According to the Philippine government, the area's typhoons have been getting stronger. "Menacingly, the Filipino typhoons are getting stronger and stronger, especially since the 90s," said Romulo Virola, head of the government's national statistics board. "From 1947 to 1960, the strongest typhoon to hit us was Amy in December 1951 with a highest wind speed recorded at 240kph in Cebu. From 1961 to 1980, Sening was the record holder with a highest wind speed of 275kph in October 1970. During the next 20 years, the highest wind speed was recorded by Anding and Rosing at 260kph. In the current millennium, the highest wind speed has soared to 320kph recorded by Reming in Nov-Dec 2006. If this is due to climate change, we better be prepared for even stronger ones in the future."
It’s going to be tough to find out. Efforts to map out the metabolic pathways of meandering cannabinoids are hamstrung by their banishment to the DEA’s schedule I list, with rogues like LSD and heroin. Winning federal funding – the lifeblood of basic medical research – to study schedule I drugs the DEA describes as having “no currently accepted medical use” is exceedingly difficult, Whitaker says. The irony that medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia is hard to miss. Crystal meth and cocaine, schedule II drugs, are easier to study.