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The Climate Catastrophe We’re All Ignoring

The Climate Catastrophe We’re All Ignoring

By Jeremy Lent Imagine you’re driving your shiny new car too fast along a wet, curvy road. You turn a corner and realize you’re heading straight for a crowd of pedestrians. If you slam on your brakes, you’d probably skid and damage your car. So you keep your foot on the accelerator, heading straight for […]

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    13 Toxic Waste Sites Damaged by Harvey, Houston Awash in Chemicals

    13 Toxic Waste Sites Damaged by Harvey, Houston Awash in Chemicals

    Toxic waste and pollution are emerging as a top concern as cleanup continued in Houston over the long weekend. Owners of the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, which suffered multiple explosions and fires last week, announced Sunday it would conduct controlled burns of the rest of the chemicals stored at the damaged facility as a […]

    1,200 Dead, 41 Million Affected by Flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal

    1,200 Dead, 41 Million Affected by Flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal

    By Andy Rowell As much of the North American media focuses on the ongoing unprecedented flooding and relief efforts in Texas and now potentially Louisiana, another tragedy is unfolding, which is going largely unreported, in Asia. Whereas the death toll in Texas stands at 20, the death toll in South Asia is estimated at 1,200 […]

    Intensity of Harvey’s Devastation Linked to Warming

    Intensity of Harvey’s Devastation Linked to Warming

    By Alex Kirby Tropical storm Harvey is by any standard off the scale. Some parts of Texas have received in just over a week the rainfall they would normally expect in an entire year, and the storm is described as generating as much rain as would normally be seen only once in more than 1,000 […]

    Hurricane Harvey Is a Horrible Reminder of the Cost We Pay for Climate Denial

    Hurricane Harvey Is a Horrible Reminder of the Cost We Pay for Climate Denial

    By Ryan Schleeter With rain expected to continue falling through this Friday, what we already know about Hurricane Harvey paints a devastating picture. The equivalent of half of Houston’s annual average rainfall has fallen in the last 48 hours; 80,000 households are without electricity; Houston emergency services have received almost 6,000 urgent appeals for rescues; […]

    Media Reaction: Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

    Media Reaction: Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

    The impacts of Hurricane Harvey continue to be felt in the southern U.S., where at least nine people have died after unprecedented flooding in Houston, Texas. The events have sparked early debate over the links between the hurricane and climate change. Commentary from scientists suggests that warming is likely to have intensified its impact. Above-average […]

    Michael Mann: Climate Change Worsened the Impact of Hurricane Harvey

    Michael Mann: Climate Change Worsened the Impact of Hurricane Harvey

    What can we say about the role of climate change in the unprecedented disaster that is unfolding in Houston with Hurricane Harvey? There are certain climate change-related factors that we can, with great confidence, say worsened the flooding. Sea level rise attributable to climate change (some is due to coastal subsidence due to human disturbance […]

    Overlooked Flood Risk Endangers Homeowners

    Overlooked Flood Risk Endangers Homeowners

    By Paul Brown With flood risks and damage from extreme events increasing across Europe, homeowners in areas of greatest risk are still not taking enough measures to protect themselves. Researchers reported in the journal Risk Analysis their efforts to discover how to motivate people to keep themselves safe and protect their property from flood damage. […]