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Katrina: The REAL Aftermath

A team of engineers who have studied the failure of the 17th Street canal levee in New Orleans say they have found a cost-effective and efficient way to prevent future flooding. And psychologists in New Orleans says there is widespread mental illness, caused by trauma, among New Orleans residents. A problem that has been entirely ignored by the...

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Ernesto Heads for Florida

Ernesto became the first hurricane of the season as itssustained winds exceeded 70 MPH on Sunday. However, thestorm also appeared to be tracking farther east, which meansthat it will spend most of its life above a mix of land andwater and not enter the central Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center expects Ernesto to move up...

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Tropical Depression May Become Gulf Hurricane

The National Weather Service has announced that TropicalDepression Five now circulating in the Lesser Antilles withsurface winds of 35 miles an hour is likely to become ahurricane over the weekend and is headed toward the Gulf ofMexico.

Because Gulf waters remain abnormally warm, the entrance ofany organized storm into the Gulf is...

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Good Hurricane News

Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures are not as high asexpected this hurricane season, and forecasters have reducedthe probable number of Atlantic hurricanes from nine to six.The probability of an intense hurricane making landfall inthe US this year is 73%. Normally, this is 52%. The EastCoast is more likely than the Gulf Coast to be struck,...

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Will Beryl be a Katrina for New England?or England?

Tropical Storm Beryl has formed off the US coast in the Atlantic ocean and is expected to head up past New England, where there is an unusual mass of warm ocean water off the coast of Maine at this time, and then move on to Southern Canada.

Unless Beryl changes its route, the storm will pass directly over the warm water mass, which will...

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Alberto Evening Update: Mandatory Evacuations

Alberto has survived strong wind shear and remained anorganized storm, with winds being clocked at 85MPH over thepast few hours. The old eye collapsed in the earlyafternoon, and a new one formed. Thechief danger from this storm will be storm surge, becausethe gulfis shallow and drops off slowly in the area of Florida'swest coast that's being...

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First Tropical Depression of the Season

The first tropical depression of the 2006 hurricane seasonformed in the Caribbean in the same area that Katrina formedin 2005. The depression is poorly defined, with windsgusting to 35 miles an hour, but could become a named stormduring the coming week. If it moves northward into the Gulfof Mexico, it is likely to become a powerful storm,...

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Why Hurricane Season is Here to Stay

Scientists at M.I.T. have clearly linked the increase in hurricane activity to global warming and global warming to "pollution released by humans." And what's the state of Katrina-ravaged New Orleans? It's still sinking. The Army Corps of Engineers has finally admitted that the levees that were supposed to protect it were defective.

Ker...

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UPDATE: Major Hurricane Hits Australia

Australia is experiencing a Category 5 cyclone, which is a storm of the same strength as Katrina, the hurricane that hit New Orleans. Wind gusts up to 180 MPH have been recorded,and another cyclone appears to be forming behind this one.Global warming warms up the ocean surface, making it more likely that tropical storms will turn into dangerous...

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Mold Threat in New Orleans

Spores of airborne mold have become a hazard in New Orleans, where the clean up is still going on.

Andrew Buncombe writes in the Independent that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has accused the Federal government of failing to warn people about this danger, just as they failed to warn New Yorkers about dangerous air...

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Illegal Mexicans Clean Up Katrina

Halliburton is the company associated with Vice-President Dick Cheney that has profited highly in Iraq. An UN audit has recommended the U.S. repay $208 million to Iraq for work done by a Halliburton subsidiary. Now it?s been discovered that Halliburton has hired hundreds of undocumented South American immigrants to clean up after Katrina....

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Hurricanes So Strong They Need a New Definition

Due to global warming, which heats up the surface of the tropical waters where hurricanes form, hurricanes are becoming stronger than ever?so strong, in fact, that scientists say we need a new way to categorize them. We're not talking about naming them according to the alphabet, we're talking about Categories 1-5. No far there is no Category 6...

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Why Didn't We Predict Katrina in Time?

The National Hurricane Center has failed dismally at predicting which tropical storms will become hurricanes, despite the input of millions of dollars by the US government. The NHC uses buoys, weather balloons, radar, ground sensors and airplanes to track tropical storms and warn us if they threaten to make land and turn into hurricanes....

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Katrina Aid Delayed by Iraq

You read it here first. Now a secret government report says that relief efforts to help Katrina sufferers failed so badly because of military troop shortages due to the Iraq war.

Kim Sengupta reports in the Independent that this confidential US government report details how funds for FEMA were wasted and diverted and how National Guard...

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Where Did the New Orleans Flood Waters Go?

Using NASA satellite imagery, scientists have discovered that 23% of the water released from the mouth of the Mississippi River after the New Orleans floods subsided traveled into the Gulf of Mexico, around the Florida Keys, and into the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists can track the water flow using NASA's MODIS satellites, together with data from "...

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Alligators & Killer Dolphins Escape

Possibly as many as hundreds of thousands of alligators fromswamped alligator farms have been washed into Lake Charles,area rivers,the Gulf and other waterways, thanks to hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Now it's been discovered that armed dolphins, trained by the US military to target terrorists underwater, are missing from their pens inthe Gulf...

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Worst Hurricane Season Ever

It's official: This is the worst hurricane season in recorded history. According to historian Eric Gross, "Hurricane Katrina [is] the most expensive natural disaster in our nation's history, even when damages are converted to a constant-dollar figure to account for inflation over time."

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Global Warming: This is It

Do the recent hurricanes have anything to do with global warming? UK environmental head Sir John Lawton says this is what global warming looks like, when it starts to affect the world we live in.

Michael McCarthy reports in the Independent that climate change isn't just a theory any more?it's become a reality and we're now paying the...

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Unusual Number of Active Hurricanes

There are currently three hurricanes and two tropical stormsin the middle south Atlantic and Pacific oceans. One of thetropical storms, Rita in the Atlantic, is expected to crossthe Florida strait into the Gulf of Mexico, where watertemperatures remain abnormally high.

According to Unknowncountry.com sources, Rita has alreadytriggered...

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Hurricanes Getting Stronger

The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes worldwide has nearly doubled over the past 35 years, even though the total number of hurricanes has dropped since the 1990s. The shift occurred as global sea surface temperatures have increased over the same period.

This research has just been published in the prestigious journal Science....

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Hurricanes?Can We Move Them Somewhere Else?

After Katrina, scientists are trying to learn how to prevent hurricanes from making landfall by calming them down offshore or steering them off course. Hurricanes are created when tropical storms pass over warm water, and due to global warming, there?s a lot more of that than there used to be.

Justin Mullins writes in New Scientist that...

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Katrina Impact on Distant Crops

Newswise - Hurricane Katrina could lead to smaller crop yields in corn and soybean fields in Indiana. How can a gulf coast hurricane effect crops so far away? It's because these farmers have lost access to shipping routes along the Mississippi River. Agronomists are advising them to postpone harvesting their crops, if possible...

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Same Mistakes in Iraq & New Orleans

Folding FEMA into Homeland Security may have made it inevitable that the same mistakes were made in both places, whether we are battling insurgents or the weather. Vice President Cheney's former corporation Halliburton has been put in charge of housing and feeding refugees from the storm, just as they feed and house US soldiers in Iraq. The...

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Pumping Begins in New Orleans--UPDATE

UPDATE: The Shelbyville Times-Gazette has reported that 40,000 dead bodies may be found when New Orleans is drained and other hurricane areas, such as Biloxi, Mississippi, are cleaned up. This estimate was based on an interview by reporter Clint Confehr with mortuary owner Dan Buckner, who says the government has ordered 25,000 body bags for...

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Storm Season Still Dangerously Active

Three areas of tropical storm activity continue to unfold inthe south and central Atlantic, and two of them posepotential danger to land, meaning a second hurricane could strike New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Tropical Depression 16 has formed between Bermuda andFlorida over the past 24 hours and has triggered tropicalstorm warnings for...

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New Orleans Site of Third World Pestilence

New Orleans has become a fetid, filthy city that's dangerous to be in. At the moment, the danger to the health of its remaining citizen equals that of some of the worst third world cities. We all know about the sewage and corpses floating in the water?and the alligators that are feeding off the bodies?but there are more subtle problems, like...

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Brace for More Katrinas

Scientists say that hurricane Katrina, which is being called the worst weather disaster ever to hit the US, is not a unique event. Global warming is causing more storms in the Atlantic and ocean temperatures and trade winds?the two forces behind a hurricane?are increasing in the Caribbean and North Atlantic.

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Out of Gas

Gov. Mike Easley of North Carolina has warned that his state and eight to ten others served by gasoline pipelines from New Orleans are in immediate danger of running out of gasoline. It has been rumored in North Carolina that the governor had ordered gas stations to shut down for periods of time. The governor's press office denied the rumors,...

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Katrina Help from Surprising Places

There are already Katrina donation scams appearing on the internet and in spam, and even FEMA prominently lists the controversial Pat Robertson's "Operation Blessing" as third on its list of suggested charities, which is overwhelmingly dominated by religious charities. However, there are many more organizations and charities more directly...

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No Room at the Inn

Governor Rick Perry of Texas made a generous gesture when he offered to house the newly homeless people of New Orleans in the Astrodome in Houston. There were so many people overflowing the Superdome in Louisiana that the dome, along with the city of New Orleans itself, had to be evacuated. But the governor either didn't realize how many...

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