On April 20, 2010, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig kicked off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, as nearly five million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf Coast over the next several months. Most of that oil is still there, and will be for years to come.
Caught between a life they no longer have and a government support system that's constantly under rabid attack, the result the unemployed are facing is anger, and personal and professional inertia.
The term "spring offensive" may be out of favor in the media, but more than 50 organizations endorsed a forum this past Friday with some of the media's best known editorial heavyweights, to discuss the most serious crisis journalistic freedom has faced in decades.
Last Monday night, 30 members of the new Senate Climate Caucus held an all-night talkathon on the Senate floor to highlight the urgency of global warming. Two days later, all but one voted to roll back a law that actually does something about it.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Unfortunately, that aptly describes the federal government's fiscally short-sighted response to climate change and its impacts, such as more droughts, wildfires and severe storms.
So far, the conversation on climate resilience has been too narrow. It often overlooks some of the key components that have proven to make the difference in how a community survives a heat wave, a flood, a fire, or a hurricane.
Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.
I teach people how to be prepared for all sorts of catastrophic events. However, the winter storms that have plagued the South were even too much for the well-trained. My preparedness kit for winter weather consists of matches, Gucci snow boots, and a bottle of red.
Even if they weren't crooked, Louisiana seemed to pick leaders for reasons other than their executive ability. Jimmy Davis served two terms as governor on the strength of his hit song, "You Are My Sunshine."
Some political leaders turn from talking about "me" and instead talk about "we." They believe in building a movement that will change things rather than just bragging about themselves and furthering their own careers, and because of that they do actually start changing things. That's what Elizabeth Warren does; that is who she is.
Like former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who has been a spokesman for Paxil, an anti-depressant, Barry Lyons is a tough guy, tough enough to know when he needed help, tough enough to reach out to his friends.
Key West is so flat, so low, predictions have been made that Key West could one day disappear from the horizon line, to be covered by a mix of Atlantic Ocean waters and Gulf of Mexico rise. The problem now is rain water.
Is climate change too much of a psychological challenge for the president? Is it simply too much for him to confront the near-almighty power of the fossil fuel industry and the Republican (and some Democratic) politicians who are that industry's acolytes?
"Polar Vortex" will surely enter the dictionary of reportorial exaggeration along with "firestorm." The next time it drops below 40 in Los Angeles, it's going to be described on the local news as a Polar Vortex.
Nothing is more heartbreaking to me than seeing pets and other animals that are injured, abandoned and lost, including those in the wake of severe weather.
Try Grand Cayman. If you don't like to dive, you may learn something. We did. Our first lesson consisted in island time. Everything is "five minutes."...