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Tropical Storm Grace Batters Haiti In Aftermath of Devastating Earthquake

Tropical Storm Grace Batters Haiti In Aftermath of Devastating Earthquake

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Following a devastating earthquake and a battering by Tropical Storm Grace, Haiti’s death and injury toll has risen to nearly 10,000. After riding out the storm in buildings spared by the 7.2 magnitude quake, residents and rescue teams must now resume the search for missing people in the rubble of not only the earthquake […]

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As Volcanoes Erupt Worldwide, Scientists Say Climate is Changing Expectations

As Volcanoes Erupt Worldwide, Scientists Say Climate is Changing Expectations

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   Thirty years ago, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, creating a layer of global haze 30 kilometers above the earth’s surface. The result: global temperatures cooled by as much as 0.5 degrees Celsius. Now, five volcanos are erupting worldwide, but experts say they’ll play into a feedback loop caused by climate […]

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NASA Data Helps Hurricane Recovery

NASA Data Helps Hurricane Recovery

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last November, Hurricanes Eta and Iota drenched South America just two weeks apart. Iota made landfall in Nicaragua within 20 miles of where Eta came ashore with destructive winds, and heavy rain flooded schools, harmed mangrove forests, and set off landslides. In the aftermath of both storms, NASA’s Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central […]

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Tropical Storm Fred Becomes Sixth Named Storm of 2021

Tropical Storm Fred Becomes Sixth Named Storm of 2021

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has formally named a low-pressure system that’s passing over the Caribbean: Tropical Storm Fred (downgraded to a tropical depression last night). This marks the sixth Atlantic storm of 2021, after Tropical Storm Elsa in July became the earliest fifth named storm on record. Why This Matters: This season is not […]

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Dixie Fire Levels California Town, Threatens More

Dixie Fire Levels California Town, Threatens More

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Dixie fire, the largest wildfire currently raging across the West, has leveled another entire town in California. Greenville, California, a town of about 1,000 residents, was reduced to rubble last Thursday following a rapid evacuation. The fire destroyed over 100 homes and has left residents adrift as they wonder what’s […]

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The Mediterranean, A Wildfire Hotspot

The Mediterranean, A Wildfire Hotspot

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Fueled by drought and scorching temperatures, the Mediterranean area is now regarded as a “wildfire hotspot,” according to European Union scientists. Turkey is experiencing its most intense fires on record, where 11 fires in six provinces still are burning out of control. Yesterday, one fire spread into a coal-fired […]

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