Environment

Man-made tornadoes may produce green energy

Man-made tornadoes may produce green energy

Massive man-made twisters reaching to the skies from cyclopean structures on the ground may be the future of suburban landscape. A Canadian firm is developing the technology to use the tornadoes to produce electricity – and assures it would be safe. The company, AVEtec Energy Corporation, is working on a proof-of-concept device after winning this […]

FEMA centers in New York closed due to… bad weather

FEMA centers in New York closed due to… bad weather

Instead of staying open to help displaced victims of the hurricane during the nor’easter that blanketed New York City in snow, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was “closed due to weather” as the storm approached. FEMA, headed by Craig Fugate, exists to “prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards,” the […]

Hurricane hammers NY: 10 dead, houses destroyed by fire, freak floods in subway (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Hurricane hammers NY: 10 dead, houses destroyed by fire, freak floods in subway (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Explosions, fires, and floods have devastated New York, killing at least ten people statewide. As Hurricane Sandy hit the city it left over 50 houses ablaze, at least seven subway tunnels flooded and nearly 2 million New Yorkers without power. Parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island are underwater as hurricane Sandy passes over New […]

Sixty million at risk as deadly ‘Frankenstorm’ Sandy triggers mass evacuations

Sixty million at risk as deadly ‘Frankenstorm’ Sandy triggers mass evacuations

The ‘Frankenstorm’ Sandy is set to be unprecedented in size once it hits the US mainland Monday night. Tens of millions of people could be affected as the hybrid hurricane wreaks havoc from the East Coast to the Great Lakes on Halloween week. Increasingly dire warnings of powerful winds, power outages, widespread flooding, torrential downpours […]

Ideology trumps reason as Germans pay the price for abandoning nuclear power

Ideology trumps reason as Germans pay the price for abandoning nuclear power

Germany is facing rapidly climbing energy costs after turning away from nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster, instead relying increasingly on renewable energy. Meanwhile, its neighbors are building nuclear power stations on its doorstep. After a simultaneous earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast caused a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant in March […]

Deadly ‘brain-eating’ microbe outbreak in Pakistan

Deadly ‘brain-eating’ microbe outbreak in Pakistan

Pakistan’s capital city Karachi was struck by an outbreak of Naegleria fowleri, also known as ‘brain-eating amoeba.’ The deadly freshwater microbe kills 98 percent of those infected. The source of the infection has yet to be identified. The amoeba is transmitted from contaminated water through the nasal cavity and travels to the brain, causing inflammation. […]

Florida city passes ban on hiring smokers

Florida city passes ban on hiring smokers

In an attempt to save money on insurance, a city in South Florida has banned hiring employees who smoke or use tobacco products, causing some Americans to complain that the government is controlling too much of their personal life. Delray Beach City Commissioners on Tuesday announced a policy that would help the financially struggling city […]