A report from Vox about all the megadisasters in the US in 2017 and future prospects for more like them. This one is well-researched, easy to read, with lots of information and expert opinions, some of which is new.
Some basic keys from weather-related science about the way moisture is picked up by the atmosphere and then gets moved around, sometimes ending with floods.
Not widely reported: A remote area in the Philippines was battered by a typhoon this past week, causing over 230 deaths and scores missing. One extraordinary point noted in the story was that the Philippines are faced with about 20 typhoons a year (!), and warnings are routinely issued, but many people had ignored the warnings. (Remember that typhoon and hurricane are words that have the same meaning.)
A report from Inside Climate News about favors that have been handed out by the government to the coal industry in Wyoming and the how the many kinds of damage have been overlooked. The story is depressing but the journalism is first-rate.
Book review: “The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resiliency from the Edge of Climate Change.” Indigenous peoples all over the world who have lived in sustainable ways for thousands of years are now coping with the effects produced by modern industrialized civilizations. The author is a scientist who is active in the study and believes these people have something to teach us. “Affecting and beautifully researched, the book made it onto Library Journals list of “Best Sci-Tech Books of 2017.”
Let’s close out the year with a list of ten things that went right for the natural world in 2017, from Mongabay: