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Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

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An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Dominica on Tuesday, the day before it struck Puerto Rico. Credit: NOAA

This hurricane season has broken multiple records already

September 22, 2017 — On top of powerful winds and flooding, there was darkness. It came when the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power after Hurricane Maria’s onslaught Wednesday. The category 4 storm’s winds ripped through Puerto Rico starting around 7 a.m. Eastern time that Continue reading Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

It takes just 4 years to detect human warming of the oceans

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Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Our new paper illustrates the rapid, consistent warming of Earth’s oceans

September 21, 2017 — We’ve known for decades that the Earth is warming, but a key question is, how fast? Another key question is whether the warming is primarily caused by human activities. If we Continue reading It takes just 4 years to detect human warming of the oceans

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane

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BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says

GUADELOUPE, France (Sept. 19, 2017) — Hurricane Maria strengthened into a “potentially catastrophic” Category Five storm as it barreled into eastern Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma, forcing residents to evacuate in powerful winds and lashing rain. Continue reading Category-5 Maria makes landfall in ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane

Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

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Although Antigua and Barbuda was pummelled by Irma, as it recently exceeded the DAC country income threshold, it may be deemed ineligible for official development assistance.’ Photograph: Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Maria has wrought terrible destruction in the Caribbean, yet OECD guidelines say that the islands are ineligible for assistance

September 19, 2017 — In a manner reminiscent of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, dark clouds of despair and destruction hover yet again over the Caribbean with the passage of Hurricane Maria. Continue reading Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma’s path

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Caribbean Islands. NOAA

Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma’s destructive passage

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 18, 2017) — Maria was forecast Sunday, September 17, to surge to major hurricane strength as it nears the storm-battered eastern Caribbean with 85 mile (140 kilometer) per hour winds, the US National Hurricane Center said, on a path similar to that of mega storm Irma earlier in the month. Continue reading Hurricane Maria grows on Irma’s path

Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

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Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas 31 August 2017. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast

September 11, 2017 — For the sake of keeping things manageable, let’s confine the discussion to a single continent and a single week: North America over the last seven days. Continue reading Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

Storm surges and record winds: Hurricane Irma’s destruction mapped

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Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction. theguardian.com

The powerful storm finally reached Florida on Sunday, moving up the peninsula’s west coast, where the cities of Naples and Tampa bore the brunt

September 11, 2017 — Florida is today dealing with storm surges and swollen rivers whilst surveying the damage caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the north Atlantic. Continue reading Storm surges and record winds: Hurricane Irma’s destruction mapped