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A man sits on debris of his house in Leyte province, central Philippines
A man sits on debris of his house in Leyte province, central Philippines
Stéphane Foucart

Does the classification of tropical storms need changing? With sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, and gusts close to 235 mph, the super typhoon Haiyan, which left a trail of destruction in the Philippines and beyond, was the most powerful cyclone to make landfall in recent history. So much so in fact that some climatologists are suggesting the addition of a sixth category to the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale — a scale that allows experts to classify tropical storms depending on the potential destruction they can cause.

The argument is simple: The Saffir-Simpson scale is based on the windspeed and the difference from one category to another is about 20 mph. The fifth category, at the top of the scale, is reached with sustained winds of 157 mph. Haiyan smashed this threshold by almost 40 mph. Isn't it legitimate in this case to add a sixth grade?

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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