Oh No! Climate Change Threatens Global Tea Production

Oh No! Climate Change Threatens Global Tea Production

According to a new report from Christian Aid, Kenya, which produces half of all black tea consumed by the UK, may lose a quarter of its growing capacity by 2050, and the tea that makes it into drinkers’ cups may taste a lot different than before.  The decline of tea farming has implications for economies worldwide, including Kenya, India, China, and Sri Lanka.

Why This Matters: Tea is the most popular drink other than water globally and the tea industry employs more than 3 million people in Africa alone.

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FEMA Announces Flood Insurance Rate Changes to Improve Equitability

FEMA Announces Flood Insurance Rate Changes to Improve Equitability

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced late last week a new pricing structure for its federal flood insurance program.  The federal government has been subsidizing flood insurance for people in areas defined by the government as flood-prone — the new pricing takes into account the actual risk to people’s homes.

Why This Matters:  The prior system was inequitable and FEMA says its new system will mean that low-income people with less valuable homes will pay only their fair share.

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Experts Say Record Flooding in Australia Is a Symptom of Accelerating Climate Change

Experts Say Record Flooding in Australia Is a Symptom of Accelerating Climate Change

Thousands evacuated in Australia's worst flooding in almost half a century https://t.co/IMuH3ctNtm pic.twitter.com/InQuvXtCZB — Reuters (@Reuters) March 23, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Australian Government along with the state of New South Wales have signed 16 disaster declarations after heavy rains and flooding forced 18,000 residents to evacuate the region.  Some affected areas have […]

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Redlined Neighborhoods More Susceptible to Flooding

Redlined Neighborhoods More Susceptible to Flooding

Due to redlining practices used by banks before the civil rights movement, Blacks and other minorities were only able to receive loans for houses in neighborhoods in “less desirable” areas that had a higher risk of flooding.  A new study shows that these neighborhoods are now more even more susceptible to flooding due to climate change.  

Why this Matters:  This study shows how the socioeconomic effects of redlining and the damage wrought by climate change can compound on each other.

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North Carolina Plans For Green-Infrastructure To Counter Storms

North Carolina Plans For Green-Infrastructure To Counter Storms

North Carolina Coastal Federation has a nature-based plan for dealing with heavy rainfall that captures and filters water instead. Green infrastructure includes solutions like rain gardens, restoring wetlands, and permeable pavement. The state plan calls for comprehensive incorporation of nature-based stormwater strategies across roadways, farmland, and in new building construction. 

Why This Matters: It’s not just sea-level rise that causes increased flooding and infrastructure damage: heavy rains can be just as disruptive. Using plants, dirt, and other natural ways to handle excess water is often simpler and more cost-effective than their conventional counterparts.

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FEMA May Increase Flood Insurance Rates to Reflect Skyrocketing Risk

FEMA May Increase Flood Insurance Rates to Reflect Skyrocketing Risk

The National Flood Insurance Program is revising its rates for flood coverage on April 1st, and to reflect current risks, and experts say they may need to quadruple. FEMA’s new risk rating system will use a model proposed by the First Street Foundation, which found that by 2050, insurance premiums on flood-risk homes would need to rise sevenfold to cover the costs of annual damage.

Why This Matters: The rising premiums create a conundrum for the Biden administration, which has promised to honor science in federal policymaking but has also pledged to address economic issues facing the working class.

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