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In mid-November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) was pronounced the strongest recorded tropical cyclone to make landfall, with wind speeds up to 200 mph. According to UN officials, about 12 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless. However, the first strike did not come from the winds, rain or waves; it came from the global disaster response teams who were in play before landfall.
When the University of Georgia’s Museum of Natural History needed roughly 100,000 animal specimens, including the skeleton of a whale, moved from Northeastern University in Boston to Athens, Ga. within 11 days, the project seemed daunting.
An epidemic of maternal mortality and the blight of AIDS have plagued Kenya. In March 2003, newly elected Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki declared total war on AIDS in Kenya. Also in 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush announced PEPFAR; in July 2013, he revisited Kenya to reaffirm that promise.
The Hunt Midwest SubTropolis is, essentially, a 55 million square foot manmade cave in the bluffs above the Missouri River in Kansas City, Mo., that is possibly the world’s largest underground storage facility.