Monday marked the six month anniversary of when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. The aftermath of the storm left 147 people dead and nearly 161,000 families displaced in the New York/New Jersey area. To this day, there is rubble that remains untouched and many have found the recovery process longer than expected, but now reports have raised concern over mold growing in some of these residences that were in the path of Sandy. Also FEMA's new flood mapping system is causing problems for some residents. Greg Horwitch, organizer for Occupy Sandy, gives us his take on the progression of recovery.
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Six months ago Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and killed 147 people; some 161,000 families were displaced from their homes in New York and New Jersey. Billions upon billions of dollars in damage was caused and there have been some improvements in relief efforts. However, 39,000 people are still displaced in the region and some debris is still left untouched causing problems for the residents. FEMA's new flood mapping system is causing problems for some residents. Emmaia Gelman, Policy Coordinator at Alliance for a Just Rebuilding, joins us to look at recovery efforts from the ground.
When the NYPD raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in 2011, they seized much property that was ultimately destroyed. This is in violation to legal codes and procedures for proper seizure of property by law enforcement. Occupy Wall Street sued the city for over $200,000 and won. The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) explores the story.
In this episode of earthrise: how eco-tourism helps safeguard the whale shark; a low-energy building material made from hemp; raising awareness of Lebanon's trash mountain.
The phone hacking scandal that started in 2011 is still making headlines across Britain in 2013.
On Wednesday, police arrested a further six News of the World journalists in connection to phone hacking. The police say the six who were arrested had been suspected of a conspiracy to intercept voice mail messages, alleged to have taken place during 2005 and 2006.
The list of arrests is on the rise as the police continue to hunt down journalists suspected of criminal activity in the past.