Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

When The levees broke (2006)


Willie Woods

Published on Jun 24, 2012

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts: An examination of the U.S. government’s role and its response to Hurricane Katrina

Link for Part 2

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Tell Secretary of State John Kerry: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

http://activism.thenation.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/

It’s still entirely unclear if the Keystone XL pipeline can be built and managed safely. Moreover, its construction would delay the critical conversion to a non-fossil fuel based economy on which our future depends. Secretary of State John Kerry, who once spoke out bravely against the Vietnam War and who has stressed the dangers of climate change, could stop it. Sometime in the next couple of months, the State Department will issue a final environmental impact statement on the pipeline, followed by a determination on whether it is “in the national interest.” Sign our open letter urging Secretary Kerry to consider his legacy and to find the courage to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Demonstrators march during a protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2013

http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/Forecasts/2013/apr2013/apr2013.pdf

Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2013

We anticipate that the 2013 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have enhanced activity compared with the 1981-2010 climatology. The tropical Atlantic has anomalously warmed over the past several months, and it appears that the chances of an El Niño event this summer and fall are unlikely. We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much or how little activity is predicted.
(as of 10 April 2013)

By Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray

This forecast as well as past forecasts and verifications are available via the World Wide Web at http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/Forecasts
Emily Wilmsen, Colorado State University Media Representative, (970-491-6432) is available to answer various questions about this forecast
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Email: amie

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Hurricane forecast: Above-average Atlantic season

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/04/10/2013-atlantic-hurricane-season-forecast-colorado-state/2067953/
Doyle Rice, USA TODAY2:51 p.m. EDT April 10, 2013

Colorado forecasting team predicts 18 tropical storms in 2013, of which nine will be hurricanes.

(Photo: AP)

Story Highlights

  • The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30
  • There is a 72 percent chance that a major hurricane will hit the USA
  • An El Nino — which can suppress hurricane activity — is unlikely to form

Top forecasters predict an above-average 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, with 18 tropical storms forecast, of which nine will be hurricanes.

This comes on the heels of a less-than-stellar forecast in 2012, when nearly twice as many storms formed as had been predicted.

A typical year, based on weather records that go back to 1950, has 12 tropical storms, of which seven are hurricanes. A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 mph; it becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph.

The forecast was released Wednesday morning by meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray at Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.

Gray’s team was the first organization to issue seasonal hurricane forecasts back in 1984; this is the team’s 30th seasonal hurricane forecast. (read more).

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Tropical storm, hurricane forecast for 2013: Look for an active season

http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/04/hurricane_forecast_for_2013_lo.html
By Debbie M. Lord | dlord@al.com
on April 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM, updated April 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

View full size Hurricane Isaac
Stock up on bottled water and plywood, it could be an active 2013 hurricane season if the meteorologists at Colorado State University are correct.

The first forecast of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season from CSU meteorologists Phillip Klotzbach and William Gray calls for “enhanced activity” this year, with a 47 percent chance that a major hurricane will make landfall between the Florida Panhandle and Brownsville, Texas.

The folks at the Tropical Meteorology Research Project at CSU are forecasting 18 named storms. They predict that nine of those storms will become hurricanes and that four of those nine will be major hurricanes – Category 3, 4, or 5 storms.

The forecast takes into account an unusually warm tropical Atlantic combined with only a slight chance of an El Niño — a temporary change in the climate of the Pacific Ocean that works to inhibit the formation of tropical systems in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

A press release from the center explains that while predicting storms is a science, it isn’t an exact one.

“Everyone should realize that it is impossible to precisely predict this season’s hurricane activity in early April. … Our new early April statistical forecast methodology shows strong evidence over 29 past years that significant improvement over climatology can be attained. We would never issue a seasonal hurricane forecast unless we had a statistical model developed over a long hindcast period which showed significant skill over climatology.” ….(read more).

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China’s Air Pollution Linked To Millions Of Early Deaths

http://www.wbur.org/npr/176017887/chinas-air-pollution-linked-to-millions-of-early-deaths
Rob Stein April 2, 2013

Men walk along a railway line in Beijing on Jan. 12, as air pollution reached hazardous levels. (AFP/Getty Images)

More than 1 million people are dying prematurely every year from air pollution in China, according to a new analysis.

“This is the highest toll in the world and it really reflects the very high levels of air pollution that exist in China today,” says Robert O’Keefe of the Health Effects Institute in Boston, who presented the findings in Beijing this week.

Alarm has been growing in recent years about the air in China. On many days in many cities, it’s thick with smog.

“When you get off the airplane, if you were to travel to Beijing, you would immediately feel your eyes stinging and your throat rasping,” says Barbara Finamore, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s China program based in Beijing.

It’s so bad that people commonly walk the streets wearing masks. Parents won’t let their kids play outside…..(read more).

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Thamestown: A little piece of England in China

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/thamestown-little-piece-england-china

European-style architecture abounds in Thamestown, a development on the outskirts of Shanghai. Thamestown is a replica of an old English town, complete with cobblestone streets, a Gothic cathedral, and statues of Winston Churchill, Princess Diana of Wales,

Rob Schmitz / Marketplace

Hong Fang owns one of the only businesses left in Thamestown, a cafe in the heart of what used to be a business district. Hong says she’s never made money from this business. Despite this, she enjoys living in Thamestown immensely. “I love waking up to the calls of birds,” she says. She says living here is a dream come true for her and her family.

China: The five-year plan

Kai Ryssdal: So here’s a telling story about China, I think. One night while we were in Shanghai, we took a cab out to the suburbs to meet 24-year-old Randy Tian.

Randy Tian: Hello, this is my home. Welcome to it.

He said home; you should think apartment — a small one, crowded with five people in it. But it’s his, and one can reasonably ask why a 24-year-old single guy needs to own his own place in one of the most expensive cities in the world. So we did.

Tian: The most important thing is that getting married, if you have your own apartment, this here in China is traditional.

If you don’t have your own apartment, he said, you can’t marry.

We double checked that cultural milepost with financial analyst Jay Weng. ….(read more).

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