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With extreme weather events and other disasters on the rise, how well are Americans prepared?

By Drew Desilver – Powerful stormswildfiresheat waves and other extreme climate-related events are projected to become more common and affect more people. According to a recent Washington Post analysis, nearly a third of Americans live in a county that was struck by a weather disaster this past summer, and around two-thirds live in places that experienced a multiday heat wave. In an April Pew Research Center survey, half of Americans said their area had experienced extreme weather over the past year.

Human-caused climate change will make extreme weather events more frequent and more damaging in the coming decades, according to the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. While the nations of the world struggle to agree on how to address the root causes of climate change, there are various ways people can prepare to deal with the immediate effects on a household level.

This analysis examines the prevalence of four specific tools to endure extreme weather in the United States: flood insurance, air conditioning, portable generators and home insulation. (As we’ll see, some of these tools may have their own climate impacts.) more>

Updates from Pew Research Center

Online Video 2013
By Kristen Purcell – A national survey conducted in July 2013 shows the percent of American adult internet users who upload or post videos online has doubled in the past four years, from 14% in 2009 to 31% today.

  • Upload a video to the internet so others can watch or download it€”27% of adult internet users have done this
  • Post videos to any website online that they, themselves, have taken or created€”18% of adult internet users have done this

Younger adult internet users are twice as likely to post and share videos online than their older counterparts.

Fully 41% of 18-29 year-old internet users and 36% of 30-49 year-old internet users post or share videos online, compared with 18% of internet users age 50 and older.

Online adults living in higher income households (annual income of $75,000 or more) are also particularly likely to post or share videos online when compared with those in households with annual incomes below $50,000. more> http://tinyurl.com/l4xrpnk

Location-Based Services

(D. Hammonds/shutterstock.com)By Kathryn Zickuhr – Many people use their smartphones to navigate the world: 74% of adult smartphone owners ages 18 and older say they use their phone to get directions or other information based on their current location.

Taken together, these trends show the ascent of location awareness and the role it might play in the life of users—and the technology companies that are scrambling to provide more alert-style applications that tell people who and what is near them. more> http://tinyurl.com/lezlkk6


Web Privacy Worries Growing: Study

By Per Liljas – Whereas only 33% worried about the information available about them on the web in 2009, that concern now applies to half of the people surveyed.

Furthermore, 86% have tried to conceal their online activity by measures such as clearing cookies or using encryption. more> http://tinyurl.com/n7e9v7t

Home Broadband 2013

By Kathryn Zickuhr, Aaron Smith – Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The survey also found that 3% of American adults go online at home via dial-up connections.

“We’ve consistently found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, Research Associate for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and lead author of the report. “Many dial-up users cite cost and access as the main reasons they don’t have broadband, but for adults who don’t use the internet at all, a lack of interest is often the main issue.” more> http://tinyurl.com/ok7e26v