If you’ve ever wondered about the composition of the electricity delivered to your home (most of us have no clue), there’s one quick and easy way to find out. The … [Read full article]
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.
The American Lung Association (ALA) recently released State of the Air 2011, its annual report on air pollution and which cities have got the worst. In total, 18.5 million Americans live in regions with unhealthy levels of year-round particle pollution.
According to the ALA, 13,000 Americans a year are killed from particle pollution from power plants alone.
And for people in “at-risk” groups, like people who already have asthma, chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, the hazards of such pollution are even greater.
This is a reprinted excerpt (with link to full story) from a journalist colleague’s article for the Birmingham Weekly, as he surveys that damage wrought by one of the most severe tornado storms on record.
Posted on May 5, 2011 (The Birmingham Weekly)
Life is Precious – Making Sense of the Storms and What Comes After by Jesse Chambers
As I write this, it has been exactly one week since Alabama was left bruised and bleeding by one of the most vicious clusters of tornadoes ever recorded in the United States.
April 27 and April 28 saw the deadliest outbreak of tornado’s strike the United States since 1974. By the end, at least 250 had been killed across 6 states, with Alabama being the hardest hit with 162 of the confirmed dead coming from that state.