2012: The year in natural disasters
Natural disasters and extreme weather events happening so constantly that you can't keep up with them?
Don't fret. The Canadian Broadcasting Company has put together a splendid online compilation of all the year's planetary shaking and baking, rocking and rolling, soaking and roasting, and freezing and wheezing. You can find it by clicking here.
If you like to keep track of floods, hurricanes, avalanches, freak snow falls, volcanoes, tsunamis and deadly heat waves, this CBC web page is for you, whether or not you believe it's tied into man made climate change.
It's all there: A spider infestation in Australia; winter golf in Winnipeg along with golf ball sized hail stones in Calgary (there's 2012's most paradoxical golf juxtaposition); Superstorm Sandy, and much, much more. Even Saskatchewan bubble clouds. Sliceable and diceable by category and geography, and neatly presented chronologically across an interactive map of the world.
Good for the whole family, and void only where Internet trouble flares up.
May 2013's installment be a little less interesting!
Photo: Bubble clouds by Craig Lindsay via Wikimedia. Interactive map from CBC website.
More looks back at 2012, plus melting, on SmartPlanet:
- 9 amazing energy 'believe it or not' numbers from 2012
- Scientific American's top 10 science stories of 2012
- U.S. sized ice sheet melts in Arctic
- Global warming? Antarctic ice growing thicker
- What do cows and Antarctica have in common?
- Blink it’s gone: Greenland’s surface ice melted 2 weeks ago
— By Mark Halper on December 26, 2012, 4:00 PM