extreme weather

Hurricane Ian Hits Cuba, on Track to Deluge Tampa Bay

Hurricane Ian Hits Cuba, on Track to Deluge Tampa Bay

Hurricane Ian – now a Category 3 and set to strengthen into a Category 4 storm – made landfall near La Coloma in southwest Cuba around 4:30 am this morning, bringing with it sustained winds of 125 mph and storm surge pushing water as much as 14 feet above normal tide levels. The storm is […]

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    Hurricane Kay Could Be Rare Tropical Storm to Impact California

    Hurricane Kay Could Be Rare Tropical Storm to Impact California

    Hurricane Kay, which is currently churning off the coast of Baja California, could be the rare Northeast Pacific hurricane to impact the northern Mexican peninsula as well as drought-ravaged Southern California. The storm could bring relief to a state baking under a record-breaking September heat wave, but heavy rainfall poses risks as well.  “[I]t’s never […]

    California Heat Wave Breaks Records, Strains Grid

    California Heat Wave Breaks Records, Strains Grid

    The state of California entered September with record-breaking temperatures that strained its electrical grid.  The record toppling began Thursday, the first of the month, when Death Valley reported the highest temperature ever recorded in September on planet Earth. Then, on Monday, areas around the Bay Area recorded daily, monthly and one all-time high.  “It’s definitely […]

    Climate Change Leaves Flood Maps Outdated, FEMA Says

    Climate Change Leaves Flood Maps Outdated, FEMA Says

    Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deanne Criswell said the federal government’s flood maps are outdated following a rash of disastrous floods due to climate change-induced extreme levels of rainfall, reported The Guardian. “The part that’s really difficult right now is the fact that our flood maps don’t take into account excessive rain […]

    Pakistan Floods: What Role Did Climate Change Play?

    Pakistan Floods: What Role Did Climate Change Play?

    By Ben Clarke, Friederike Otto, and Luke Harrington Pakistan is experiencing the most devastating and widespread floods in its history, with the country’s climate minister saying waters have reached across a third of the nation. The growing tally of impacts is dire. More than 1,100 people have been killed, a million homes have been destroyed […]

    California Passes Massive Climate Legislation Package

    California Passes Massive Climate Legislation Package

    In the midst of wildfires, a late-summer heat wave and an ongoing drought, the state of California passed a rash of ambitious legislation this week to tackle the climate crisis.  Five of six climate-related bills championed by Governor Gavin Newsom passed the state legislature Wednesday, providing climate funding, limiting oil and gas wells and enshrining […]

    Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Relocate 2,500 Wild Animals to New Reserve

    Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Relocate 2,500 Wild Animals to New Reserve

    The effects of climate change are outpacing poaching as the No. 1 threat to wildlife. In Zimbabwe, officials are now moving more than 2,500 wild animals from a reserve in the southern part of the country further north due to an ongoing drought. Rangers are relying on trucks, cranes and even helicopters to move the animals from the drought-stricken area.