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Extinction Countdown

Cyclone pushes several mango species close to extinction

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At least three species of mango trees may have been wiped out by a cyclone that hit India last month. The Times of India reports the world’s last Batasha mango tree was uprooted by the cyclone known as Aila. Other mango varieties reported to be hard-hit include the Champa and already rare Kohitar. According to [...]

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1 Hurricane Is Enough to Ruin Your Year


GOWANUS—The surge of sewer water, toxic sludge and “Brooklyn whitefish” (aka condoms) stopped one short block away from my house back on the long night of October 29, 2012. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy coming ashore at high tide, my little brick rowhouse in this late industrial neighborhood of Brooklyn was only spared inundation by the [...]

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Hurricane Isaac Strengthens and Takes Aim at New Orleans


In an eerie coincidence, Hurricane Isaac has spun up to Category 1 strength over warm Gulf waters and is predicted to hit southeastern Louisiana—and possibly New Orleans directly—seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Crescent City. The tropical cyclone will likely be no stronger than a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale [...]

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Freshwater Layers in Seas Found to Speed Up Hurricanes


Earth’s most powerful storms—sometimes called hurricanes or typhoons but collectively known to scientists as tropical cyclones—remain dangerously unpredictable. And what’s most mysterious about tropical cyclones is what we would most like to know: how strong they are likely to become. I’m not talking about whether climate change is going to make hurricanes stronger or not [...]

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Typhoon … Yolanda?

Ok, quick question: What do you know about Typhoon Yolanda? Nothing, right? Guess what — it just went by. I’ll explain, but first: everyone is still working hard to help the people of the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan (here’s a collection of places through which you can help), as well we should. So if [...]

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