The Deadliest Tropical Cyclone on Record Killed 300,000 People

NASA Research Shows Humans Have Been Influencing Drought For Over a Century

“Drought is a surprisingly tricky topic to understand.” Photo: AP

Climate change used to be thought of as a future problem. Now people are finally starting to view it as a present problem, but new research looking at drought shows it’s been stalking humanity for much longer.

The findings, published in Nature on Wednesday, use tree rings and climate models to take a global look at drought back to 1400 and compare it to what’s happened in the past 120 or so years. The results show that a clear human influence on global drought is apparent as early as 1900 and the influence is likely to become even more clear in the coming decades if carbon emissions keep rising…


The Deadliest Tropical Cyclone on Record Killed 300,000 People

As Tropical Cyclone Fani moves into northeastern India and Bangladesh this week, it’s a reminder of the tragic history of tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal, including one that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

On Nov. 11, 1970, the Great Bhola Cyclone moved into East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh, and produced devastating storm-surge flooding. The maximum storm surge was estimated at nearly 35 feet high, roaring over the flat, low-lying region and producing massive destruction.  Warnings were issued by Pakistan’s meteorological service, but not many people sought shelter and others lacked a nearby shelter or had no way of reaching one, according to NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division.

The combination of storm surge and a lack of evacuation resulted in a massive death toll, estimated to be 300,000 to 500,000 people. This makes it the deadliest known tropical cyclone in history. Over 45 percent of the population of 167,000 in the city of Tazumuddin was killed, according to the University of Rhode Island…


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