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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

‘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

‘Bigger and stronger’ storms on the horizon – experts

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TEXAS FLOODING. The South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas, is flooded by rains from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017. Photo by H. Ellessy/LamaLens/AFP

Here are some answers to questions about the link between climate change and tropical storms, known variously around the world as cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons

PARIS, France (Aug. 30, 2017) — Scientists say the devastating intensity of hurricanes such as Harvey is consistent with global warming trends – rising seas, warming oceans, hotter air – and warn of “bigger and stronger” storms to come. Continue reading ‘Bigger and stronger’ storms on the horizon – experts

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

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DARK CLOUDS AHEAD. A sign for New Orleans is seen on the lakefront as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Forecasters predict flash flooding in the city famous for its jazz music and cuisine, where Katrina caused widespread devastation in 2005

NEW ORLEANS, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — New Orleans on Tuesday, August 29, marked 12 years since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the US Gulf Coast, as the low-lying city braced for a potentially devastating new impact by Harvey later this week. Continue reading On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

Texas flood disaster by the numbers

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RIVER/HIGHWAY. Downtown Houston and submerged highways are seen August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

The storm continues to shower the region as it heads slowly toward the neighboring state of Louisiana

HOUSTON, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — Monster storm Harvey hit the south Texas coast late Friday, August 25, and then stalled, gushing torrents of rain over Houston, the country’s fourth largest city with 6 million people in the greater metropolitan area. Continue reading Texas flood disaster by the numbers

Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone

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POTUS IN TEXAS. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas on August 29, 2017, as rains from Hurricane Harvey continue to flood parts of Texas. Jim Watson/AFP

Federal officials estimate that up to half a million people in Texas will ultimately require some form of assistance – but for now the focus remains immediate disaster relief, with many lives still at stake

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — US President Donald Trump toured the Harvey disaster zone in Texas on Tuesday, August 29, as he sought to project an image of leadership in America’s first big natural disaster since he took office, as the battered US Gulf Coast girded for another hit from the huge storm. Continue reading Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone

Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm’s return

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FLOODED. People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas B. Shea

Officials warn that the danger has not yet passed, with more families still stranded or packed into emergency shelters and the tropical storm once more gathering strength on the Gulf coast

HOUSTON, USA (Aug. 29, 2017) — Rescue teams in boats, trucks and helicopters scrambled Monday, August 28, to reach hundreds of Texans marooned on flooded streets in and around the city of Houston before monster storm Harvey returns. Continue reading Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm’s return

The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era

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New York City, Houston, Miami and San Francisco have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. Are their successes a blueprint for action at the state and local level?

June 12, 2017 — Wholly unintentionally, Donald Trump may have sparked unprecedented determination within the US to confront the danger of climate change. Continue reading The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era