Tropical Cyclone Seroja Hits Indonesia

Tropical Cyclone Seroja Hits Indonesia

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Rescue efforts are underway across several islands in eastern Indonesia and East Timor after Tropical Cyclone Seroja struck the region last week. The storm’s heavy rains and powerful winds led to flash flooding and landslides, damaging homes and roads. At least 8,424 people have been displaced by the storm, […]

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Government Forecast Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Experiencing Drought

Government Forecast Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Experiencing Drought

A new government climate forecast found that nearly two-thirds of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to exceptional drought that is expected to grow more severe over the coming months. 74 million people will likely experience the most significant spring drought since 2013.

Why This Matters: Experts say these conditions may be here to stay. In January, water experts announced that the entire American west is experiencing a “forever drought” that exacerbates wildfires, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, and more.

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2020 Breaks Another Record: Most Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

2020 Breaks Another Record: Most Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

We know it was the hottest year on record (tied for the top spot with 2016), that the 2010’s were the hottest decade on record, and that the last 6 years have been the hottest ever.  Now this grim total:  in 2020 there were 22 weather and climate disasters.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is getting more and more expensive each year.

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Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we can look back on it as a year of extremes when it came to weather, and scientists are predicting that 2021 will likely be the same. They are now increasingly confident of the impact of human-caused climate change on extreme weather.

Why this Matters: More intense and more chaotic weather directly impacts human health and daily life.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: A Record-Setting Hurricane Season

Top Ten Stories of 2020: A Record-Setting Hurricane Season

This year we shattered the record for the number of named storms over the course of the six months of hurricane season with 30 — we exceeded the previous record by four.   There were so many storms that we ran out of names and went deep into the Greek alphabet, which is what happens when we use up all the typical ones.

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2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms

2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer As the 2020 hurricane season draws to a close, scientists are reflecting on the devastating records set by this year’s storms. 2020 had the most named storms ever recorded, ten of which were classified as “rapidly intensifying,” a record which occurred only in two other years, 1995 and 2010. […]

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