After 40 years of describing hurricanes in the dispassionate, clinical terms of engineers and meteorologists forecasters have now rewritten the guidelines on hurricanes to make the impact of high winds more vivid.
At the Clinton Global Initiative University in Miami, the torches of inspiration, passion and action were set ablaze, igniting the social imagination of 1,300 change-makers hailing from 83 countries and all 50 U.S. states.
Out of South Africa came the news that an expensive new soccer stadium had been built in a city where drinking water is often dirty and many people have neither electric lights nor toilets.
Some aid projects have focused on restoring the country's forests, but few have tried to fix the generations of harm that has been done to Haiti's coral, its mangroves, its beaches and, most of all, its fish.
Strong leadership is missing. A few members of Congress have been working on the water problem and Matt Damon, the actor, has made it his cause. But the issue is not getting traction.
Most of the country's trees had long since been chopped down for firewood. Much of the topsoil had washed away and when the rain got heavy, the bare hills and mountains became launch pads for floods.
Researchers have designed open-air laboratories that are big enough for birds and fish to come in and react to what is going on. They become part of the experiment.
The task of restoring Haiti's countryside is extremely difficult and could even be impossible. But the restoration work for a healthy countryside would provide more food and jobs, and make flooding less severe.
Now with parts of Haiti in ruin and perhaps 200,000 people dead, the tree-planting and the soil sampling have halted. But the catastrophe makes it more critical than ever that Haiti be re-greened.
Widespread confusion over short-term fluctuations in temperature and long-term trends is causing concern among the majority of scientists who are convinced that climate change is happening.
MIAMI--Greg Allgood will do almost anything to draw attention to the huge number of poor people - more than 1 billion - whose only drinking water is l...
This year the number of poor people around the world struggling to get enough food for survival for themselves and their families has risen to a little more than a billion -- the highest level in 30 years.