Climate scientists have been predicting more intense seasonal temperature variations and storms for several years now and recent winter ice storms in the deep south of the US, as well as ‘super storm’ Sandy, seem to lend much credence to this forecasting. And although this past hurricane season was less than spectacular — discounting Sandy,
Not only have we settled in disaster prone areas, but when things get bad because of Climate Change, we move to even worse areas. Last year, according to the United Nations, 210 million people – about three per cent of the global population – migrated between countries, and in 2009 about 740 million people moved within countries.
Tropical Storm Lee’s remnants combined with a warm front along the US East Coast are bringing heavy rainfall from New England to the Appalachian Mountains, causing rivers to flood and residents to consider moving to higher ground.
Part traditional art installation and part theatrical performance, ‘How to Build A Forest’ will evolve over an 8 hour period as it gradually fills the entire interior space of the venue, and then, is completely dismantled. The work is meant to illustrate “the disconnect between urban dwellers and the natural world” and will premier this Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Kitchen in New York City.
The recent flooding of the Mississippi River has created an unexpected boon for the wetlands around the city of New Orleans.
Satellite imagery captured by the Landsat satellite by the United States Geological Survey and NASA on May 10 show just how devastating the flooding along the Mississippi River is.
The Mississippi River reached 47.87 feet (14.59 meters) in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 10, 2011, according to the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S. National Weather Service. The photos and videos below show just how far-reaching the flooding of the Mississippi River is.
There is a source of increased carbon emissions that not many people are looking at; the destruction of trees during a hurricane or other strong storm. Investigating situations such as this are leading scientists to better understand the carbon cycle.
New Orleans has often been in the news over the past decade, for good and for bad. This true colour image of the city was taken on April 26, 2000, by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) on board the Landsat 7 satellite.
EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education nonprofit, recently announced the launching of its first STREAM (STudents Reporting Environmental Action through Media) youth citizen journalist bureau, which will be located in the Gulf region. STREAM will kick-off with a training workshop in New Orleans on December 1-2, 2010. EarthEco International writes this about STREAM: Unveiled this September at the Clinton
[UPDATED: Sept. 27, 2013; see addendum at bottom] In the spirit of both Halloween and Environmental Awareness, I hereby offer thirteen environmental horror stories of anthropogenic origin. I have chosen to narrow my sample field to the post World War II time period. I have also excluded nuclear weapons tests and chemical weapons usage (such
In a first-ever “world-wide synthesis”, an international team of scientists has analyzed data on 23 “drivers of environmental stress” that impact the health and quality of the world’s major rivers. The findings: 65% of the world’s riverine ecosystems are “moderately to highly threatened”. The team’s assessment is the first to “jointly consider human and biodiversity
Before I write anything else, I want to unequivocally explain that I think natural disasters are terrible. They cause countless deaths and incredible human suffering. With that being understood, I often find myself believing that things happen in nature for a reason, and so I started to ponder what some of the good aspects to