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Flood Maps Show U.S. Vastly Underestimates Contamination Risk at Old Industrial Sites

Flood Maps Show U.S. Vastly Underestimates Contamination Risk at Old Industrial Sites

By Thomas Marlow, James R. Elliott, and Scott Frickel Climate science is clear: Floodwaters are a growing risk for many American cities, threatening to displace not only people and housing but also the land-based pollution left behind by earlier industrial activities. In 2019, researchers at the U.S. Government Accountability Office investigated climate-related risks at the […]

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    Extreme Flooding ‘Dramatically Changes’ Yellowstone National Park

    Extreme Flooding ‘Dramatically Changes’ Yellowstone National Park

    Record rainfall and flooding has forced Yellowstone National Park to close and evacuate more than 10,000 visitors within the park.  The extreme weather event was so intense that the northern part of the famous park could remain closed for a “substantial length of time,” the park website announced on Tuesday. “The landscape literally and figuratively […]

    10 Cities That Could Be Climate Havens in the U.S.

    10 Cities That Could Be Climate Havens in the U.S.

    Florida is sinking. The Western states are drying out and catching fire. Is there anywhere in the U.S. that will still make a good home as the climate crisis continues?    The answer is yes. There are cities referred to as “climate havens” because they are located in areas less likely to suffer from extreme weather […]

    ‘A Catastrophe of Enormous Proportions’: South Africa Suffers Deadliest Storm in Nation’s History

    ‘A Catastrophe of Enormous Proportions’: South Africa Suffers Deadliest Storm in Nation’s History

    At least 306 people have died after the heaviest rainfall in 60 years caused devastating flooding around the South African city of Durban.  That number makes the storm the deadliest in South African history, according to calculations by AFP.  “This is a catastrophe of enormous proportions,” South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said when speaking to […]

    Climate Crisis Made 2020 Atlantic Hurricanes as Much as 11% Wetter, Study Finds

    Climate Crisis Made 2020 Atlantic Hurricanes as Much as 11% Wetter, Study Finds

    The record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was made wetter by the climate crisis.  That’s the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study published in Nature Communications Tuesday. Past studies have both predicted that the climate crisis would lead to wetter tropical storms and shown that this was in fact the case for particularly devastating hurricanes like Katrina […]

    Climate Inaction Could Cost the U.S. $2 Trillion Per Year, Study Finds

    Climate Inaction Could Cost the U.S. $2 Trillion Per Year, Study Finds

    The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released its first report describing the financial impact of climate inaction in the U.S. The analysis outlines the taxpayer cost should climate change remain unchecked, and it amounts to over $2 trillion per year by 2100. “Climate change threatens communities and sectors across the country, […]