extreme weather

Climate Change Leaves Flood Maps Outdated, FEMA Says

Climate Change Leaves Flood Maps Outdated, FEMA Says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of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deanne Criswell said the federal government’s flood maps are outdated following a rash of disastrous floods due to climate change-induced extreme levels of rainfall, reported The Guardian.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 […]

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    Dangerous Heat Wave Building in U.S. West Could Break Records

    Dangerous Heat Wave Building in U.S. West Could Break Records

    The U.S. West is entering a dangerous and potentially record-breaking heat wave that is expected to last through Labor Day weekend.  The temperature spike — which could push the mercury as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit in Southern California, Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley during the long weekend, according to The Guardian — comes […]

    Deadly Kentucky Flooding Devastating to Schools, Children

    Deadly Kentucky Flooding Devastating to Schools, Children

    The flooding that killed at least 39 people in eastern Kentucky this summer also rampaged through Robinson Elementary School, collapsing the roof and destroying three decades’ worth of Robin Combs’ math curriculum materials, The New York Times reports. As they mourn the deaths in their community, including some children and staff, students and teachers from two […]

    Torrential Rain Floods Drought-Stricken Southwest

    Torrential Rain Floods Drought-Stricken Southwest

    Heavy rains set off significant flooding from Arizona to Texas that killed at least one person in Mesquite on Monday in a wild weather whiplash for a region that has seen drought and extreme heat this summer. Climate change, mainly caused by the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels, is making both droughts and extreme precipitation events […]

    Which Mammals Can Best Survive Climate Change?

    Which Mammals Can Best Survive Climate Change?

    With the world experiencing more extreme weather due to climate change, landscapes are being altered and ecosystems are having to respond quickly. So which species are going to struggle and which are going to fare relatively well as extended droughts, heavy rains and floods reshape the world’s terrain? In a new study, biologists Christie Le […]

    Atlantic Hurricane Season (Unofficially) Starting Earlier, Study Finds

    Atlantic Hurricane Season (Unofficially) Starting Earlier, Study Finds

    Tropical storms are increasingly forming and making landfall before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season as ocean temperatures warm, a new study published in Nature Communications finds. The study’s publication comes as NOAA considers moving the official June 1 start date up to May 15. As reported by The Washington Post: The start date is […]

    Record Flooding in Death Valley National Park Strands 1,000 People

    Record Flooding in Death Valley National Park Strands 1,000 People

    Typically dry Death Valley National Park was hit with a record amount of rain over the weekend, which triggered flash floods, stranding park employees and visitors as all roads were forced to close and vehicles were washed away. The inch and a half of rain that fell in the 3.4 million acre park this weekend […]