In 2021, war, persecution and other human rights abuses forced 89.3 million people to flee their homes. By 2050, the climate crisis could raise that number to more than one billion. But in the immediate aftermath of an invasion or an extreme weather event, where will those people stay while waiting for a safe and […]
American homes in flood zones are overvalued by hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Low-income homeowners in states controlled by Republicans are especially at risk of seeing their home values deflate as global warming accelerates.
Torrential storms soaked California and set off flooding across the state this weekend. The heavy rainfall was caused by one of the many atmospheric river events to hit the state this winter. Californians have seen hundreds of inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains and rain elsewhere in the state since January. Atmospheric rivers, long, narrow bands of moisture in the atmosphere that extend from the tropics, are responsible for most of the flood damage in the United States.
After bringing a “once-in-a-generation” snowfall to the California mountains, an extreme weather system moved eastward late last week and into the weekend, bringing high winds to the Southeast and more snow to the Midwest and Northeast. The storm system knocked out power for nearly half a million people and led to at least 13 deaths, […]
In 2019, an archipelago in the Russian Arctic Ocean declared a state of emergency when an aurora of polar bears muscled their way into a settlement and began nosing through the garbage. At the time, experts said that the climate crisis likely caused the polar bear invasion, as dwindling sea ice forced them to seek […]
The usually mild West Coast is seeing an unusually snowy winter, with flakes falling from Portland, Oregon to Phoenix. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for 13 counties Wednesday as back-to-back storms have buried mountain communities. “This rain and snow bucked the trend and it’s highly unexpected,” meteorologist and former National […]
The nation’s split Congress and President Joe Biden are set to clash over whether and how much pension fund managers can take social and environmental issues like the climate crisis into account when making investments. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 50 to 46 to reverse a Department of Labor (DOL) ruling allowing fiduciary retirement fund […]
In October of 2020, the town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was in the process of recovering from Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm that had damaged nearly every structure in the town six weeks earlier. Then Category 2 Hurricane Delta bore down, flooding several of the already damaged buildings. “Add Laura and Delta together and […]