Jakarta is often beset with flooding, but heavy rains and commercial developments made the past week's flooding especially widespread, and also especially egalitarian -- inundating the homes of both the poor and the wealthy.
Various people around the world are looking to Dec. 21, the last day on an ancient Mayan calendar, as the end of the world. And while that theory has long been discredited, some people, especially in China, are madly preparing for that day.
Hundreds dead, a similar number missing and thousands upon thousands are homeless after an off-season, off-track typhoon roared across the island nation of the Philippines. Over the weekend it threatened to criss-cross the island again, before ultimately dissipating.
Rather than build large, immovable concrete and steel structures to hold back rising oceans, architect Adam Yarinsky suggests we focus on shaping the shoreline how nature did, with an emphasis on green space and absorbing the rising tides, rather than just trying to push it back.
The Rockaways were among the hardest hit areas of New York and remains badly damaged from Sandy's wind. Residents there are fed up with what they say is inadequate government response, but the government says it's been there early and often. But it just takes time.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the problems with the New York subway system after Hurricane Sandy came ashore led thousands of people to pick up a bike to get to work. But all those extra bike commuters were exposed to the success and failure of New York City's effort to be more bike-friendly.
In the world of risk management, the probability of disaster is often expressed as a percentage. But that's not sufficient, scientists say now. And they've turned to an area of California, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, to explain just how badly current models work.
New York City drivers face new restrictions on when they may buy gas as the region deals with a major fuel shortage, an enduring problem from Hurricane Sandy's tear through the area. So far, reports are that the rationing system is cutting lines at filling stations, making it easier to get the gas that is available.
Scientists are experimenting with rebuilding oyster reefs off the coast of New York City. One writer suspects that if these structures had been in place, Hurricane Sandy's massive storm surge would have been greatly reduced.
Americans on the eastern seaboard were facing their second weather event in a week on Thursday. A Nor'easter roared up the coast, dropping as much as 12 inches of snow on already ravaged New Jersey.