Advocates Urge Texas Land Commissioner to Reroute Hurricane Harvey Relief

Advocates Urge Texas Land Commissioner to Reroute Hurricane Harvey Relief

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer More than three years after Hurricane Harvey, officials are still clashing over how to disperse aid. In the first $1 billion round of support, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush made some questionable calculations, leaving the hardest-hit communities in its most populous city without a penny in federal aid according to the […]

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2021 Hurricane Season is Here, NOAA Predicts It Will Be “Above Normal”

2021 Hurricane Season is Here, NOAA Predicts It Will Be “Above Normal”

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, is about to bring a higher-than-average storm formation, just like last year, according to the NOAA. The agency predicted “above normal” hurricane activity, with a 70% probability of 13 to 20 named storms. Six to […]

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NOAA Announces Big Upgrades to Its Global Weather Forecast System

NOAA Announces Big Upgrades to Its Global Weather Forecast System

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has made a major upgrade to its Global Forecast System (GFS) that experts hope will equip the agency and weather services around the world to adapt to the challenges of climate change. The upgrade will greatly improve the forecasting of extreme weather events including hurricanes and high-altitude weather systems.

Why This Matters: Hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more intense each year. But NOAA’s GFS hasn’t managed to keep up.

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Climate Change A Major Factor for Central American Migrants Fleeing to US click button

Climate Change A Major Factor for Central American Migrants Fleeing to US

The mainstream media often cites Hurricanes Eta (a devastating Category 4 hurricane that caused heavy damage in early November 2020) and Iota (it underwent explosive intensification and became a rare Category 5 hurricane in mid-November) as a major factor driving the migration to the U.S. Southwestern border. 

Why This Matters:  Hurricanes like Eta and Iota will only become more commonplace as the globe continues to warm.  But the migration driving climate stressors go beyond severe coastal storms to drought, desertification, sea-level rise and heavy flooding.

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A Big Blow Up in Hurricane Science

A Big Blow Up in Hurricane Science

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, or AMO, was a term coined by climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann to better understand temperature fluctuations of the North Atlantic Ocean. The AMO was thought to be a naturally occurring oscillation of warm and cool phases every 20-40 years and was used by scientists […]

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FEMA Proposes Major Cuts to Disaster Relief

FEMA Proposes Major Cuts to Disaster Relief

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Immediately following a record-breaking Hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing massive cuts to federal disaster aid that would make it more difficult for states to qualify for federal disaster aid.  The proposal, published Monday, would be one of the largest revisions of federal disaster policy […]

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