Texas governor appeals for aid for Harvey recovery

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REBUILDING. A teddy bear is seen on top of waterlogged items set on a curb in front of a home as people start to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread flooding, on September 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

At the same time, Houston’s mayor says his city is now 95% dry and already ‘open for business’

HOUSTON, USA (Sept. 4, 2017) — The governor of Texas said Sunday, September 3, the “long haul” of recovery from Hurricane Harvey was just beginning, appealing to Congress to provide tens of billions of dollars needed for reconstruction. Continue reading Texas governor appeals for aid for Harvey recovery

US East Coast keeps wary eye on Irma, another powerful hurricane

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Satellite image as of September 4, 12:15 am. Image courtesy of NOAA

Hurricane Irma’s track is still uncertain, but some forecasters say it might target a large swath of the mid-Atlantic region on the US East Coast

WASHINGTON, USA (Sept. 4, 2017) — Barely a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated large swaths of the US Gulf coast, Americans on the East Coast on Sunday, September 3, were warily watching the progress of another major storm, Hurricane Irma. Continue reading US East Coast keeps wary eye on Irma, another powerful hurricane

‘Your eyes start itching’: pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks

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Houston’s petrochemical industry has leaked more than 2,700 tons of extra air pollution in connection with Hurricane Harvey. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP

Communities face surging toxic fumes and possible water contamination, as refineries and plants report more than 2,700 tons of extra pollution

September 3, 2017 — Hurricane Harvey has resulted in Houston’s petrochemical industry leaking thousands of tons of pollutants, with communities living near plants damaged by the storm exposed to soaring levels of toxic fumes and potential water contamination. Continue reading ‘Your eyes start itching’: pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks

Hurricane Harvey is a billion-dollar disaster – America’s 10th in 2017

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It is possible that the economic damage from Hurricane Harvey will exceed the inflation-adjusted $160bn cost of Hurricane Katrina. Photograph: via Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Despite a ‘rapid succession of disaster events’, the agency tracking changes in climate faces severe budget cuts under Donald Trump

September 3, 2017 — Even before Hurricane Harvey began to form, out in the north Atlantic, federal climate experts signalled that 2017 was going to be a bad year for weather and climate catastrophes in Continue reading Hurricane Harvey is a billion-dollar disaster – America’s 10th in 2017