18 Weather Disasters in 2021 Cost US $1 Billion or More Each

18 Weather Disasters in 2021 Cost US $1 Billion or More Each

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been 18 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2021, surpassing 2020’s disaster costs with almost three months still left until 2022. Experts say that weather events across the spectrum, including wildfires, hurricanes, and severe weather, are not […]

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One Funny Thing: Relatable Hurricanes

One Funny Thing: Relatable Hurricanes

Tropical Depression #Kate Advisory 15: Kate Still a Poorly Organized Depression. https://t.co/VqHn0u1vgc — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 31, 2021 Hurricanes are getting “too relatable,” at least according to the National Hurricane Center’s twitter account. The Center’s tweets have been getting a lot of attention lately for seemingly describing people’s personal lives, although they deny […]

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Summer’s Subway Floods Have Cities Questioning Preparedness

Summer’s Subway Floods Have Cities Questioning Preparedness

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Hurricanes have been posing increasing threats to infrastructure in East Coast cities, hitting subways particularly hard. Last month’s Hurricane Ida flooded New York City’s subway tunnels, shut down Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, and washed out a commuter line in Philadelphia. These extreme weather events and their effects are prompting city […]

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US Must Face its Economic and Social History as Climate Migrants Move North

US Must Face its Economic and Social History as Climate Migrants Move North

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Thousands of Haitian migrants have gathered at the US border following political turmoil and climate impacts in both Haiti and South America. Experts say that colonialism, a history of slavery, and systemic inequality have culminated and left Black people more vulnerable to climate change. And now, thousands of Haitians […]

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World Bank Projects 216 Million Climate Refugees by 2050

World Bank Projects 216 Million Climate Refugees by 2050

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new report published by the World Bank, titled Groundswell Part II, warns that 216 million people could be displaced by climate change by 2050. People in places with rapidly rising sea levels, water scarcity, and increasing crop failure face higher risk of displacement. The report also found that […]

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Levees Hold as Ida Moves Inland, But Infrastructure Concerns Remain

Levees Hold as Ida Moves Inland, But Infrastructure Concerns Remain

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As now Tropical Storm Ida moves inland, Louisiana residents are surveying Sunday’s damage. More than one million people are still without power as of Monday afternoon, and 25,000 workers from 32 states have mobilized to provide relief. Officials are celebrating the success of New Orleans’ updated levee system but still lament “catastrophic damage” caused by 150 mph […]

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