Wild Weather Shortens Penultimate Stages of Tour de France

Wild Weather Shortens Penultimate Stages of Tour de France

Egan Bernal was crowned the winner of the Tour de France on Sunday, riding into Paris on a beautiful evening, but the outcome of the race was arguably changed because of the bizarre weather — including the hailstorm and also heavy rain and mudslides that blocked the road and forced another rare decision — a shortening of Saturday’s stage as well.

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U.N. Says Climate Disasters Strike Weekly, NOAA Says Names U.S. States Most At Risk

U.N. Says Climate Disasters Strike Weekly, NOAA Says Names U.S. States Most At Risk

According to a warning from top United Nations officials, climate-related disasters are now happening at a rate of one per week. The rate of climate-related disasters is also increasing in the U.S., according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released yesterday, which said that from 2016 to 2018, the average number of billion-dollar disasters totaled 15 each year, while the average for 1980–2018 was just 6.2 events per year.

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Flash Floods Pound DC Just As Trump Denies Greatest Environmental Threat of All

Flash Floods Pound DC Just As Trump Denies Greatest Environmental Threat of All

Yesterday, nearly a month’s worth of rain fell in just one hour in the Washington D.C. metro area–making it one of the area’s top 10 wettest July days ever recorded. As the Washington Post reported, “The sheets of rain, with nowhere to run off, turned major roads into rivers while streams and creeks shot up 10 feet in […]

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Man and Machine Chase Tornadoes Across the U.S.

Man and Machine Chase Tornadoes Across the U.S.

By Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel  As tornadoes increase in range and frequency across the United States, a group of scientists has been using drones to better understand tornadoes and forecast them in an effort to save lives. Project TORUS has mobilized over 50 researchers and students to follow severe thunderstorms and collect enough data […]

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Mississippi River: Great Flood of 2019

Mississippi River: Great Flood of 2019

Flooding on the Mississippi River has now exceeded the “historic” 1993 flood, as Accuweather reported that the river officially crested at 22.70 feet at Rock Island, Illinois on Thursday night, which broke the previous record of 22.63 feet that was set on July 9, 1993, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) at the Quad Cities Office. 

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Tweet of the Week: David Axelrod fact checks Andrew Wheeler’s climate denial

Tweet of the Week: David Axelrod fact checks Andrew Wheeler’s climate denial

“Most of the threats from climate change are 75 years out.” -EPA Director Andrew Wheeler#tellthefarmershttps://t.co/KbG98FgzrU — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 20, 2019 As ABC News reported, in remarks in Washington to mark World Water Day, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said safe drinking water, plastic pollution and other litter in the oceans, drought in western states, […]

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