It’s difficult to read the headlines these days and and not see news of horrific weather-related disasters, from floods in the Gulf region to historic numbers of tornadoes cutting a swath through the very heart of the U.S. (and even in my home state of Massachusetts). They follow the most devastating disaster this young decade has seen, Japan’s tsunami and ensuing nuclear meltdown. The scenes of carnage seem interchangeable. News of bad weather makes bigger headlines when large, urban ...

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