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    Technology Saves Lives in the Face of Superstorms

    In 1900, a hurricane claimed more than 8,000 lives in Galveston, Texas, largely because residents were only warned shortly before it hit. But thanks to modern technology, Texans knew about Hurricane Harvey a week before it made landfall, and Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency two days before Irma arrived. The damage was still devastating and tragic, but having advance notice undoubtedly helped save lives. As we reckon with the changing climate, it’s important to also support the heroic efforts of meteorologists and climate scientists who are helping us better prepare for and respond to disasters.

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