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More Than 4 in 10 Americans Live in Counties Affected By Climate Disasters in 2021

More Than 4 in 10 Americans Live in Counties Affected By Climate Disasters in 2021

Last year was filled with extreme weather fueled by climate change. California was overrun by mudslides, and there were dangerous heat waves, droughts and hurricanes. More than four in ten Americans live in a county that was affected by climate disasters in 2021, and more than 80 percent experienced at least one day of unusually high temperatures, reported The Washington Post. At least 656 people died due to the disasters, according to news reports and government records. The financial cost of all these disasters was more than $104 billion, not including the wildfires, extreme heat and drought in the West.

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    Smoke From Wildfires in the West Harms More People in the East, Study Finds

    Smoke From Wildfires in the West Harms More People in the East, Study Finds

    Smoke from wildfires burning across the American West causes greater health damage east of the Rockies than to their west, a new study shows. About three-quarters of deaths and asthma visits to emergency departments related to smoke over the past decade have occurred in the East because of higher population densities. “Smoke is not just […]

    Turkey Ratifies Paris Agreement, Becoming the Last G20 Country to Join

    Turkey Ratifies Paris Agreement, Becoming the Last G20 Country to Join

    Turkey’s parliamentarians on Wednesday unanimously approved the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels. Although one of the first countries to sign the agreement in April 2016, Turkey had held off ratifying it until now while seeking […]

    5 Issues to Watch at Climate Week 2021

    5 Issues to Watch at Climate Week 2021

    By Lorena Gonzalez and Nate Shelter World leaders are gathering in New York this week and next for the UN General Assembly meeting (UNGA76) and Climate Week. The two major events come at a critical moment for climate action. The world is facing an emergency. Nearly every person on the planet felt the impacts of […]

    Firefighters Race to Protect World’s Largest Tree From Menacing Wildfires

    Firefighters Race to Protect World’s Largest Tree From Menacing Wildfires

    Firefighters in California are using blankets to protect iconic sequoias — including the world’s largest tree — from approaching wildfires. The Colony Fire was within a mile of Sequoia National Park’s iconic Giant Forest Thursday afternoon, which hosts around 2,000 sequoias including the General Sherman Tree, considered the largest on Earth in terms of volume, […]

    Summer of 2021 Was the Hottest Summer on Record: NOAA

    Summer of 2021 Was the Hottest Summer on Record: NOAA

    NOAA found that the average temperature of meteorological summer – June, July, and August – was 2.6°F (1.45°C) above the 20th century average, a troubling sign as global temperatures continue to increase faster than previously thought. All seven of the warmest years on record have been the last seven years, and 19 of the 20 […]

    As the Climate Changes, Where Are the Safest Places to Live?

    As the Climate Changes, Where Are the Safest Places to Live?

    By Tara Lohan Talent. King Mountain. Hugo. The town names — each the site of new wildfire ignitions following a lightning storm the day before — are all new to me. After I read each incident report, I head to Google maps to ask the same question that’s been on my mind for weeks: How […]

    Caldor Fire Threatens ‘Urban Conflagration’ in South Lake Tahoe

    Caldor Fire Threatens ‘Urban Conflagration’ in South Lake Tahoe

    The Caldor Fire breached Echo Summit on Monday, crossing the Sierra Nevada and posing a direct threat to the population centers around Lake Tahoe, forcing more than 50,000 people to evacuate. A wildfire has crossed over the Sierra Nevada just once before in recorded history: less than two weeks ago the Dixie Fire crossed the […]