Fannie and Freddie Mortgages Vastly Underestimate Flooding Risks

Fannie and Freddie Mortgages Vastly Underestimate Flooding Risks

Climate-induced flooding has inundated coastal cities, yet new reporting from Politico shows that government mortgage lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to pump money into severely flood-prone property markets.  As such in the Florida town of Hialeah, federal taxpayers hold greater than 60% of home mortgages. And as Politico explained, “if the homes […]

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As Flood Plains Expand, Sellers Continue to Hide Risk from Residents

As Flood Plains Expand, Sellers Continue to Hide Risk from Residents

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer  Across the nation, 15 million residences are at high risk of flooding within the next 30 years, and most homeowners and renters aren’t aware of this risk. Only about half of states require any kind of disclosure when it comes to flood risk and those that do offer information […]

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Historic Floods Threaten Sudan’s Economy and Ancient Pyramids click button

Historic Floods Threaten Sudan’s Economy and Ancient Pyramids

After heavy seasonal rains late last month and in early September, in Sudan, the White Nile and the Blue Nile, its main tributary, have flooded, causing the death of over 100 people and the damage of over 100,000 homes, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. 

Why this matters:  Climate change-related flooding is devastating the country. More than 500,000 people have been affected in 17 of the country’s 18 states.

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Hurricane Sally’s Slow Movement and Rapid Intensification Underscore Need to Adapt

Hurricane Sally’s Slow Movement and Rapid Intensification Underscore Need to Adapt

Hurricane Sally finally slammed onshore along the Alabama-Florida border early yesterday morning after more than a day picking up moisture over the Gulf of Mexico.

Why This Matters: Severe storms like hurricanes Sally, Dorian, and Harvey, but even thunderstorms, are becoming wetter, more intense, have longer staying power, and are harder to predict.

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Hurricane Sally Continuing to Boil In Gulf, 5 Named Storms Active At Once click button

Hurricane Sally Continuing to Boil In Gulf, 5 Named Storms Active At Once

Hurricane Sally, now a category 2 storm (winds at 110 mph) has slowed and intensified in the last 24 hours, with landfall now shifting to the east (fortunately away from New Orleans), but crawling toward the Eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Panhandle coastline with its high winds whipping the shore, the storm surge and huge rainfall amounts are expected to last for the next 36 hours.

Why This Matters:  As President Trump denies the science, which he literally did today in California, the Gulf Coast gets ready for rainfall totals measured in feet not inches.

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Deforestation in Afghanistan Multiplies Climate and Security Threats

Deforestation in Afghanistan Multiplies Climate and Security Threats

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer As Stefanie Glinski reported for the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week, large-scale deforestation in Afghanistan, due primarily to the past 40 years of war, has advanced flooding in the country (as trees prevent soil erosion and serve as a buffer against flooding). According to Glinski, “Trees have long been […]

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