E-refugees grow in numbers, reflect threats to safety, security.
Spurred by recent tsunami and hurricane disasters in the US and around the world, NOAA, USGS, and other government agencies are taking a closer look at the hazards lurking on US shores.
A wet, snowy winter has set the table for spring flooding in much of the eastern US and a few western states. NOAA published a forecast on March 20, 2008, of the areas most likely to get swamped. Among the states at risk are "much of the Mississippi River basin, the Ohio River basin, the lower Missouri River basin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, most of New York, all of New England, and portions of the West, including Colorado and Idaho."
Early news about a pending citizen science project has drawn such an overwhelming response that the project's leaders are now declining to talk about it further until its formal launch, potentially in July 2008. The public response suggests it'll be of great interest to some in your audience when it becomes official. Meanwhile, you can learn more online, and get on the notification list for the launch date.
Updated USGS earthquake maps may lead you to fresh local stories.
Hurricane experts at Colorado State have upped the number of hurricanes they predict this season.
A Living On Earth investigation has found neighbors of a New Orleans plant that once produced some of the most dangerous herbicides and insecticides known to man may be being left unprotected.