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UN Chief Says We Are on ‘Highway to Climate Hell’

UN Chief Says We Are on ‘Highway to Climate Hell’

The latest round of UN climate change negotiations began in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an urgent warning about the necessity of acting rapidly to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.  The conference, otherwise known as COP27, kicked off Sunday, November 6, with a procedural opening followed by the World Leaders Summit that launched […]

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    11 Fact-Checked Tweets That Show Hurricane Ian’s Catastrophic Damage

    11 Fact-Checked Tweets That Show Hurricane Ian’s Catastrophic Damage

    The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday morning as winds weakened to 65 mph. Ian continues to batter Florida as it marches north. More than 2.6 million Florida energy customers are still without power Thursday, according to the tracker PowerOutage.us. The storm is poised to become one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    Hurricane Fiona Hammers Puerto Rico, Entire Grid Down

    Hurricane Fiona Hammers Puerto Rico, Entire Grid Down

    Hurricane Fiona dumped catastrophic flooding on Puerto Rico over the weekend, knocking out the entire island’s electrical grid and dropping as much as 30 inches of rain. Electricity was out across the island by 2pm ET Sunday, even before Fiona made official landfall at about 3:20 pm ET near Punta Tocon. Understanding the scope of […]

    Devastating Pakistan Floods Most Likely Worsened by Climate Crisis

    Devastating Pakistan Floods Most Likely Worsened by Climate Crisis

    The extreme rainfall that flooded one third of Pakistan this summer, killed nearly 1,500 people, devoured 1.7 million homes and impacted more than 33 million people was most likely made worse by the climate crisis.  That’s the conclusion of World Weather Attribution, a group of scientists who use peer-reviewed methods to analyze whether or not […]

    Climate Change Leaves Flood Maps Outdated, FEMA Says

    Climate Change Leaves Flood Maps Outdated, FEMA Says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of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deanne Criswell said the federal government’s flood maps are outdated following a rash of disastrous floods due to climate change-induced extreme levels of rainfall, reported The Guardian.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

    Residents Without Safe Drinking Water in Jackson, Mississippi After Flooding, Treatment Plant Failure

    Residents Without Safe Drinking Water in Jackson, Mississippi After Flooding, Treatment Plant Failure

    The failure of the main water treatment plant in Jackson, Mississippi, means 180,000 people in the capital city and its surrounding areas will be without reliable drinking water for the foreseeable future. Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency, while bottled drinking water and non-potable water to be used in toilets were distributed to […]

    ‘Monsoon on Steroids’ Leaves a Third of Pakistan Underwater

    ‘Monsoon on Steroids’ Leaves a Third of Pakistan Underwater

    Relentless monsoon rains that began in June have caused widespread flooding in Pakistan, destroying homes, crops and roads, reported BBC News. Officials have said at least 1,136 people have died. Senator Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Climate Change, says one-third of the country has been submerged by the flooding. “Literally, one-third of Pakistan is […]