Chemistry of 'Wine Legs' Inspires Surface-Skimming Minibots
The connection between the natural environment and the human environment was made known to the world on December 26, 2004. It will hopefully continue to be portrayed in the media for months to come. There is an irony that is very apparent in the story of the tsunami. The natural environment is what caused this disaster and stole the lives of many people. Since the "dust has settled," people are now turning to the environment for food, shelter, and income in the same ways they did before. Preserving coastal forests and wetlands are being emphasized to provide buffers to future tsunamis. Fisherman whose boats were not destroyed, are once again heading to the oceans, and tourists are once again pondering the idea of a vacation in Sri Lanka. It is ironic that the dealer of such a horrific event is now the giver of life once again on the island of Sri Lanka.
These migrants were vulnerable even before the disaster, enduring poor living and working conditions. As Thailand and Myanmar have no agreements regulating the recruitment of labor migrants, migrants are vulnerable to exploitation and have to rely on private "brokers" to find jobs. They enter the Thai labor market at its lowest levels.
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