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Dexter Newcomb begins cleanup at his house in Scituate, Mass., the day after a winter storm left his neighborhood coated in frozen sea spray and sand. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Source: http://cdn.flipboard.com/content/thephotodesk/photosoftheweek/items/1422543297000.html

Dexter Newcomb begins cleanup at his house in Scituate, Mass., the day after a winter storm left his neighborhood coated in frozen sea spray and sand. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
Source: http://cdn.flipboard.com/content/thephotodesk/photosoftheweek/items/1422543297000.html

Big storms can make or break politicians

Why were preparations for “Winter Storm Juno” so intense? Politics, says Andrew Reeves, a political scientist who studies the politics of natural disasters. “The current snow storm is providing an unexpected challenge to mayors, governors, and other state and local officials throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England,” he says…

 

The secret history of snowstorms: How blizzards shaped the modern American city

New Englanders awoke this week in a world of snow, a periodically recurring landscape molded loosely around existing trees, buildings, cars and roads. Almost two centuries ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson observed the same thing. “Come see the north wind’s masonry,” he writes in his 1835 poem “The Snowstorm.”:..

 

Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made This Week’s Blizzard Worse

This week's snowstorm bore down on the eastern seaboard. (NOAA)

This week’s snowstorm bore down on the eastern seaboard. (NOAA)

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Manhattan may have gotten the wimpy end of this week’s Northeast snowstorm, but it chin-checked New England. Boston is buried in snow. Hurricane-force winds buffeted Nantucket. The storm surge may have permanently altered shorelines from New Haven, Connecticut, to Portland, Maine. Storms have always happened in winter, but the excessively violent ones? They’re getting more common, and that’s due to climate change…

 

University of Miami and Field Innovation Team Bring Gaming to Miami for Disaster Preparedness

Although Florida is known for its year round sunshine and glamorous beaches, the state is often hit by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, and climate change is a very real danger for the peninsula. With that in mind, the Field Innovation Team (FIT) is headed to the Sunshine State for the first time to lead the Miami DO Tank at the University of Miami. The unique event is scheduled for Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school’s Student Activities Center, where FIT will utilize its signature games for participants to discuss climate change and consider new approaches to disaster preparedness…

 

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