A massive storm system brings thunderous hail to Kansas, white-out blizzard conditions in the Great Lakes, fierce winds to Texas, and possible flash flooding in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
The National Safety Council estimated that during 2013, 35,200 people died in US traffic accidents, plus there were about 3.8 million crash injuries requiring medical attention. An agency official blamed most of the accidents on human error.
The National Transportation Safety Board inquiry into the sinking of HMS Bounty pinned blame on the captain, who steered the ailing replica of an 18th-century British sailing ship into superstorm Sandy.
In a disaster, humans rush to help. May they ever do so. But when rescue turns to recovery turns to rebuilding, there are smarter ways to offer a hand up without making it a hand out.
A Duke Energy coal-ash facility accidentally poured 100,000 cubic feet of muck this week into the Dan River on the North Carolina-Virginia border, turning it gray. The EPA is likely to tighten disposal rules on coal ash, but it won't designate it 'hazardous.'
Rather than lament renewable energy's disruption of the traditional utility business model, Lovins writes, we should help progressive utilities and disruptive upstarts shape a new electricity system powered increasingly by clean, distributed renewables.