Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:02:49 GMT
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger? Take a look around Butler County. It's no secret the area is growing and developing.Full Story >
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger?Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:08:07 GMT
Mike Leake pitched three-hit ball for seven sharp innings and the Cincinnati Reds parlayed star third baseman David Wright's early error Tuesday night into a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets. DevinFull Story >
Mike Leake pitched three-hit ball for seven sharp innings and the Cincinnati Reds parlayed star third baseman David Wright's early error Tuesday night into a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:55 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:55:22 GMT
The Kings Local School Board has voted to release depositions that the district's lawyer took while an investigation was underway into the allegations against a teacher. The vote was part of a settlementFull Story >
The Kings Local School Board has voted to release depositions that the district's lawyer took while an investigation was underway into the allegations against a teacher.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:46:29 GMT
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens? "It makes me nervous more than anything," said Jamie Klauke, theFull Story >
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens?Full Story >
Which president had the first telephone? Which commander in chief gambled away the White House china? Or who loved jelly beans? Discover some fun facts about some of the men who've been president.Full Story >
Do you know which president was the first to have a telephone? Which commander in chief gambled away the White House china? Or who loved jelly beans? Discover some fun facts about some of the men who've held the highest office in the United States.Full Story >
The 2012 election may be over, but not all may be lost for Republicans looking for love. Thanks to chemistry.com, you can find your political equal in these cities.Full Story >
Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election, but not all may be lost for members of the GOP looking for love. Chemistry.com lists the cities they are most likely to find their political equal.Full Story >
The final debate before the 2012 presidential election provided an endless amount of viral internet memes as well as the inspiration for some creative fictional Twitter hash tags.Full Story >
The final debate before the 2012 presidential election provided enough memorable moments - one in particular about the Navy - to create an endless amount of viral internet memes. It also was the inspiration for some creative fictional Twitter hash tags.Full Story >
(RNN) - Although politics has largely been pushed aside as the East Coast deals with the effects of Superstorm Sandy, a controversial topic is likely to make its way back into the national discourse: climate change.
Two days before Sandy hit New York City, members of environmental group 350.org, a group that works to build awareness and find solutions to climate change, held up a giant banner in the middle of Times Square that read: "End climate silence."
According to 350.org spokesman, Daniel Kessler, the protest was in response to the lack of discussion on climate change during the presidential debates.
"The four moderators and the two candidates never brought it up. But people are talking about it," Kessler said.
Kessler pointed to the fact that 3,215 high-temperature records were broken or tied during the month of June and May was the warmest month on record for the Northern Hemisphere as evidence that people are feeling the effects of climate change - even if it's not mentioned in political advertisements and talking head panels.
"When people poke their head out the window, they see something funny is going on," Kessler said. "And they can't quite figure out why the politicians won't talk about it. That's what 'climate silence' is."
Climate change's impact on Superstorm Sandy
Kevin E. Trenberth, a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, says that climate change is likely a contributing factor to Superstorm Sandy.
Trenberth explains that climate change has had a direct impact on higher sea temperatures, making them one degree warmer and 4 percent higher than they were before the 1970s.
"This hurricane is twice the size of a normal one, four times the area, and able to cause eight times the damage," Trenberth said, explaining that warmer air and increased moisture causes more precipitation that makes the storm stronger.
"With high sea temperatures and more rainfall, there's more fuel for the storm, making for a more intense storm and a greater risk of flooding," Trenberth said.
"When that gets caught up in the storm, there's sort of a double down effect. Not only is there more moisture to produce more rain, but it makes the storm more intense," he added.
Trenberth says that there is 40 percent more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now than there was during pre-industrial times and that most of that has occurred since 1970. The gases can accumulate and lead to more intense heat waves, as well as more wildfires, like those that raged in the southwest during the summer.
But it can also accumulate in the ocean.
"As a result, the oceans are warmer and the air above the oceans is warmer in moisture and that proves fuel for all storms," Trenberth said.
Businesses reacting to heavy cost of climate change
It's not only activists and scientists who are warning about the dangers of climate change -insurance companies are, too.
On Oct. 17, Munich Re, a "reinsurance" company - a company that insures insurance companies - put out a study that analyzes the costs of extreme and severe weather.
"North America has been the most affected by weather-related extreme events in recent decades," said a press release for the Munich Re study.
The study claims that between 1980 and 2011, the costs of extreme weather have exceeded $1 trillion and claimed more than 30,000 lives - and climate change is partly to blame.
"Climate change particularly affects formation of heat-waves, droughts, intense precipitation events, and in the long run most probably also tropical cyclone intensity," the press release said. "The view that weather extremes are becoming more frequent and intense in various regions due to global warming is in keeping with current scientific findings."
Different styles of solutions
Kessler, of 350.org, said that the reason climate change has been a non-factor this election season is because of the fossil fuel industry's influence on politicians.
"The fossil fuel industry has more money than any business in the history of money. And they have a lot of influence and they flex their muscle in every possible occasion," Kessler said. "So they largely bought our congress to stop any policy that could actually do something to get us off of fossil fuel and do something about climate change."
On Nov. 7, 350.org will embark on an 18-city U.S. tour to help build more awareness about the fossil fuel industry's influence on government, which has been outlined in a Rolling Stone article by 350.org founder, Bill McKibben.
"The first order of business is to educate people on how much influence the fossil fuel industry has on government and try to lessen it," Kessler said.
Trenberth does not weigh in on the political reasons for climate change, but he does say there are two major things that must be done to slow climate change, but they might not be popular.
Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere must be reduced, and that means cutting down on fossil fuels. Trenberth says this could be helped in part by implementing carbon taxes, such as cap and trade - something politicians try to avoid talking about.
The second thing, according to Trenberth, is to recognize that climate change is already with us and is having massive, costly effects, including wildfires, droughts, and extreme storms like Sandy.
"Recognizing that this is already happening means that we should be planning for it better and trying to deal with it in a more logical fashion than simply suffering the consequences," Trenberth said.
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Workers are set to begin demolishing perhaps the most famous symbol of Superstorm Sandy's devastation along New Jersey's shoreline.Full Story >
Riding the Jet Star roller coaster as a girl vacationing at the Jersey shore, Nicole Jones said there was always that one breath-catching moment when the passenger cars swerved toward the ocean, as if threatening to dump...Full Story >
Tuesday, April 30 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-04-30 14:45:27 GMT
Six months since the Superstorm Sandy hit Connecticut's shores and tore down a number of homes in Milford this past November, the cleanup efforts continued Monday. Crooked porches, hanging roofs and bustedFull Story >
Six months since Superstorm Sandy hit Connecticut's shores and tore down a number of homes in Milford this past November, the cleanup efforts continued Monday.Full Story >
Friday, April 26 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-04-26 11:03:49 GMT
(RNN) - Most natural disasters come as a surprise to all homeowners, but not being covered can be surprising and costly when you aren't sufficiently insured. One major insurance company is aiding homeownersFull Story >
For homeowners, the instance of having insurance is not the only part in being prepared for severe weather when it strikes.Full Story >
Monday, April 15 2013 9:06 PM EDT2013-04-16 01:06:27 GMT
A new audit released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says the state could be on the hook for hundreds of millions in disaster relief payback. The money was supposed to help property ownersFull Story >
A new audit released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says the state could be on the hook for hundreds of millions in disaster relief payback. The money was supposed to help property owners recover from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.Full Story >
Monday, April 8 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-04-08 23:09:50 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Hurricane Season officially starts June 1st, but emergency management and disaster relief organizations are already hard at work getting ready for the season, saying the riskFull Story >
Hurricane Season officially starts June 1st, but emergency management and disaster relief organizations are already hard at work getting ready for the season, saying the risk of a big storm is always there.Full Story >
(RNN) - As Hurricane Sandy continues its roll towards the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, people in some of the nation's most populated cities have either evacuated hunkered down to ride out what has becomeFull Story >
Sandy, no longer a hurricane, has made landfall along the southern coast of New Jersey. Full Story >
Sunday, October 28 2012 7:34 PM EDT2012-10-28 23:34:19 GMT
You may have the luxury of seeing a hurricane coming, but that doesn't mean you can wait until it arrives to prepare. Days before a hurricane arrives you should plan for the major weather event to keepFull Story >
Days before a hurricane arrives you should plan for the major weather event to keep you and your family safe.Full Story >
Thursday, August 30 2012 1:35 AM EDT2012-08-30 05:35:36 GMT
(RNN) - After crashing into southern Louisiana Tuesday evening, Hurricane Isaac erratically continues its course across several southern states, bringing torrential rain and power outages to areas in its path. AlthoughFull Story >
Hurricane Isaac continues to dump double-digits of rain over some parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Full Story >
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