FROM Jeff Masters
Harvey raises questions of global climate change Tropical Storm Harvey is being heaped with superlatives: most rain, worst flooding, most economic damage, highest toll in human misery. It may be the worst storm in this country’s history--but it’s dwarfed by storms hitting the rest of the world—even India, the land of the Monsoon. 1200 are dead there and in Bangladesh. Millions don’t have homes—and help is not on the way. The elephant in the room is Climate Change. As Houston dries out and Congress raises funds for relief, is it time to plan for the future--in case Harvey becomes the New Normal?
Historic Hurricane Bearing Down on Mexico Hurricane Patricia today became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Western hemisphere with top winds of 200 miles an hour. As it headed toward the Pacific Coast of Mexico, residents and tourists prepared for the worst. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground.com , has an updates.
Winter Weather Chaos, in Atlanta and Beyond Yesterday, Winter Storm Leon dumped snow all over Southern states that aren't used to it, turning streets and highways into parking lots, stranding school buses and causing 940 confirmed traffic accidents in Atlanta alone. Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vowed, "(T)here will not be anybody stranded in a vehicle on our interstates that has not been offered the opportunity to go to a place of safety and security where they can be fed, where there will be access to restrooms, etc." Jeff Masters is Director of Meteorology for Weather Underground.com , an Internet forecasting service.
Which Way Is the Radioactive Wind Blowing? Nobody knows how much radiation will be spewed into the atmosphere by Japan's damaged nuclear power plants. We do know that the prevailing weather patterns might bring it in this direction. Jeff Masters is Director of Meteorology at WeatherUnderground.com , an online forecasting company.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.