Yesterday was World Water Day and the focus this year was on the interconnectedness of water and climate change. As 2020 was set to be a critical year for climate action (though the coronavirus outbreak could change that), it’s timely to bring attention to how a warming planet affects the world’s water supplies and exacerbates […]Continue Reading 392 words
Whether it is drinking water in Michigan, floodwaters in Missouri and Mississippi, or dams versus salmon in Washington and Idaho, or wastewater from fracking in North Dakota — clean water is an issue that runs through the primaries that are taking place today.
Why This Matters: The two remaining Democratic candidates have not had a chance to discuss these important water issues in the debates thus far.Continue Reading 549 words
For parts of the Southern United States, this past winter has been one of the wettest on record and more rain is expected this week. Non-stop rains on top of already-saturated ground have brought devastating flooding that has forced people in Mississippi to flee their homes. So much so in fact that Mississippi Gov. Tate […]Continue Reading 475 words
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The City of Houston has adopted a plan to prepare the city for what is expected to be more of the same for decades to come due to climate change — through a range of actions such as the planting of 4.6 million new trees and the removal of all homes from city floodways.
Why This Matters: FEMA studies have shown that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — $1 invested before a disaster saves on average more than $5 after — and sometimes much more.Continue Reading 437 words
As the climate crisis intensifies and natural disasters become more frequent and powerful, scientists are increasingly turning to social media as a way to assess the damage and impact on a more localized scale. For instance, since the East and Gulf coasts of the United States have only about 132 tidal gauge stations, it’s difficult […]Continue Reading 381 words
Billions of dollars of disaster preparedness funding are up for grabs from the Trump Administration, but to improve their odds of getting some of it, states are going out of their way NOT to mention climate change, according to The New York Times.
Why This Matters: Climate denials — explicit or implicit — don’t make its impacts or the need to adapt any less real.Continue Reading 520 words
Jeffrey Peterson has more than 40 years of experience in environmental policy both on the Hill and at EPA. He recently wrote a book entitled “A New Coast” about the need for policies to respond to devastating storms and rising seas. ODP: What motivated you to write about coastal adaptation after your long career in […]Continue Reading 777 words
This past spring more than 1 million acres of land flooded across five states in the Midwest.
However, now that it’s nearly winter, Midwest farmers are still very much feeling the effects of the floods and are worried about another round of flooding in 2020.Continue Reading 362 words
by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel Venice called a state of emergency on Wednesday morning as flooding of the city’s famous canals reached levels that haven’t been witnessed in 50 years. Heavy rains caused waters to rise over 6 feet, inundated 85% of the city (including the historic St Mark’s basilica), and caused 2 deaths. […]Continue Reading 334 words
The Stats: 9 of the 10 states that emit the most heat-trapping CO2 pollution per person helped block the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which would have been the largest effort by the U.S. government to limit climate change.
People in those states are facing some of the worst climate-driven extreme weather in the US.Continue Reading 524 words
2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang has said that for many regions of America where climate change is a destructive enough force, Americans should pick up and move instead of the government undertaking efforts to rebuild lost homes. This got a lot of buzz but it turns out that Canada is already implementing some of Yang’s […]Continue Reading 513 words
The latest track of Hurricane Dorian is causing more disruption and dislocation as it moves up the East Coast today and tomorrow, with South and North Carolina and even Virginia in harm’s way as the storm re-strengthened to a strong Category 3, and its storm surge, torrential rains, and wind are expected to cause flooding […]Continue Reading 639 words