Birds Point/New Madrid: Pinhook

For those of you interested in flood control issues in the confluence region (i.e., the area where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers meet), check out Rebuild Pinhook. Pinhook, MO was devastated in the flood of 2011. Located in the middle of the Birds Point/New Madrid spillway, their homes and community was destroyed. The residents have been struggling to rebuild.  The website tells their story. In particular, take a look at the film they’ve posted, titled “God is My Lawyer — A Film About Pinhook, MO“.

You might want a box of tissue handy…

In Other News

It’s been a busy day… Here’s a couple of other stories we will be keeping our eyes on over the next while:

Earthquake in the Philippines

There’s been a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines. CNN is reporting that at least 67 are dead and 164 more are injured. Other sources, including the NYTimes is reporting the death toll at 93. The earthquake struck at 8:12 a.m. The NYT also states that no Tsunami warning has been posted because the earthquake was land-based.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cases Granted Cert

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agencies regulations on green house gases. Click here for NYTimes coverage, and here for the complete list of cases this covers via SCOTUSblog, which has further coverage here. The Court has consolidated six cases and limited the question to the following: “Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases.” Because of the link many people make between climate change, greenhouse emissions and the politics of disaster science, we’ll take a closer look at this case and others involving EPA regulations.