-about-potential-for-a-cyberattack-after-ukraines.html” title=”took down the power grid in Ukraine“] and left hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians in the dark, the U.S. needs to be on alert, Rogers said.
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  5. Syria reported a [link url=”http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35717532″ title=”massive power outage across the country“] yesterday. While intermittent power failures are fairly common in the war-torn country right now, [link url=”http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35717532″ title=”nationwide blackouts are still relatively rare.“] The reason for the major blackout is currently unknown, but [link url=”http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/03/03/syria-hit-nationwide-power-blackout-state-tv-says/81257946/” title=”maintenance teams worked to identify the cause“] and restore power as quickly as possible.
  6. The list of reported cases of Zika virus in the U.S. continues to grow. There are now [link url=”http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_29593082/four-zika-virus-cases-reported-bay-area” title=”four reported cases of Zika in the San Francisco area“], and the number of [link url=”http://www.kvue.com/news/local/with-18-total-confirmed-cases-texas-tackles-zika-virus/66340057″ title=”confirmed Zika cases in Texas has grown to 18.“] As of March 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported [link url=”http://www.cdc.gov/zika/” title=”at least 153 cases of Zika in the U.S. overall.“]
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  8. According to a recent study, the global sea level [link url=”https://amuedge.com/study-sea-level-is-rising-at-an-alarming-rate/” title=”rose more in the 20th century than in any of the previous 27 centuries.“] Researchers closely examined global sea level rise and any effects that climate change had on the rise, and discovered a [link url=”https://amuedge.com/study-sea-level-is-rising-at-an-alarming-rate/” title=”direct connection between global warming and the rise of the seas.“]
  9. [relink url=”https://amuedge.com/education/sunday-book-ted-talk-reviews-sea-level-rise/” url2=”https://amuedge.com/saturday-guest-blog-miami-area-sea-level-rise/”]

  10. Ted Gatsas, the Mayor of Manchester, NH, urged New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan to [link url=”http://www.wmur.com/politics/manchester-mayor-calls-for-state-of-emergency-declaration-over-heroin-crisis/38305088″ title=”declare a state of emergency“] to fight against the heroin epidemic the city is currently facing. There have reportedly been [link url=”http://www.wmur.com/politics/manchester-mayor-calls-for-state-of-emergency-declaration-over-heroin-crisis/38305088″ title=”119 overdose calls already in Manchester this year“], with victims ranging from age 15 to age 70.
  11. Earlier this week, Senate Republicans blocked an amendment that would [link url=”http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/271533-senate-gop-blocks-emergency-funding-for-opioid-epidemic” title=”add $600 million in emergency funding to an opioid abuse bill.“] Democrats are pushing for additional funds to help cities that are currently struggling with prescription drug and heroin addiction, but [link url=”http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/271533-senate-gop-blocks-emergency-funding-for-opioid-epidemic” title=”many Republicans are questioning the need for more funds“] at this time.
  12. A recent study linked the [link url=”https://amuedge.com/study-thawing-permafrost-could-worsen-global-warming/” title=”thawing of permafrost with further effects on global warming“]. Scientists studied tundra in Alaska to examine exactly what happens to the land when it thaws, and discovered that the thawing [link url=”https://amuedge.com/study-thawing-permafrost-could-worsen-global-warming/” title=”contributed greenhouse gases“] that, in turn, further compounded the effects of global warming.
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  14. A piece of debris [link url=”http://www.inquisitr.com/2846763/missing-mh370-debris-surface-near-madagascar-close-to-second-anniversary-of-disaster/” title=”that may be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370“] surfaced off the coast of Madagascar this week, almost two years after the mysterious disappearance of the aircraft. Authorities are working to examine the debris, but [link url=”http://www.inquisitr.com/2846763/missing-mh370-debris-surface-near-madagascar-close-to-second-anniversary-of-disaster/” title=”Malaysia Airlines has yet to comment“], pending investigation.

Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.

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