Atmospheric Rivers Threaten Once-in-a-Millennium Flooding click button

Atmospheric Rivers Threaten Once-in-a-Millennium Flooding

In 2020, many Californians prayed for rain as wildfires in the region destroyed millions of acres of land. But they got more than they bargained for when what weather forecasters described as an “atmospheric river” set a course for the state, causing storms that triggered catastrophic mudslides and washed out a section of Highway 1. 

Why This Matters: Atmospheric rivers can carry as much water through the atmosphere as land rivers, and at similar speeds. Between 1978 and 2017, just 10 atmospheric rivers caused over half of all flood damage in the Western U.S.   

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Environmental Technology for Peace

Environmental Technology for Peace

At United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres closed out 2020, he offered a searing indictment of the global community’s treatment of our planet.  “Humanity is waging war on nature,” he warned, driving “instability, displacement and conflict.” Indeed, global warming, dying oceans, declining biodiversity, and degraded ecosystems now endanger world peace and prosperity.

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Climate Change Driving A Spike in Natural Disasters in the 21st Century

Climate Change Driving A Spike in Natural Disasters in the 21st Century

According to a new report from the United Nations, in the last twenty years, there have been 7,348 natural disasters and that represents a dramatic increase over the twenty years prior.

Why This Matters:  According to the UN  report’s authors, unless leaders in business and government take action, the world will become an “uninhabitable hell for millions of people.”

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This Year’s Hurricane Season Is Off The Charts – And Not Over Yet

This Year’s Hurricane Season Is Off The Charts – And Not Over Yet

This year has seen many bad records broken when it comes to climate-driven severe weather. We are now several letters into the Greek alphabet for storm names having reached this point (23 so far) for only the second time since storm names began.

Why This Matters:  The number of storms is not just a fun fact — it is devastating for tens of thousands of people.

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One Cool Thing: Florida Kids Invent A Way to Prevent Flash Floods in Miami

One Cool Thing: Florida Kids Invent A Way to Prevent Flash Floods in Miami

A few weeks ago we wrote about flash floods in Miami that flooded roadways and sank cars — Miami experienced more than 7 inches of rain — 6 of which fell in 2 hours, flooding streets across the city.  A team of middle school students invented a device that uses lasers that can be attached […]

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As Caucuses Approach, Iowa Dems Focused On Climate Change

As Caucuses Approach, Iowa Dems Focused On Climate Change

The Hill reported yesterday, citing polling data and interviews with state Democratic leaders, that climate change has been widely discussed throughout the state with all the candidates in the run-up to the caucuses next week — it is a top tier issue because last year’s historic flooding has taken an estimated $2 billion toll on the state’s farmers and communities and because of the Trump Administration’s policies on biofuels. 

Why This Matters:  An overwhelming majority Iowans are convinced that climate change is real and they consider it one of the top issues facing our country — second only to health care.

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