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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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Top Stories of 2019: Climate Change Hits Home in “Sharpie” Focus

Top Stories of 2019: Climate Change Hits Home in “Sharpie” Focus

When we look back in 30 years, it could be that 2019 will be remembered as the year that climate change emergency finally broke through — as the year when, thanks to the President’s absurd denials, a consistent focus on climate change by Democrats, and the relentless pounding of severe storms and record heat in every region, the majority of Americans now believe climate change is real and the U.S. government is not doing enough to address it.  

Why This Matters:  Climate change will be a major focus in the 2020 elections.

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Midwest Flooding Preventing Farmers from Planting Their Crops, Threatens Food Prices

Here's where the #CropWatch19 #soybeans will be planted in central Kansas, if it ever dries out. pic.twitter.com/w9DkokOlUG — Karen Braun (@kannbwx) May 28, 2019 All across the midwest farmers are not able to begin planting their crops as persistent flooding has caused their fields to resemble shallow lakes. As Reuters explained, “Excessive rain has caused […]

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One Republican Lawmaker Blocks $19 billion in Disaster Aid

One Republican Lawmaker Blocks $19 billion in Disaster Aid

Representative Chip Roy, a Republican from Texas, blocked the $19.1 billion federal disaster package, which had passed the Senate last week and was zipping through the House by unanimous consent without a recorded vote because many members had already left D.C. for the district work week.

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Senator Warren Details Her Climate Security Plan

Senator Warren Details Her Climate Security Plan

Senator Elizabeth Warren yesterday released a detailed plan on how the military can lead the nation in meeting the challenge of climate change and intends to introduce implementing legislation later this week.  Warren explained in a blog on Medium, that the plan is ambitious but will not impede readiness, saying “[w]e don’t have to choose between a green military and an effective one.” 

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Davenport Flooded by Mississippi River, Tornadoes Rock Midwest

The Mississippi River broke through a barrier and water rushed into downtown Davenport, Iowa, flooding offices and shops unexpectedly on Tuesday and remained flooded into Wednesday.  CNN reported that the flooding occurred when HESCO flood restraints holding back the bloated river suddenly broke, sending water rushing into the streets creating a lake in the midst of the downtown area, forcing first responders to evacuate people by boat.

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New Orleans Levees Sinking, City Sues Oil Companies

New Orleans Levees Sinking, City Sues Oil Companies

According to E&E News, the $14 billion levee system, which was recently totally rebuilt to better defend the New Orleans in the event of another catastrophic storm like Hurricane Katrina, is subsiding and soon may not provide sufficient protection from a 100-year storm.

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Hero of the Week: Kip Oetter

Hero of the Week: Kip Oetter

As we’ve been chronicling, flooding throughout the Midwest has been devastating these past few weeks and according to NOAA’s forecast, the flooding danger still isn’t over. Countless homes have been lost and many people still haven’t been able to return home and are in need of relief efforts for things like laundry, showers, and even […]

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Flood Waters in Midwest Drowning Farms and an AF Base

Flood Waters in Midwest Drowning Farms and an AF Base

The floods pummeling the Midwest this week could be the last straw for many small farmers and ranchers who were already struggling to make ends meet and then had to deal with the impacts of the President’s trade wars.  The New York Times explained that bankruptcy filings by farmers were up 19 percent last year across the Midwest to their highest level in a decade, and now for many of those farmers, their livestock and land have been washed away. 

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The Midwest Is The Latest Region To Experience Deadly Flooding

Flooding across the Midwest over the weekend caused residents to flee as levees were breached by the rising floodwaters and emergency workers had to use boats to rescue stranded residents of towns along the Platte, Missouri and Elkhorn Rivers, and at least two people have perished.  The rising floodwaters are the aftermath of the massive storm system that pushed through the nation’s midsection on Thursday and Friday, pushing rivers to record flood levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota, according to the Associated Press. 

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FDR’s New Deal Was Green

FDR’s New Deal Was Green

As we contemplate the sweeping Green New Deal resolution recently introduced, which promises that “public lands, waters, and oceans are protected” and that all Americans have “access to nature,” we should look back at the very green legacy of  FDR’s New Deal.  As part of historic first 100 days legislation, Roosevelt proposed the Emergency Conservation Work (EWC) Act, more commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to put to work unemployed young men in a peacetime “army” and “send them into battle” against destruction and erosion of our country’s natural resources. 

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