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Using the Lessons of Katrina to Rebuild Smarter After Disaster

Patricia Woskowiak will gladly tell you the worst thing that happened to her home after Hurricane Sandy hit Howard Beach, the waterfront neighborhood in Queens, New York, where she’s lived for nearly four decades. It wasn’t when the storm surge seeped into the home she shares with her husband, Joseph, damaging hardwood floors and creeping so far up the walls she had to start throwing things up the stairs. It wasn’t when salt from the floodwaters…

 

Hurricane Danny weakens to Category 2 storm

The first Atlantic hurricane of the year reached major status briefly on Friday before weakening to a Category 2 storm about 810 miles east of the eastern Caribbean islands, the National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters think Hurricane Danny will continue to weaken as it heads west, becoming a tropical storm before it nears the Leeward Islands…

 

July Was Earth’s Hottest Month Ever Recorded

Visitors crowd at the "Sea of Death" tourist resort in Daying County, China to escape the high temperatures on July 11, 2015. Amid hot weather in July, more than eight thousand visitors from every corner of China crowded to "Sea of Death" to enjoy the cool.

Visitors crowd at the “Sea of Death” tourist resort in Daying County, China to escape the high temperatures on July 11, 2015. Amid hot weather in July, more than eight thousand visitors from every corner of China crowded to “Sea of Death” to enjoy the cool.

Earlier this week, data from NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency showed July was the hottest July on record, globally. Thanks to a particularly strong El Niño, these sorts of monthly records have been coming fast and furiously lately, so that news like this almost seemed like nbd. But then, on Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed…

 

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