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Issue: "De-coding Morsi," July 28, 2012

The U.K.-based Barnabas Fund reported that it was providing emergency aid to Christian families struck by the disaster. The report said families would likely need help for the foreseeable future "as they will have to rebuild their lives from scratch."

Meanwhile, in Russia flooding on July 6 killed at least 171 victims and devastated the southern mountain town of Krymsk. Residents of the town of 57,000 said warnings from local officials came too late, and many in the town were sleeping when the flood waters hit. "Nothing is left," resident Ovsen Torosyan, 30, told the Reuters news service. "We are like tramps."

Derecho damage

On the morning of June 29, a powerful "derecho"-a wall of powerful, fast-moving thunderstorms-was born over Chicago and swept across Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The storm's hurricane-force winds killed 24 in its path and left millions without power in the midst of one of Washington's all-time worst heat waves. The 100-plus temperatures made the storm especially violent, and then heat burned on for more than a week as cities set up cooling stations for those still without power.

Some meteorologists used the weather as evidence of man-made global warming: "It's very consistent with what we'd expect in a warming world," Deke Arndt, chief of climate monitoring at the National Climatic Data Center, told The Washington Post. Just over two years ago Washington was under record-setting snow and experiencing one of its coldest winters, which some saw as evidence against global warming. Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told NPR then, "It is important that people recognize that weather is not the same thing as climate."


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