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December 27, 2007

Insurance Lawsuit Alleges Price Fixing

Filed under: Disaster Insurance — Tags: , , , — John Banta @ 12:51 pm

According to a December 27th on-line story a lawsuit has been filed by Attorney General Charles Foti in Orleans Parish Civil District Court alleging collusion, price-fixing and anti-trust violations by six major insurance companies as a result of claims filed from Katrina. If successful, this suit could have wide reaching implications for the insurance industry. The details are available at:

 http://www.claims-portal.com/npps/story.cfm?nppage=1779

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December 23, 2007

The Story Of Stuff

Filed under: Answers to Questions — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 2:16 pm

Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change   I’ve posted “The Story of Stuff” with Annie Leonard here. This is worth seeing. It is broken into seven chapters here, or you can follow the link in my blogroll at the right to see the entire larger screen uninterrupted video. According to the producers:

“The The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”

 Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Extraction

Chapter 3 – Production

Chapter 4 – Distribution

Chapter 5 – Consumption

Chapter 6 – Disposal

Chapter 7 – Another Way

December 21, 2007

Increasing Incidence of Ice Storms

Filed under: Freezing/Melting — Tags: , , , — John Banta @ 6:35 pm

Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change  This may seem counter-intuitive, but the increasing incidence of ice storms is being connected with climate change. The December 9th and 10th ice storms in Oklahoma and surrounding states has set records for causing power outages. Oklahoma Gas and Electric has indicated that over half of their customers lost power due to the storms for the first time ever.

So how can an ice storm be associated with global warming? Warmer temperatures mean the upper atmosphere can hold more moisture. When this moisture condenses it begins to fall as rain. If surface conditions are below freezing, the rain drops freeze and become ice. When upper atmosphere temperatures are cold the water falls as snow not rain. Snow is less damaging since it weighs about 1/10th as much as ice. So global warming is resulting in more ice storms because the snow doesn’t form.

December 15, 2007

Ontario Canada Climate Change

Filed under: Ontario Canada — Tags: — John Banta @ 8:13 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for Ontario, Canada at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionont_cli.html

Wisconsin Climate Change

Filed under: Wisconsin — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:12 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Wisconsin at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionwis_cli.html

Ohio Climate Change

Filed under: Ohio — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:12 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Ohio at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionohi_cli.html

Minnesota

Filed under: Minnesota — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:11 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Minnesota at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionmin_cli.html

Michigan Climate Change

Filed under: Michigan — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:10 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Michigan at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionmic_cli.html

Indiana Climate Change

Filed under: Indiana — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:09 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Indiana at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionind_cli.html

Illinois Climate Change

Filed under: Illinois — Tags: , — John Banta @ 8:09 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has posted climate change information for the state of Illinois at: http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glregionill_cli.html

Based on these projections, problems with expansive clay soil and trapped moisture are likely to increase.

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