1. Eyjafjallajökull eruption, 2010
An exotic new swear word echoed through European airports in April and May of 2010. Cries of "Eyjafjallajökull!" — it's pronounced "ay-uh-fyat-luh-yo-cootl-uh," hardly a four-letter word — referred to an Icelandic volcano whose massive ash emissions (pictured) drifted into transatlantic and European airspace, posing a hazard to aircraft engines. The result? The largest air-traffic shutdown since World War II, with more than 100,000 cancellations affecting around 10 million passengers. This was undoubtedly a drag for fliers, but the cost to the airline industry? Close to $2 billion. So that's why the dry roasted almonds aren't free anymore ...
North Carolina’s barrier islands, known as the Outer Banks, are eroding as the sea level rises. This means some land—and homes—will be swallowed by oce... More North Carolina’s barrier islands, known as the Outer Banks, are eroding as the sea level rises. This means some land—and homes—will be swallowed by ocean, and the people who live there must cope with the immediate impacts of climate change. Money has been spent to keep the sand in place, but Mother Nature keeps pushing back. Read more about the changes happening in the Outer Banks: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/special-features/2014/07/140725-outer-banks-north-carolina-sea-level-rise-climate/
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