Hurricane Harvey Is Officially the Largest Rain Event in US History

Vieques Still Finding Its Footing After Hurricane Destruction

The island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, is an isolated place known both for its remote beaches and the decades during which the U.S. Navy used those beaches for bombing runs and training exercises.

Vieques has long been a hard place to stay for locals, but a good place for visitors. Now, nine months after Hurricane Maria, that dynamic is even more at play.

In the windy shade near the ferry terminal is a small square with a tower in the middle. It’s called Plaza Hijos Ausentes — the plaza for absent children. It’s a place to honor those who were born in Vieques, but who chose to leave. Or who had to…


Hurricane Harvey Is Officially the Largest Rain Event in US History

People walk down a street flooded by Harvey as they evacuate their homes in Houston. Photo: Getty

As Hurricane Harvey approached the Texas coast last August, it was clear the storm would be one for the ages. The forecast, unfortunately, did not disappoint with the storm stalling and then spinning a lazy circle around the Houston metro area for days. The result was catastrophic flooding in the city and surrounding area that caused an estimated $125 billion in damage.

A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report released on Monday puts a definitive stamp on that flooding and the rain that caused it. According to the report, there’s never been anything quite like Harvey.

“Harvey was the most significant rainfall event in United States history in scope and rainfall totals since rainfall records began during the 1880s,” the authors wrote…


Climate-related natural disasters threaten livelihoods of Mongolian nomadic herders

Global warming is increasing the risk of natural disasters, including droughts and the extreme wintry weather known as “dzud” in Mongolia, and is threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Mongolian nomadic herders, a United Nations (UN) official has said.

“There is a direct impact of the global warming on the frequency of drought and dzud,” Kundhavi Kadiresan, assistant director-general of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

“On the other hand, the rising frequency is highly related to human activity…


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