A heat wave and tinder-dry brush have created a dynamic, dangerous situation with the most menacing brushfires in nearly two decades.
The native nations of the Dakotas have already seen the deadly effects of the "pipelines of death" on the native communities of western Canada.
Oil trains throughout the U.S. are literally crashing and burning. One could easily produce a long list of such disasters from last year alone. Another incident can now be added to that list.
On this day in 1991, a powerful cyclone with winds over 150 mph hit Bangladesh. At least 138,000 people were killed and most food crops were washed away or destroyed.
On this day in 1986, continuing high levels of radiation emerging from the Chernobyl disaster led Soviet authorities to publically announce the accident.
It became the worst disaster in the country in 1938 and one of the worst coal mining disasters in Virginia history.
Today is the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and dumped more than 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a three month period in 2010.
The tremor and fires resulting from it destroyed 80 percent of the city.
The volcano, which began rumbling on Apr. 5, killed almost 100,000 people directly and indirectly.
Though smaller than the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010, when it omes to the amount of spillage the incident may grow, with everything and everyone from wildlife to workers currently paying the price.