By Elizabeth Shogren of NPR – July 25, 2013 The government board charged with protecting New Orleans from flooding sued the oil and gas industry on Wednesday. The suit would require oil, gas and pipeline companies restore damaged wetlands and pay damages for the effects of the lost wetlands on levees. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who appointed the floodContinue reading “You Gotta Be Kidding, Right?”
A group of economic and polar scientists warn that the rapidly thawing Arctic and the subsequent release of methane gas into the atmosphere has the potential to trigger a catastrophic “economic timebomb” which would cost trillions of dollars and undermine the global financial system. Meanwhile, billions of people across the planet continue to keep their heads inContinue reading “Arctic Apocalypse”
A former oil and gas executive speaks out on fracking and climate change.
Scope: Translate and transcribe approximately four (4) hours of video and audio content captured during a series of interviews with a family of Gulf Coast Vietnamese shrimp and oyster fishermen for the documentary film, Storm Surge. Their lives and livelihoods were negatively affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Catastrophe in April 2010, yet theyContinue reading “Wanted: Vietnamese Translator and Transcriber”
A new study by Kerry Emanuel, a hurricane researcher at MIT, finds that tropical cyclones are likely to become both stronger and more frequent in the years to come, especially in the western North Pacific and the North Atlantic. Emanuel’s study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses the latest generationContinue reading “Batten Down The Hatches”
On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy came ashore just northeast of Atlantic City, N.J., with a wind speed of approximately 80 mph. The storm had the worst possible trifecta of characteristics: an extremely large diameter, strong winds and high tide at landfall, which generated massive storm surge that inundated the coast from New Jersey toContinue reading “What Happened When Superstorm Sandy Hit NYC”
Released in December 2012, seven years after the most expensive disaster in American history, this 95-minute documentary film gives you the round-the-clock news coverage and a comprehensive look behind the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, human error, false media reports, political corruption, government bureaucracy, and a substandard physical infrastructure. Using comprehensive analysis of events, hoursContinue reading “When Nature’s Fury and the Politics of Disaster Collide”
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” – Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2012 was the second-most expensive year for natural disasters, claiming over 300 lives and costing more than $110 billion in damages. Long-term, independent records from weather stations, satellites, oceanContinue reading “2012 Was An Exceptional Year For Disasters”