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Tornado danger: Is your home at greater risk?

August 30th, 2013

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have found that tornadoes tend toward higher elevations and cause greater damage moving uphill.

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‘Nature Sacred’ awards will help restore Joplin and Queens and study the power of nature in disaster-torn areas

June 21st, 2013

Can green spaces confer real healing effects? Can they help people feel more resilient and less stressed? These are the questions posed by a program that will be looking for the answers in weather-battered Joplin and Queens, among other places.

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Expensive weather events triggered by climate change underscore the risk of expanding tar sands oil extraction

March 14th, 2012

ore Americans than ever believe that climate change is responsible for the strange weather they see around them. A recent poll shows that over 60% of the American public believes that climate change is real and that they are basing this belief on their observation that winters and summers are warmer and that there seem to be more extreme weather events, like droughts and tornadoes. The spate of tornadoes across the Midwest and southern U.S. in early March reminds us of the terrible human and economic toll these disasters can have.

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The top environmental story of 2011 — and probably 2012 too

December 30th, 2011

If you’re wondering what to worry about in the coming year, look no further than the eco-landscape.
Climate change, species extinctions, ocean acidification, forestry losses, soil erosion and air pollution. We humans, now 7 billion strong, are pushing the planet hard, creating a brew of intractable environmental issues that threaten our way of life, and ultimately our survival.
Grim? It doesn’t get much more so.
There were bright moments in 2011. A sampling:

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Weird weather events connected? Nah

June 25th, 2011

If the increasing number of record weather events has been giving you a deeper sense of foreboding than even the prospect of Congress continuing to pass legislation, there’s a video you must see.
This piece by Plomomedia accompanied a Bill McKibben op-ed at the end of May. But it remains as relevant as ever, given the continuing extreme weather — at the time Texas was aflame and the Mississippi River was inundating the South; now Arizona’s burning and North Dakota’s Souris River is flooding.

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Apprehension, not celebration, greets this World Environment Day

June 5th, 2010

Aurora, Colo., tornado (Photo: Brittany McKown)It’s World Environment Day, and all I can think about is how the Gulf oil disaster has been book-ended by two environmental commemorations. The BP oil well blew out two days before Earth Day in April, though it was barely covered in the news until a few days later when people realized that oil was leaking into the ocean unabated. (In the back of our minds, we tend to assume that someone has a plan for these contingencies. Surprise! No plan.)

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Greensburg Contemplates Its Green Future

February 6th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler

As communities in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Arkansas sift through damage from deadly tornadoes that tore through last night, another town is quietly commemorating its reconstruction after a belly-punch from Mother Nature last year.greensburg-incubator.jpg

On May 4, 2007, 95 percent of the homes and businesses in Greenburg, Kan., were virtually wiped away by a massive, slow-moving EF5 tornado that scraped a 2-mile-wide path. The result left the already economically depressed town wondering if it would have a future.

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