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Pattern of Unexpected Weather Conditions Continue in the South-Central United States

Summary: The South-Central United States have been traumatized from the multiple severe and unpredicted weather conditions that have arisen in 2021 alone. Currently, there is a high risk of injury due to the flooding and rain, primarily in Louisiana and Texas. With over thirty million people being given a flash flood warning, water levels are continuing to increase in certain areas. Many have evacuated their homes in search of drier land and a temporary place to stay. Baton Rouge, Louisiana is offering ferry boats to help shuttle people to hotels safely to prevent people from attempting to drive. Some measurements have reported over three feet of water, making other forms of transportation virtually unusable. Five deaths are being investigated for being the result of the weather and being stranded in trapped situations. Although not many people have reported injuries, the death toll goes to show the dangers of the current climate crisis and the devastating effects. Some of the towns being hit the hardest had just finished, or were currently working on, recovering from the two hurricanes that had recently struck the area. Additionally, tornado watches have also been released in parts of Texas, and the combination between the rain and wind may be catastrophic.

Reflection: Ohio is relatively safe from natural disasters and  I  am not sure if  I  have ever been more grateful. Reading about the horrible situation described in this article was difficult, as it affected so many people. Families were evacuated from their homes and emergency service workers are working tirelessly, and yet no one has the power to truly fix it. The occurrence is purely the result of a constantly changing climate and any reports were not able to predict or anticipate the sheer ferocity at which the flooding would occur. It greatly upsets me that some of the areas that have been most affected were also those that suffered the greatest from the hurricanes, as they have already experienced enough turns and losses in their lives.

Five deaths in Louisiana being investigated as weather-related as heavy rains deluge state CNN Article

To-do on your next trip to Romania

Summary: Bran’s Castle, located in Romania, is said to be of similar resemblance to that of Count Dracula, a character in Bram Stoker’s 1897 book “Dracula”. Historians want to clarify that while the character of Dracula was rumored to be based off of Vlad the Impaler, Bran Castle has no connection to Vlad and is… Continue Reading

The Recent Efforts to Update the Colosseum

Summary: A recent announcement declared efforts to reconstruct Rome’s famous Colosseum’s floors to allow visitors to better understand what the structure was like for those who once used it. The Colosseum is largely regarded as an extraordinary feat, as it was built nearly two thousand years ago in 80 A.D. by ancient Romans and still… Continue Reading

Endangered elephants at risk with new Zimbabwe announcement

Summary: Zimbabwe recently announced a new precedent that allows up to five hundred hunting licenses to be granted regarding the right to shoot elephants. Although some, specifically a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, claim that the policy is aimed towards gaining more revenue, which has significantly slowed since tourism restrictions have… Continue Reading

Pollution: Why and How It Can Be Addressed

Plastic pollution has been around ever since the material was invented in 1907, but the level at which it is harming the environment and building up in oceans, specifically the Pacific, is growing faster than it has throughout history. This debris mainly comes from plastics, which includes medical supplies, cigarette filters, cans, and fishing gear.… Continue Reading

Floating Hotels: Science Fiction or Reality?

Floating hotel concept creates its own electricity CNN Article Summary: In a growing world of eco friendly design, floating hotels have quickly grown in attention and popularity, as they reap many benefits for improving the current environmental status of the world. A Turkish designer recently proposed a rotating, on-water hotel that is able to create… Continue Reading

Northern Lights Making Sounds: Fact or Fiction?

Summary: The Northern Lights, more scientifically known as the Aurora Borealis, have been reported to be making small noises by many indigenous people throughout history. Despite these claims, not much has been done towards a scientific explanation for the sounds, as many scientists discount the theory that the lights could be audible; however, scientists such… Continue Reading