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Preparing for hurricanes: 3 essential reads

Natural disasters

Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend. Here are some helpful tips and resources to prepare and stay safe.

A woman stands near the corner of a house next to a flooded field.

In Idai’s wake, aid groups worry about ‘double tragedy’ of cholera

Climate Change

Commentary: Flubbing the Trend Forecast

Arts, Culture & Media

IKEA behind bars

Arts, Culture & Media

Weaving Climate Change Data into Art

Arts, Culture & Media
A man walks in the snow next to the Houses of Parliament in London on March 1. Brtain and much of the rest of Europe have been hit with a late winter blast linked to extreme warming in the Arctic.

Europe’s cold blast, Arctic’s heat wave are ‘two sides of the same coin’


While it’s been unusually cold and snowy in much of Europe, the Arctic has been seeing record warm temperatures and a huge loss of ice. Here’s how the two are linked, and what they might have to do with climate change.

The moon over Earth, as seen from the GOES-16 satellite

Satellites are destined to become space junk. But in the future, we may be able to retool them.


Most satellites are engineered to last a long time, but there’s no way to repair or refurbish them. They simply become obsolete. Government agencies and private companies are trying to change that.

Winter boots

What are the best snow boots to wear?


Winter has now hit North America and many of us are shopping for new winter boots. Researchers in Toronto came up with a rating system to test the slip resistance of 100 different types of winter boots, based on how they performed against icy conditions simulated in their state-of-the-art winter lab. You won’t be happy with what they found.

Men salvage metal sheets from a destroyed house after Hurricane Matthew ravaged Jeremie, Haiti.

Almost 1 million Haitians are in ‘urgent need of humanitarian assistance’ after Hurricane Matthew


Before it was downgraded on Sunday to a post-tropical cyclone, Matthew hit southern Haiti extremely hard on Tuesday, killing hundreds of people. The impoverished nation has begun three days of mourning.

Cost of Joplin, Missouri, tornado: $3 billion

The insured losses in Joplin, Missouri, after the recent disaster could reach between $1 billion and $3 billion.