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Do You Live In One of the 16 Cities at Risk of Climate Fueled Storm Surges?
By Phil Aroneanu
Those of us who live in low-lying places like Dhaka, Bangladesh, New York City or Dresden, Germany, know what a storm surge looks like: subways flooding, houses washed away, people left homeless, and disrupted lives and livelihoods.
Hurricane Sandy alone, fueled by Atlantic Ocean waters that were five degrees warmer than normal, caused more than $60 billion in destruction and left tens of thousands homeless. A new report from CoreLogic details how 16 cities on the East and Gulf coasts of the U.S. might fare with sea-level rise and climate-fueled storm surges.
The numbers are staggering. All told, 4.2 million homes are at risk of storm surges in these areas, which represents about $1.1 trillion of property. The likelihood of these kinds of dangerous and costly surges is intensified by sea-level rise, as represented by the blue maps. For those that say the costs of transitioning to clean energy are too onerous, these maps and the background data help paint a picture of the costs of inaction.
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More than 1,000 miles of shoreline in Brazil are now contaminated by a mysterious oil spill. that has lasted for weeks as the country struggles to clean what may be its largest oil spill in history.
By Heather Cruickshank
Trillions of bacteria and other microbes live in the human digestive system. Together, they form a community that's known as the gut microbiota.
Many bacteria in the microbiota play important roles in human health, helping to metabolize food, strengthen intestinal integrity and protect against disease.
The Trump administration is rolling back protections for endangered California fish species, a move long sought by a group of wealthy farmers that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt continued to lobby for months before he began working for the administration, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
By Gretchen Goldman
The Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel has released their consensus recommendations to the EPA administrator on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. The group of 20 independent experts, that were disbanded by Administrator Wheeler last October and reconvened last week, hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, has now made clear that the current particulate pollution standards don't protect public health and welfare.