Death toll for Kentucky floods climbs to 28, with more storms coming

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The curated news page contains a roundup of the most compelling current and/or timeless news stories about climate change, pulled from the most significant sources— newspapers, scientific studies, magazines, books, films, available video and audio streams, universities and organizations. 

  • If you are curious about last year’s top stories: here’s a link to the most pertinent climate change stories from the New York Times in 2021
  • If you are interested in how the media understood and covered the incredible heat oppressing the Pacific Northwest in June and July, 2021, take a look at this very well analyzed and synthesized piece by Carbon Brief. 
  • If you are wondering about how climate change change was discussed as part of the television media coverage on the devastating Hurricane Ian, you might be interested in what Media Matters discovered as they explored that issue. 
  • To start with, the scientific facts: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that global warming is making storms like Ian stronger and wetter and even proved the extent to which human-caused warming has increased the damage caused by specific storms. Already, a study has suggested that Ian dumped 10% more rain than it would have otherwise due to climate change. Compounding the intensity of the storm are rising sea levels which multiply what can be the most dangerous aspect of storms on the coast: storm surge. 
  • With few exceptions, the relationship between our warming planet and the characteristics of Hurricane Ian were not part of national TV news coverage. MSNBC aired the most connections to climate among the cable networks, with 17, followed by CNN with 15. MSNBC and CNN combined aired 32 segments that mentioned climate change in relation to Hurricane Ian, or 4%. More on Fox News climate mentions below. “Media Matters explored the 57 hours of media coverage (including 1,020 segments) focused on Hurricane Ian between September 24-28 and found that only 4% of coverage connected the storm to climate change. Of the 46 times climate change was discussed, 7 of those mentions, all appearing on Fox News, were in the context of climate denial.

Death toll for Kentucky floods climbs to 28, with more storms coming

By Maria Sacchetti Photo: Arden S. Barnes/For The Washington Post
The death toll from severe flooding in eastern Kentucky has risen to 28 people, including several children, and the governor said more fatalities are expected as search-and-rescue teams go door-to-door in the Appalachian foothills to…
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The two-week scramble that saved Democrats’ climate agenda

By Tony Romm and Jeff Stein Photo: Tom Brenner/For the Washington Post
Five days after talks collapsed around Senate Democrats’ long-stalled package to combat climate change, temperatures were rising — literally and figuratively.
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Democrats got a climate bill. Joe Manchin got drilling, and more.

By Brad Plumer and Lisa Friedman Photo: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Along the way to the $369 billion package, the West Virginia senator secured an array of concessions for his state and for the fossil fuel industry.
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Sinema indicates she may want to change Schumer-Manchin deal

By Hans Nichols Photo: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) had a message for her Democratic colleagues before she flew home to Arizona for the weekend: She's preserving her options.
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Climate bill ‘transformative’ for auto and energy industries

By Jack Ewing and Ivan Penn Photo: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
The Senate’s proposal aims to accelerate electric car sales and promote domestic battery manufacturing at China’s expense.
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West Virginia punishes banks that it says don’t support coal

By David Gelles Photo: Kristian Thacker/The New York Times
The move to exclude the institutions from state business is part of a growing effort by Republican officials to shut out companies that are backing away from fossil fuels.
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How the Schumer-Manchin climate bill might impact you and change the U.S.

By Jeff Stein, Maxine Joselow and Rachel Roubein Photo: Emily Wright/The Washington Post
4The package, if smaller than Democrats’ initial ambitions, would transform huge sectors of the U.S. economy and affect millions of Americans.
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NOAA tool now brings disaster risk, vulnerability down to community level

Photo: Neil Fischer/National Weather Service
A comprehensive update to NOAA’s Billion Dollar Disasters mapping tool now includes U.S. census tract data – providing many users with local community-level awareness of hazard risk, exposure and vulnerability across more than 100 combinations…
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Manchin, in reversal, agrees to quick action on climate and tax plan

By Emily Cochrane, Jim Tankersley and Lisa Friedman Pete Marovich/The New York Times
The West Virginia Democrat, a holdout on his party’s domestic agenda, said the package would reduce inflation, a concern he had cited in rejecting it just weeks ago.
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How is the jet stream connected to heat waves across the globe?

By Leslie Hook Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images
The deadly heat waves that have fueled blazes and caused transport disruptions in Europe, the U.S. and China this month have one thing in common: a peculiar shape in the jet stream dubbed “wavenumber 5.”
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