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How to help survivors of Cyclone Idai

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Tropical Cyclone Idai struck the African countries of Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique a week ago, but humanitarian workers are only now grasping the scale of the storm’s destruction. 

Hundreds are dead, and experts believe that number will rise sharply in the coming days. The storm brought catastrophic flooding that submerged entire villages and towns. The United Nations estimated that 2.6 million people were affected by the tragedy. 

“If these reports, these fears, are realized, then we can say that this is one of the worst weather-related disasters — tropical cyclone-related disasters — in the Southern Hemisphere,” Clare Nullis, a spokeswoman for the World Meteorological Organization, said this week, according to the New York Times. Read more…

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Drivers capture avalanche tearing down side of Colorado mountain

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Drivers going down a Colorado highway had quite the close call, after an avalanche ripped down the side of a mountain in front of them.

On Sunday afternoon, said avalanche moved down through Ten Mile Canyon, located between Frisco and Copper Mountain.

There were several videos of the incident posted online, capturing the snow piling down toward the road.

Caught on camera: @KDVR viewer captured this video of an #avalanche near I-70 today in Ten Mile Canyon between Frisco and Copper Mountain. #CoWX #KDVR pic.twitter.com/eL6uIwB4c3

— Jeremy Hubbard (@JeremyHubbard) March 3, 2019 Read more…

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Climate change kills off clouds over the ocean in new simulation

We all know climate change is affecting weather systems and ecosystems around the world, but exactly how and in what way is still a topic of intense study. New simulations made possible by higher-powered computers suggest that cloud cover over oceans may die off altogether once a certain level of CO2 has been reached, accelerating warming and contributing to a vicious cycle.

El Niño has arrived. What does that mean for weather in 2019?

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El Niño has arrived in 2019. So far, it’s pretty weak. That doesn’t mean it will stay that way. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday that this natural climate phenomenon — which is triggered by warmer temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can significantly affect weather in the U.S. — will likely persist through the spring. But what happens next is still unclear.

“We don’t have a good handle on where this goes the rest of the year,” Mike Halpert, the deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said in an interview. “It becomes kind of a tossup after spring.” Read more…

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The art of the wilderness: Spectacular nature photos of 2018

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Earth is teeming with otherworldly creatures. But they often live in distant lands, far from our cities, roads, and homes.

Photographers and scientists, traveling to rugged, windswept islands and into the dense rainforest, make this life visible — sometimes by using motion-detecting cameras.

The British Ecological Society released the top images of its 2018 photography competition, entitled “Capturing Ecology.” One of the overall winners, bat researcher Adrià López Baucells, employed a motion sensing camera with synchronized flashes to photograph an airborne Amazonian bat sneaking up on a frog in the dark of night. Read more…

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The air quality in India is horrendously bad right now. Here’s why.

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Apocalyptically horrendous air has descended upon India’s sprawling capital territory, Delhi. 

According to November 4 measurements taken by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 534. For perspective, the scale only goes up to 500, wherein levels are described as “Hazardous.”

“534 is higher than your highest value — which is insane,” Anthony Wexler, the director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, said in an interview.

But, come early November, terrible air quality becomes the norm in northern India. This time of year, farmers burn off bounties of crop waste to clear fields.  Read more…

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