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  • Insurance Industry Grapples With Climate Change Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city

    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
    Damaged vehicles in parking lot of St. John's Hospital after tornado hit in Joplin, Missouri.

    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
    Hurricane

    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

    Private-sector meteorologists are selling customized weather data to a myriad of enterprises — from agriculture to construction to transportation .

  • Heat From Midwest to NY Not Taking Weekend Off Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 | 8:50 AM ET
    Pigeons cool by a fountain during the heatwave.

    A heat wave that spread from the Midwest to the Northeast tormented millions of people with blasts of 100-degree temperatures and bog-like humidity as blackouts struck neighborhoods and deaths were blamed on the hot weather.

  • Heat Wave May Hit Corn Crop—And Food Prices Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 3:51 PM ET

    If the scorching heat wave continues much longer, there could be an impact on the U.S. corn crop—and on consumer's wallets.

  • Drought Spreads Pain From Florida to Arizona Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 10:37 AM ET
    RIZHAO, CHINA - JANUARY 24: (CHINA OUT) A villager inspects the drought situation on his farmland on January 24, 2011 in Rizhao, Shandong province of China. Facing shortage of water, local government plans to invest 275 million yuan, about 41.7 million US dollars, to build a set of irrigation projects, after a severe drought hit the Sandong Province covering a reported area of more than 20, 106. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

    Farmers with the money and equipment to irrigate are running wells dry in an unseasonably early and particularly brutal national drought that some say could rival the Dust Bowl days. The pain has spread across 14 states, from Florida, where severe water restrictions are in place, to Arizona, the New York Times reports.

  • "In addition to the shock value...we need to seriously question whether a double dip is there. I would say it's back on the table," says one strategist.

  • Australia Takes the Lead in Trading Water Sunday, 3 Jul 2011 | 10:34 PM ET

    Is water the next big investment idea? Australia is sure betting on it.  The industry is valued at up to $27 billion in Australia, while last year alone over $3 billion in water rights were traded in the open market.

  • Corn Prices, Agriculture Stocks and Your Wallet Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 2:26 PM ET

    Corn futures are trading near all-time highs and look to climb even higher as the U.S. crop faces tight supplies and surging demand. Here's what it means for your wallet and for some agriculture stocks.

  • China’s Nuclear Freeze to Last Until 2012 Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 9:23 AM ET
    Nuclear Power Plant

    China’s freeze on new nuclear projects could last until the beginning of 2012, according to a senior industry official, underlining the gravity of China’s nuclear safety review. The FT reports.

  • Five Things to Watch: Auto Sales and More Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 10:58 PM ET
    Steering wheel

    Raised debt ceiling rejected, May auto sales slumped and the LinkedInIPO emulated. Here's what we're watching...

  • Higher Storm Damage Could Help Insurance Stocks Monday, 23 May 2011 | 1:50 PM ET
    Residents walking down street after a tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

    It's been a stormy year for U.S. property insurers, and hurricane season hasn't even started yet. But shares of these companies could be jumping if a bad year in weather prompts premium increases.

  • Don't Fly Into Volcanic Cloud: Ryanair CEO Monday, 23 May 2011 | 3:07 AM ET
    Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary

    European airlines should be allowed to deal with the consequences of the most recent Icelandic volcano eruption themselves, Michael O’Leary, the chief executive of Ryanair told CNBC Monday.

  • Energy Falls Despite 'Above Average' Hurricane Forecast Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 1:45 PM ET

    The federal government’s main weather forecasting agency warns of an “above average” hurricane season this summer, yet the energy market yawns...

  • Rainy Day Investing: Grain Prices Expected to Rebound Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 2:20 PM ET
    Roy Presson (C) embraces his daughters Catherine (L) and Amanda as they stand on the edge of State Highway HH looking out at their family farm on May 3, 2011 at Wyatt, Missouri. The Presson home and 2,400 acres of land that they farmed was flooded last night when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a massive hole in a levee at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to help save the town of Cairo, Illinois.

    Experts in the corn, wheat and soy markets expect the sharp pullback in recent weeks to be little more than a temporary correction as heavy rain and strong demand cause prices to rebound.

  • Scenes From The 2011 Tornadoes Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    2011 has been a tough year for US residents in areas affected by tornadoes. Most recently, Joplin, Missouri was hit by a massive tornado that is thought to be the deadliest in 60 years. Earlier in the year, dozens of massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the Southeastern U.S., killing at least 250 people in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris. Although the economic losses are not yet clear, the devastation caus

    2011 has been a difficult year for those in the South and Midwest United States. Following are a collection of images that show the destruction created from the tornadoes this year.

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