We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Mega-storms caused by atmospheric rivers were once thought to be once-in-a-millennia occurrences, but atmospheric rivers are flooding California more frequently due to the warming atmosphere. The latest mega-storm may put a dent in the mega-drought, but experts say California may be trapped in a vicious wet/dry cycle. It may not be time for Californians to build an ark just yet, but climate-resilient infrastructure would […]

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DOD Says Climate Change Increases National Security Risks

DOD Says Climate Change Increases National Security Risks

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In a report released last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that existing risks and security challenges in the US are being made worse due to “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. Now, the Pentagon is […]

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Report Finds European Floods Made More Likely by Climate Change

Report Finds European Floods Made More Likely by Climate Change

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study reports that record-breaking flooding that killed 220 people in Western Europe earlier this summer was made between 1.2 and 9 times more likely as a result of climate change. Researchers warn that as the Earth continues to warm, these devastating floods will become more frequent and intense. […]

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Remnants of Tropical Storm Fred Flood North Carolina

Remnants of Tropical Storm Fred Flood North Carolina

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer After dumping rain on Florida’s panhandle, Tropical Storm Fred continued inland and inundated western North Carolina with a foot of rain. At least two people have died, and as many as 15 bridges were “damaged or destroyed.” The state’s Department of Public Safety said the Pigeon River is seeing “historic” levels of flooding, which may […]

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2020 Breaks Another Record: Most Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

2020 Breaks Another Record: Most Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

We know it was the hottest year on record (tied for the top spot with 2016), that the 2010’s were the hottest decade on record, and that the last 6 years have been the hottest ever.  Now this grim total:  in 2020 there were 22 weather and climate disasters.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is getting more and more expensive each year.

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Races to Watch: Ernst’s Climate Change Doubts Could Put Greenfield Over the Top

Races to Watch: Ernst’s Climate Change Doubts Could Put Greenfield Over the Top

Senator Joni Ernst won her way into the Senate in 2014 on a conservative platform and a boast about the ability to cut through the red tape in Washington (she would make the pigs in Washington squeal).  But now her ties to big oil and gas in D.C. are putting her at odds with Iowa farmers who make biofuels. 

Why This Matters:  While it is not her top issue, the Democratic, Theresa Greenfield, does not shy away from climate change.

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