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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Hurricanes Will Get Worse

HURRICANES WILL GET WORSE: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predict that the intensity and duration of hurricanes are likely to increase in coming years. This is as a result of global warming and the rise in sea surface temperatures. By analyzing storms dating back to 1930, the MIT researchers found that a combined measure of duration and wind speeds of North Atlantic hurricanes and North Pacific cyclones has nearly doubled since the 1970s. Their report showed that the number of hurricanes and cyclone durations has increased by about 60% since 1949 and that average peak storm wind speeds have increased 50%, since the ‘70s. During that same time, sea surface temperatures have swung upward at rates that exceed normal swings from regular El Nino or Atlantic cycles.


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