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The Facts:According to the National Climate Assessment, human-induced warming increases heavy downpours, causes more extensive storm surges due to sea-level rise, and leads to more rapid spring snowmelt. If we continue to emit greenhouse gasses and rapidly warm our planet we should prepare for more extreme weather. What’s really scary is that flash floods are responsible for more flood-related deaths than any other type of flooding because people are often caught off guard and cannot escape to safety.
Why This Matters: The flash-flooding came just as President Trump was delivering a speech that touted his environmental record (and was met with an expected amount of pushback) but made absolutely no mention of climate change. A presidential administration that doesn’t acknowledge human-induced climate change simply cannot have a worthy environmental record as climate change is the greatest threat facing people and planet.
Make sure to watch Monica’s take on Trump’s speech below:
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This March will continue to bring more severe weather to the United States. An atmospheric river event — the “Pineapple Express” — is forecast to induce a rainy season in Washington and Oregon, as well as an increased risk of avalanches in the Pacific Northwest. As the Pineapple Express […]
We feel so badly for everyone in Texas suffering through days of bitter cold, many without heat. But the people at the northern U.S. end of the polar vortex are reeling from the cold as well. Low-temperature records are being broken in the northern plains — it’s so cold there that even Siberia was warmer. […]
After snowstorms swept across the South this week, 14 states are expecting power outages, frozen roads, and dangerous conditions. Hundreds of millions will be impacted by the storm. Millions will be experiencing rolling blackouts in the coming days due to stress on the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
Why This Matters: Although it might seem that this polar vortex is an exception to global temperature rise, research says that erratic, far-reaching polar systems like the one we’re seeing now can be directly related to warming temperatures in the Arctic.
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