Western US Ravaged by Wildfires, Carib and East Coast Lashed by Storms

Western US Ravaged by Wildfires, Carib and East Coast Lashed by Storms

Western US Ravaged by Wildfires, Carib and East Coast Lashed by Storms The smoke, the flames, the aching lungs, the evacuations, they are Summertime facts of life in the US West, where every wildfire season competes with memories of previous destruction. This year was supposed to be mild after an extremely wet Winter and Spring […]

Insurer’s Catastrophic Losses Exceeded $175-B in 2016

Insurer’s Catastrophic Losses Exceeded $175-B in 2016

Insurer’s Catastrophic Losses Exceeded $175-B in 2016 A leading insurer reports that last year saw the highest costs from natural disasters since Y 2012, with 2 earthquakes in Japan in April accounting for the heaviest losses. Munich Re (FWB:MUV2) said in an annual survey Wednesday that losses from natural disasters totaled $175 billion last year, some […]

Wildfires Have Created “Widow Maker” Gaps along the Pacific Crest Trail

Wildfires Have Created “Widow Maker” Gaps along the Pacific Crest Trail

Wildfires Have Created “Widow Maker” Gaps along the Pacific Crest Trail Wildfires have created lengthy gaps in Southern California sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, which hikers must bypass via shuttles or alternate routes to avoid dangerous conditions like unstable trees and loose rocks. Long-distance backpackers are taking alternate routes around the closures for fear […]

Building Homes In SoCal Canyons With Extreme Fire Risk

Building Homes In SoCal Canyons With Extreme Fire Risk

Building Homes In SoCal Canyons With Extreme Fire Risk Hundreds of houses have sprouted in Orange County’ California’s Canyon Country in recent decades, many of them directly in the path of historic wildfire corridors. And more houses may be coming, depending on a local court case to be decided in the coming weeks. Complicating things […]