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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:
Why This Matters: A dust cloud this long is rare but it can be quite serious for people with lung conditions. Many Caribbean islands have experienced dangerous air quality and forecasters are giving the same warnings now in Florida and other southern states.
On Saturday, the northeastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk experienced a record-breaking temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If the measurement is confirmed it would be the hottest on record anywhere in the Arctic. As the Washington Post explained, on Sunday, the same location recorded a high temperature of 95.3 degrees (35.2 Celsius), showing the Saturday reading […]
The Center for Public Integrity explained in their recent investigation that yearly heat-related deaths have more than doubled in Arizona in the last decade to 283. Across the country, heat caused at least 10,000 deaths between 1999 and 2016 — more than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods in most years. What’s more is that scientists link […]
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