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How Does Climate Change Affect Real Estate Prices?

By Andrew Dehan

Whether you notice it or not, climate change is affecting the world around us. From droughts to fires to rising amounts of hurricanes, we’re noticing how our world is changing. These changes are causing shifts in the real estate market.

02/27/22
                                                               

Cities worldwide aren’t adapting to climate change quickly enough

By John Rennie Short Photo: AP Photo/John Froschauer

Climate change is magnifying threats such as flooding, wildfires, tropical storms and drought. In 2020 the U.S. experienced a record-breaking 22 weather and climate disasters that each caused at least US$1 billion in damage. So far in 2021, the count stands at 18.

10/20/21
                                                               

A New Tool to Balance Clean Energy and Wildlife Habitats in Maine

By David M. Kuchta Photo: Danita Delimont / Getty Images

As we face the dual crises of climate change1 and biodiversity loss,2 a new digital tool helps expand virtually carbon-free energy without sacrificing the wildlife habitats that support biodiversity. In Maine, the innovative Renewable Energy Siting Tool is a newly released interactive map that allows the state’s municipalities and clean energy developers to identify optimal sites for solar and onshore wind projects while avoiding those with sensitive wildlife habitats or other constraints.

10/13/21
                                                               

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
                                                               

What would it take to put all our electric lines underground to prevent outages?

By Will Englund Photo: Gerald Herbert , AP

Hurricane Ida plunged more than 1 million customers on the Gulf Coast into darkness, and then knocked out power to another 200,000 in the Northeast on Wednesday night. The chief culprit, especially as the storm first came ashore, was the wind — blowing trees, roofs, signs and assorted other debris into the transmission lines, and, in Bridge City, La., knocking down a major utility tower.

09/02/21
                                                               

How cities can achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

By Shu Wang and Ripin Kalra

Cities generate markets and cultures that come at a consequential cost and cause irrecoverable damage to the environment—climate change. Economies and society are significant barriers to achieving global targets such as the Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

08/31/21
                                                               

Keep Fuel Dollars Local By Switching To EVs

By Carolyn Fortuna

Let’s step back from this norm about fueling dollars and think about it a bit more closely. Wouldn’t it make sense to focus on generating electricity locally, so consumers can shift to electric transportation and save money as they plug in? Wouldn’t EVs that source electricity locally keep transportation expenditures recirculating through local economies?

08/30/21
                                                               

This year’s extreme fires and floods may change what Americans think about climate change, our research finds

By Leanne Giordono , Hilary Boudet and Chad Zanocco Photo: Ethan Swope , AP

The latest United Nations climate report concludes that human-caused climate change is “a code red for humanity,” as the U.N. secretary general put it. That threat is visible in a slew of unprecedented events across the globe.

08/19/21
                                                               

US communities say dire predictions in UN climate report already unfolding

By Rachel Frazin

For many U.S. communities, the bleak predictions laid out in a new United Nations climate change report are more a reflection of the present and not just what’s to come.

08/17/21
                                                               
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U.S. infrastructure projects in need of funding

The snapshot below presents infrastructure projects in cities around the nation pending public or private investment, most of which respond to years of deterioration and the need for enhanced climate and environmental resilience. Addressing these needs will also spur significant jobs creation across sectors, integrate the voices of historically marginalized communities in planning and focus financial flows for maximum community and social benefit.

07/29/21