Surviving typhoons will require smart building – and a cultural shift

Publication: NBC News   Date: November 11, 2013   View Article

As the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan becomes clear, a question lurks on the horizon: How can the world’s most vulnerable communities prepare for increased storminess on a warming planet? Answers range from using nature to weaken surging walls of water to building homes that can withstand buffeting winds. All will require a shift in priorities, experts say.

“The science is very clear about the trends in climate change, and one of the impacts is definitely more intense and potentially more frequent storms,” Imen Meliane, director of the international marine program at The Nature Conservancy in Washington, told NBC News. To prepare for this stormier world, the environmental group advocates increasing the natural protections of coastlines.

Environment Photos Weekly: Subs, Salmon, Storms, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 4, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of environmental issues and events in the news. Shots include a Russian sub headed for the depths of Lake Baikal, a fire in Antalya, Turkey, sockeye salmon swimming home in the Columbia River, Typhoon Fung Wong in China, and sunscreen sprayed walnuts.

11 killer storms around the world

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: May 15, 2008   View Article

Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar on Saturday with 120 mph winds and a tidal surge that smashed through coastal towns and cities. Tens of thousands of people have died, and diplomats fear that the death toll could exceed 100,000. Nargis already ranks among the deadliest storms to strike Asia in modern times. Learn about nine more of the deadliest storms since 1970, plus the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history.

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