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Biggest superstorm of 2015 to strike Japan & Taiwan this week

This August 4, 2015 NASA satellite image shows Super Typhoon Soudelor in the Pacific Ocean. Super Typhoon Soudelor developed into the world's most powerful storm of the year Tuesday as it took aim at Japan, Taiwan and China after trashing the Northern Marianas. The storm was roaring across the western Pacific Ocean packing wind gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph) according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center which rated it a maximum category five.    AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA            == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / NO A LA CARTE SALES / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

This August 4, 2015 NASA satellite image shows Super Typhoon Soudelor in the Pacific Ocean. Super Typhoon Soudelor developed into the world’s most powerful storm of the year Tuesday as it took aim at Japan, Taiwan and China after trashing the Northern Marianas. The storm was roaring across the western Pacific Ocean packing wind gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph) according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center which rated it a maximum category five. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: “AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA “/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / NO A LA CARTE SALES / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

The most powerful storm of 2015 is on a collision course with Japan and Taiwan. With winds of over 350kmh, Typhoon Soudelor has already wreaked havoc on a group of tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is expected to make landfall sometime on Thursday. The tropical storm ripped through the Northern Marianas on Sunday, which are some 2,500km due east of the Philippines. However, it hasn’t taken any lives yet. Winds have been gusting up to 354kmh (220mph) according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, as cited by AFP and it is stronger than Cyclone Pam, so far the strongest storm of 2015, which claimed 15 lives in Vanuatu when it struck five…

 

Resilience in a Climate Challenged Planet – Oceania Regional Conservation Forum

This year, the Oceania Regional Office was honoured to host the Oceania Regional Conservation Forum in Suva. Andrew Bignell, IUCN Regional Councillor in Oceania, urged members “to raise the bar and to think big.” Speaking after the Oceania Regional Conservation Forum which was held from the 13th to the 15th of July 2015 in Suva, Fiji, IUCN Councillor Andrew Bignell said members needed to “do things better, and to do it well.” IUCN members, commission members and councillors in Oceania attended the three-day meeting, which addressed conservation challenges in the region, governance issues within IUCN and the World Conservation Congress to be held in Hawaii next year, 2016…

 

Should Lake Erie Be Seen as a Model for Resilience or a Toxic Algae Mess?

The shallow depths of the lake intensify its productivity. Each year, as the lake warms, it “turns over,” bringing all the nutrients that have settled to its bottom back into the water column, spurring blooms of algae that feast upon the juicy jazzed up waters. This is a natural process, with the sing-song name of eutrophication…

 

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