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Longer, more frequent outages afflict the U.S. power grid as states fail to prepare for climate change

By Douglas MacMillan and Will Englund Photo: Cornell Watson
Every time a storm lashes the Carolina coast, the power lines on Tonye Gray’s street go down, cutting her lights and air conditioning. After Hurricane Florence in 2018, Gray went three days with no way…
10/24/21
                                                               

U.S. Warns Climate Poses ‘Emerging Threat’ to Financial System

By Alan Rappeport and Christopher Flavelle Photo: Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times
A Financial Stability Oversight Council report could lead to more regulatory action and disclosure requirements for banks.
10/21/21
                                                               
NPR

Floods threaten to shut down a quarter of U.S. roads and critical buildings

By Jeffrey Pierre
A quarter of the roads in the United States would be impassable during a flood, according to a new study by First Street Foundation that looks at flooding threats to the country's critical infrastructure.
10/14/21
                                                               

Rising Temperatures Will Change Air Conditioning Use—But Not How You Might Expect

By Molly Taft Photo: Altaf Qadri (AP)
After a summer of deadly heat, the future of air conditioning in a world marked by rising temperatures has come sharply into focus. While some research has indicated we could “essentially cook ourselves” if the…
10/13/21
                                                               

Disaster fatigue is getting worse with more billion-dollar extreme weather events

By Jen Brady Photo: Getty Images/Twitter
Major hurricanes are devastating coastal communities and bringing flooding thousands of miles inland. Wildfires are burning for months. Heatwaves are scorching places where people don’t have air conditioning. Events like these have all happened just…
10/10/21
                                                               

After Hurricane Ida, Oil Infrastructure Springs Dozens of Leaks

By Blacki Migliozzi and Hiroko Tabuchi
When Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast with near 150 mile-per-hour winds on Aug. 30, it left a trail of destruction. The storm also triggered the most oil spills detected from space after a…
09/26/21
                                                               
AP

AgCenter: Ida agriculture damage at least $584M in Louisiana

Photo: Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter via AP
Hurricane Ida’s winds and floods did at least $584 million in damage to agriculture in Louisiana, experts at the LSU AgCenter estimate. More than half of that — $315.9 million — is timber damage, with…
09/24/21
                                                               

Can the economy afford NOT to fight climate change?

By Dana Nuccitelli
Those opposing a fast transition to renewable energy and other aggressive action to fight catastrophic climate change often argue that the economic costs would be too great. Now, with the proliferation of extreme hurricanes, droughts,…
09/19/21
                                                               

Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns

By Christopher Flavelle Photo: Mike Belleme , The New York Times
 It’s been almost five years since Hurricane Matthew flooded this small town on the coastal plain of North Carolina. But somehow, the damage keeps getting worse.
09/02/21
                                                               

UN: Weather disasters more common, costly but less deadly than in the past

By Jacob Knutson Photo: Luke Sharrett , Bloomberg
Weather-related disasters have become more common and more costly over the past 50 years but so far have killed fewer people than catastrophes in the past, according to a new report from the United Nations' weather agency.
09/01/21