You Gotta Be Kidding, Right?

Image: Stacy C. Noland
Image: Stacy C. Noland

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 flood protection board, has a different demand. He ordered the board to drop its lawsuit and fire its lawyers.

Arctic Apocalypse


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 in the sand, deny that climate change is happening, or are to apathetic to care.

The world has gone mad.

Wanted: Vietnamese Translator and Transcriber

Vietnamese Screen Capture

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 they endeavor to persevere to this day.

Schedule:  2 to 4 weeks

Compensation:  Acknowledgement in the closing credits, an autographed copy of the film on DVD, and a private screening of the film once released.

About Storm Surge
Storm Surge is a production of the Moontown Foundation, an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to creating expedition-based education and leadership development opportunities in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and social impact media for youth and young adults.  Storm Surge is a multi-episode documentary film series that peers into lives of three reluctant heroes working to help their respective communities survive, rebuild, and recover in the aftermath of deadliest and most destructive disasters in American history.  Storm Surge is emotional, seductively uplifting, and rejoiceful.  For more information, visit

Batten Down The Hatches

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 generation of global climate models to power a series of high-resolution, regional simulations of tropical cyclones around the world.

What Happened When Superstorm Sandy Hit NYC

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 to Connecticut.

Record surge levels were recorded in several areas of New York and New Jersey, with over 12 feet of surge in some locations. Subway tunnels flooded, airport runways flooded, power outages occurred all along the coast, natural gas lines were broken, and when it was all over, at least 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed from the storm. On top of the estimated 72 people in the U.S. who were killed as a direct result of the storm, many more lives were lost as a result of hypothermia, house fires, vehicle accidents and other indirect causes.

This National Geographic documentary chronicles the events leading up to and immediately after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Atlantic Seaboard.

When Nature’s Fury and the Politics of Disaster Collide

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, hours of government audio tapes, and personal interviews, National Geographic takes viewers into the eye of Katrina to uncover the decisions and circumstances that determined the fate of the Gulf residents.