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Hurricane Irene 2011 -howling winds,falling trees,aftermath:flooding; state of emergency in 11 states & DC, 4 million lost power

Destruction: Route 12 on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, after Irene swept through the area, cutting the roadway in five locations

From above: A NASA Goddard Space Flight Center handout photo taken aboard the International Space Station shows an image of Hurricane Irene off the U.S. East Coast


Hurricane Irene - Nassau, Bahamas

High tide: A lighthouse-shaped building is battered by storm surge and winds from Hurricane Irene in Montauk, New York, as the U.S. East Coast was battered

Nowhere to go: Jarod Wilton looks at the flood waters rising to his doorstep, in Alliance, North Carolina

Unhinged: The hurricane force winds of Irene rip the siding off of homes on Nags Head, North Carolina

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Irene’s Damage: Deaths, Flooding, Power Losses State-by-State

Hurricane Irene killed at least 15 people from Puerto Rico to New York, caused an estimated $3 billion in damage and cut electric power to more than 4 million homes and businesses across the eastern U.S.  read more »

Photo of the Day: "I think that there is probably nothing as beautiful as a full disc image of Earth..."

Full Disk Image of Earth Captured August 24, 2011
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Full Disc Image Shows Hurricane Irene (Photo of the Day)
I think that there is probably nothing as beautiful as a full disc image of Earth, though I would like it if I could find one that didn’t focus on the Americas. Either way, this most recent image was taken on August 24, 2011, by the NASA/NOAA GOES-13 satellite. In the middle of the image can be seen Hurricane Irene as it sweeps in over the Bahamas at 12 miles per hour. To the right is the far west corner of Africa, and you can just see the Antarctic Peninsula down the bottom, reaching up to try and meet the southern tip of South America.

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Images courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Oilsands protest goes Hollywood;Margot Kidder plays Earth Mother for real, expects to be arrested as some are already handcuffed

demonstrations have been taking place outside the White House against tar sand pipeline from Canada to US

US Park Police officer handcuffs and arrests a protestor over a proposed pipeline to bring tar sands oil to the US from Canada

Margot Kidder expects to be arrested in a tar sands protest in Washington

US Park Police officers handcuff and arrest protestors over a proposed pipeline to bring tar sands oil from Canada, in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

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More arrests on second day of oil pipeline protests
A Toronto woman was among those arrested on the second day of a mass protest held outside the White House to denounce a planned pipeline that would transport Canadian oil from Alberta to Texas. Dozens of protesters were removed by U.S. Park Police on Sunday for failing to obey orders governing demonstrations on the grounds of the White House.

Patricia Warwick, 68, of Toronto, and a 65-year-old woman from Massachusetts were arrested shortly before noon and by the end of the day about 50 people had been detained. U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser said late Sunday everyone arrested was later released.  read more »

Mexico: "no-take" solution brings life back to ocean - depleted marine reserve sees fish increase fourfold in single decade

the no-take reserve at Cabo Pulmo is full of fish schools

a 1.2-meter-long gulf grouper (Mycteroperca jordani) is among the large predators that have returned to Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park after a fishing ban

A group of bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) forms a spawning aggregation. Such populations have returned to the waters of the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park after a fishing ban.

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An Ocean Miracle in Cabo Pulmo National Park, Baja California, Mexico - Can We Have More of This, Please?
For generations we have been taking fish out of the ocean at a rate faster than they can reproduce. The problem is that there are fewer and fewer fish to meet an ever-increasing demand. The solution is simply to take less so that we can continue eating fish for a longer time.

Opponents of conservation, however, argue that regulating fishing will destroy jobs and hurt the economy - but they are wrong, and there are real-world examples that prove this. A scientific study published today by the Public Library of Science shows that protecting an area brings the fish back, and creates jobs and increases economic revenue for the local communities. I have seen it with my own eyes and, believe me, it is like a miracle, only that it is not - it’s just common business sense.  read more »

Over 100F (38C) for 38 consecutive days and counting: US heatwave August 2011, excessive heat warnings for 12 states

record heatwave in US: summer 2011
[Aug 5, 2011] A heat wave affected southern US states from California to North Carolina, and temperatures topped 100F (38C) in parts of Texas for the 38th consecutive day.
extreme heat and drought in TX, summer 2011
Texans have endured over a month of extreme heat and drought.

record heatwave in US: summer 2011

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The South burns! Dallas sizzles in more than 100 degree heat for 38th day in a row - and looks set to break 1980 record of 42 days

Record breaking temperatures scorched the South today, with Dallas baking under more that 100F heat for the 38th day in a row. After enduring a high of 108F today, forecasts suggest there will be no let up in the area, with temperatures continuing to rage until well into next week. If, as meteorologists predict, the mercury keeps hitting above 100F every day until Sunday, the state will break a 31 year record for the longest running heatwave.  read more »

Photo: US narrowly avoids default.. $14.3 trillion debt.. 7-year-old girl holds sign in Washington DC - "Why Do I Owe $46,000?"

*Update* March 19, 2012 - http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/ - "The Outstanding Public Debt as of 19 Mar 2012 is: $15,580,446,972,442
The estimated population of US is 312,429,020
Each citizen's share of this debt is $49,868.76.
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $4.02 billion per day since September 28, 2007!"

Not happy: Holly Matthews, aged seven, of Kansas City, Missouri, holds a sign supporting a balanced budget amendment, just before the House voted to pass debt legislation
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[Aug. 2, 2011] Holly Matthews, 7, of Kansas City, Mo., holds a sign supporting a balanced budget amendment just before the House voted Monday to pass debt legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington.

BARE BASSINET: Weld County Sheriff’s Deputy Mary Schwartz reached out to a toddler as a home-foreclosure eviction was carried out in Milliken, Colo., Wednesday.

08/17/2011 abcnews.com 14.7M Children in Poverty One child out of every five in the U.S. suffers from hunger - stunning key findings

11/23/2011 CNN Report: 1 in 5 U.S. children at risk of hungerThe number of families that struggle to get enough food has increased in recent years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that in 2010, 14.5% of households in US -- about 17.2 million -- lacked the resources to provide enough food for everybody.  read more »

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