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Hurricane Matthew Roars Toward the Caribbean, Most Powerful in Almost a Decade
Category 4 Hurricane Matthew shows no signs of weakening as it roars towards the Caribbean, where it is expected to make landfall today.
NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Oct. 2 at 4:45 a.m. EDT showed Hurricane Matthew's clear eye as the storm moved through the south central Caribbean Sea.NASA / NOAA GOES Project
The storm is the most powerful to form in the Atlantic in almost a decade, and has prompted the evacuation of all non-essential personnel from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. With forecasts of up to 40 inches of rain in some areas, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic face the threat of up to 11-foot storm surges, flash floods and mudslides.
The hurricane could pose a threat to the East Coast of the U.S. by week's end.
For a deeper dive:
Commentary: Pacific Standard, Eric Holthaus analysis
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Toxic Waste Will Continue to Grow for Decades Even if All U.S. Drilling and Fracking Halts Today, New Report Says
By Jessica Corbett
For more than three decades, the U.S. government has mismanaged toxic oil and gas waste containing carcinogens, heavy metals and radioactive materials, according to a new Earthworks report — and with the country on track to continue drilling and fracking for fossil fuels, the advocacy group warns of growing threats to the planet and public health.
Newly adopted guidelines set forth by the European Commission Tuesday aim to tackle climate change by way of the financial sector. The move comes to bolster the success of the Sustainable Action Plan published last year to reorient capital flows toward sustainable investment and manage financial risks from climate change, environmental degradation and social issues.