Analysts are estimating that Hurricane Michael has caused billions of dollars of damage and will create a substantial loss for insurers, but the industry is expected to cope — once again avoiding the kind of meltdown that Florida saw in the 1990s, after Hurricane Andrew.

It’s still too early for a full accounting of the financial fallout. And insurance adjusters — like residents, utilities and rescue teams — have grappled with blocked roads and downed communication systems as they try to quantify the extent of the damage.

Carl Nemeth, special investigative unit manager at Tower Hill Insurance, spoke to NPR from the outskirts of Panama City, Fla., over the weekend, explaining that there were still roads that weren’t safe to travel on. That has meant processing insurance claims for properties neither owners nor adjusters could yet access.

“In situations like that, we’re relying on aerial imagery … so if we can’t get to the site or get a look at it, at least we can get a decent picture of what’s going on,” he said.

Michael Will Cost Insurers Billions, But Won’t Overwhelm Industry, Analysts Say

Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images
Caption: Destroyed homes and debris are seen near Port St. Joe, Fla., on Friday, two days after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle. 


One of Germany’s oldest forests is about to be destroyed for lignite!

The Hambacher Forst is 12,000 years old and the oldest trees about 350 years old and is home to many animals and plants.

But now the energy company RWE wants to clear it to get lignite for coal-fired Power stations.

There are 150 activists that try to save it but get brutally dispelled by 3500 policemen. 17 got arrested, many got hurt.

Please, sign the petition to stop the clearing!

I’m sorry that it’s German, I hope it also works for those who don’t understand German or live in Germany.
We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN
The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
By Jonathan Watts


There’s a light in the night sky over Canada that’s puzzling scientists. It looks like a white-purple ribbon. It’s very hot, and doesn’t last long. And it’s named STEVE.

STEVE: as in, Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.


Scientists don’t actually know what’s causing the atmospheric phenomenon, which has been known to amateur photographers of the night sky for decades but only recently came to the attention of researchers.

But in research published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, they pin down what it definitely isn’t. It’s not an aurora.

An aurora is a phenomenon that causes parts of the sky at high latitudes to glow colors such as green, blue or red. It has to do with electrons and protons from a region around the Earth called the magnetosphere.

Scientists Are Puzzled By Mysterious Lights In The Sky. They Call Them STEVE

Photo: Ryan Sault
Caption: Alberta Aurora Chasers captured STEVE in April in British Columbia, Canada. STEVE is the narrow ribbon of white-purple hues overhead, and the vibrant green light on the right is an aurora located further north.