Why Jessica Biel Is Climbing Kilimanjaro Without Timberlake

MIAMI—When Wold Zemedkun was in high school in Ethiopia he decided to take a sample of the water his family drank every day to his biology class. The water came from a nearby river. It was sparkling clear and tasted fine.
“We put it under a microscope and that clear water was completely full of moving [...]

Dry Spells, Good Eats Put Everglades Birds In the Mating Mood

MIAMI—Drought, that killer of crops, destroyer of rivers and lakes, may turn out to have its good points – particularly in the Florida Everglades.
One result of severe dry spells in the Everglades, scientists say, is an abundance of food for beautiful wading birds like ibises, great egrets and wood storks – whose ranks [...]

One Calm Season And You’re Thinking, No Hurricane Worries

MIAMI — Here’s the bad news about the quiet, almost peaceful hurricane season in 2009: Right away, people start thinking this is the norm. They start to relax and maybe even make fun of hurricanes.
“Unfortunately, people take it that maybe we’re not going to get hit for a while,” said Bill Read, the director of [...]

Climbing Kilimanjaro Because Dirty Water Is Killing Children

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 loaded with bacteria and viruses and who are often sick, sometimes so sick they die.
Now, in the name of what he calls the global crisis on drinking water, [...]

Hostile Winds Clobber Would-Be Hurricanes; But Next Year?

MIAMI — Whatever happened to the 2009 hurricane season? It never amounted to much. And that was kind of a surprise.
As the season started in June, forecasters were expecting about a dozen tropical storms and predicting that perhaps half of them would grow into hurricanes.
It didn’t turn out that way. As [...]