NEW YORK – Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and top leaders from around the world warned at the start of the Climate Week conference in New York that man-made climate change is a 95 percent certainty, calling for serious and urgent action to address the devastating disasters that have impacted the planet in recent times.
"This year is perhaps more critical than ever before," Blair said at the opening ceremony of the 5th annual Climate Week on Monday. "Here in the U.S., people's lives and livelihoods have been disturbed by extreme weather. The devastating floods of Colorado are a one in a thousand year event – and at the same time, 60 percent of the country is gripped in a severe drought."
Blair added that he is not pessimistic about the world's response to climate change, but is worried about the speed of progress. more >>
A massive fire broke out on the Seaside Park Boardwalk in New Jersey on Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m when firefighters responded to a call of flames coming from the popular Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard stand.
Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd told reporters that the fire began at Kohr's ice cream shop around 2:30 p.m., and strong southeast winds caused the flames to quickly spread to 19 other buildings on the boardwalk. Surrounding areas are now being evacuated and business workers from that section of the boardwalk, as well as firefighters, are reportedly being treated for smoke inhalation.
Boyd told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that he couldn't comment further on the ongoing blaze, adding: "We've got everyone in the county coming. We're in trouble here. We've got major problems." Additionally, the Star-Ledger noted that firefighters were ordered to pull back from the blaze around 4:30 p.m. due to the high intensity of the fire. more >>
Snooki and JWoww have officially been banned from filming on Pelican Island in the Jersey Shore. Town officials successfully stopped the duo from filming on the Island, citing zoning restrictions and the need to continue rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.
The pair wanted to film the upcoming season of their show in the area, but residents immediately began protesting and worked hard to prevent MTV from moving into the area and taking over.
"It is in a residential zone and is in violation of their ordinance," attorney Ron Gasiorowski told the Asbury Park Press. "There are other areas of the township where this type of activity could take place in zones where this would be covered. This is nothing personal. We are just asking that they follow the law like everyone else." more >>
One Great Hour of Sharing by The United Methodist Church is a program created to let the public know where and how they can help people after a disaster.
This program ensures the donations are covered for and they all go to the right place. More information is available here.
The tornadoes of Moore, Oklahoma and the surrounding Midwest have left the area in utter chaos and devastation. The United Methodist Church stresses some of the more important things with ways to help. more >>
"We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others." - Elisabeth Elliot
The recent tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma may have broken the spirits of a community and town, but it's in those heartbreaking moments that sometimes God places people in our lives to uplift and help carry the burden of despair with us. This is exactly the mission of worship duo All Sons & Daughters.
Hailing from Franklin, Tenn., Leslie Jordan and David Leonard are going above and beyond their music calling from God, not only are they giving praise to the Father but they are also serving his people that need it the most. more >>
Rebecca Vitsmun, the Oklahoma tornado survivor who told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she is an atheist, is going to be receiving tens of thousands of dollars in donations from the secular community, who decided to support her for speaking out about her non-belief.
"It's important that our community shows that we have your back when you come out publicly as an atheist," the Indiegogo Internet community Atheists Unite stated. "Let's show the world that you don't need to believe in a god to have human compassion nor does all charity fall under the banner of religion. Let's get this courageous woman and her family back in their own home."
Vitsmun managed to escape unharmed with her 19-month-old son on Monday after a tornado ripped through her home in Moore, Okla. A day later, when she was being interviewed on TV by Blitzer and asked if she was "thanking the Lord" for managing to escape on time, the mother said, "I'm actually an atheist." more >>