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  • Homes of the Future Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 4:35 PM ET
    Since time immemorial, mankind has dreamed of what the future might hold. Would advances in medicine neuter deadly diseases as yet unconquerable? Would advances in science lead to the exploration of distant star systems? Would advances in architecture make houses look all curvy, like on the animated TV show "The Jetsons"?In the middle decades of the 20th century, homes of the future were uniformly depicted in films and television shows as identical, no matter the purpose or location. A three-bed

    Some of the designs are bold, some are bizarre, and some seem unlikely to get past the drafting table.

  • CNBC Poll: Is FEMA Doing A Good Job? Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:38 AM ET
    Stormy Weather - A CNBC Special Report

    Six years after Hurricane Katrina and countless subsequent disasters many are still questioning the effectiveness of  the Federal Emergency Management Agency . 

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    Insurers call windstorm coverage — including  hurricanes, tornadoes, and hail — the  "market of last resort,"  which comes with its own special rates applied to areas most prone to disaster.

  • Stormy Weather - A CNBC Special Report

    This year has already been a record one for storm damage, with more severe weather of all kinds.

  • Disaster Prevention Spawns a Cottage Industry Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:34 AM ET
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    A not-so-small cottage industry is now built around disaster preparation. While it never hurts to be prepared, say experts, how much of this industry is actually playing into people’s fears?

  • Insurance Industry Grapples With Climate Change Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
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    To what degree a catastrophic event might be caused by climate change is impossible to measure at this stage, so global warming isn’t being directly priced into insurance premiums.

  • Cleaning Up On The Clean-Up of Natural Disasters Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
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    Companies like ServiceMaster,  ServPro, Disaster Kleenup International and the Signature Group are ready to mobilize workers by the hundreds to respond to catastrophe for days and weeks on end.

  • Homeowners Face a Tricky Property Insurance Market Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:30 AM ET
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    Homeowner insurance costs and coverage vary widely state to state, forcing many consumers to navigate multiple policies and pay multiple premiums to cover one home. 

  • Natural Gas

    New pipelines and high storage levels will combine to prevent a repeat of 2005 when hurricanes Katrina and Rita interrupted supply and prices spiked.

  • A forest burns during a backburn operation to fight the Wallow Firen in Nutrioso, Arizona.

    Wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres—an even considered rare 30 years ago—are now the rule rather than the exception, according to a 2008 paper by the National Center for Policy analysis.

  • FireIce, by GelTech Solutions

    With the ever-growing encroachment of people into formerly rural, wildfire-prone areas you have the recipe for disaster — and a potential opportunity for businesses with products designed to help homeowners cope with the fires.

  • Business Forecast — Good Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:26 AM ET
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    Private-sector meteorologists are selling customized weather data to a myriad of enterprises — from agriculture to construction to transportation .

  • Tamminen: Beware Of The Law of Unintended Consequences Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 11:27 AM ET
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    The House of Representatives has proposed legislation to cut Environmental Protection Agency funding by almost 20 percent and curtail its ability to tackle a wide range of pollution issues.

  • Power Transmission Companies Are Hot: Analyst Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 11:19 AM ET

    The summer heat is intense over most of the U.S. this week and the nation's power grid "is holding up" despite "some pretty serious load," Baird senior policy analyst Christine Tezak told CNBC Friday.

  • Can the Grid Take the Heat? Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 10:32 AM ET
    Can the Grid Take the Heat?

    As the temperatures rise, the air conditioners come on, but will the electric grid be able t handle the increased load? Insight with Caroline Dorsa, Public Service Enterprise Group chief financial officer.

  • Scrap Metal Thieves May Have Stolen Warhead Parts Sunday, 17 Jul 2011 | 7:17 AM ET

    A train transporting defense gear from Romania to Bulgaria was broken into and military equipment went missing, Romanian military prosecutors said in a statement on Sunday.

  • 10 Minutes That Changed Southwest Airlines' Future Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
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    Southwest Airlines is known for its low-priced fares and unmatched profitability in the industry—38 profitable years in a row, according to the company. Part of the profitability comes from Southwest’s ability to get  airplanes in and out of the gate faster than its competitors.

  • Utility Shelves Ambitious Plan to Limit Carbon Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 1:49 PM ET
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    A major American utility is shelving the nation’s most prominent effort to capture carbon dioxide from an existing coal-burning power plant, dealing a severe blow to efforts to rein in emissions responsible for global warming.

  • How Southwest Airlines Beat the Wright Amendment Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:31 PM ET
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    Forty years ago, Southwest Airlines made its debut as a small airline in Dallas, Texas, struggling to keep pace in the business. Today, Southwest is the top domestic carrier in the United States. But on the way to becoming the travel bellwether it is now, Southwest has been met with plenty of tension and turbulence.

  • Southwest suffers from the same ills that plague the rest of the industry: cycles of boom followed by bouts of financial Armageddon, severe competition, and overregulation. Our exception is attributable to the way our employees have responded to these challenges by taking care of each other and taking care of our customers.