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Friday, May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

What happened this week?

A Tornado’s Mad Dash, and Then Ruins
GRANBURY, Tex. — “There used to be a house there.” Wayne McKethan, Granbury’s city manager, pointed at a bare slab surrounded by debris, all that was left Thursday after a tornado tore through the Rancho Brazos subdivision.... Read more

South American corn bolsters drought-ravaged U.S. stocks
A record 2 million tonnes of South American corn is being sent to the United States this season to compensate for last year's weak harvest, industry sources based in Buenos Aires have told Reuters.... Read more

Interesting Facts

Climate change 'will make hundreds of millions homeless'
Carbon dioxide levels indicate rise in temperatures that could lead agriculture to fail on entire continentsIt is increasingly likely that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homelands in the near future as a result of global warming. That is the stark warning of economist and climate change expert Lord Stern following the news last week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere had reached a level of 400 parts per million (ppm)..Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

UN: $2.5 trillion in disaster losses since 2000
Economic losses from disasters since 2000 are in the range of $2.5 trillion, a figure at least 50 percent higher than previous international estimates, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday....Read more

Flood alarms threatened by budget cuts
The U.S. flood alarm system is about to get smaller.
On May 1, the U.S. Geological Survey began turning off some 150 stream gauges that monitor water levels on the nation's rivers and streams, thanks to the federal spending cuts, also known as sequester... Read more

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