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Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

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A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP

After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change

November 20, 2017 — The latest climate change survey from Yale and George Mason Universities is out, and it shows that Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. Only Continue reading Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

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Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

UN talks on loss and damage are failing to deliver for vulnerable communities. After a devastating hurricane season, the developed world must step up

October 16, 2017 — Harvey, Irma, Ophelia. This year’s devastating and record-breaking hurricane season reminds us that storms turbo-charged by human-caused climate change are not a distant future threat, but a reality faced by people around the world. Continue reading Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like

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An aerial rendering of New Meadowlands, a proposal to provide flood protection and recreational amenities with a system of berms and marshes in Meadowlands, New Jersey
Photograph: MIT CAU + ZUS + URBANISTEN

The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard

September 25, 2017 — They call it “pave, pipe, and pump”: the mentality that has dominated urban development for over a century. Continue reading What would an entirely flood-proof city look like

Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

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An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Dominica on Tuesday, the day before it struck Puerto Rico. Credit: NOAA

This hurricane season has broken multiple records already

September 22, 2017 — On top of powerful winds and flooding, there was darkness. It came when the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power after Hurricane Maria’s onslaught Wednesday. The category 4 storm’s winds ripped through Puerto Rico starting around 7 a.m. Eastern time that Continue reading Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

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INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

GUADELOUPE, France (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria headed towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 19, with the US National Hurricane Center warning of a “potentially catastrophic” impact after the storm battered the island of Dominica and other territories in the eastern Caribbean. Continue reading ‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

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Although Antigua and Barbuda was pummelled by Irma, as it recently exceeded the DAC country income threshold, it may be deemed ineligible for official development assistance.’ Photograph: Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Maria has wrought terrible destruction in the Caribbean, yet OECD guidelines say that the islands are ineligible for assistance

September 19, 2017 — In a manner reminiscent of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, dark clouds of despair and destruction hover yet again over the Caribbean with the passage of Hurricane Maria. Continue reading Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

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Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas 31 August 2017. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast

September 11, 2017 — For the sake of keeping things manageable, let’s confine the discussion to a single continent and a single week: North America over the last seven days. Continue reading Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

Denying Hurricane Harvey’s climate links only worsens future suffering

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Homes are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Sugar Land, Texas.

The variables in the climate change formula are mitigation, adaptation, and suffering. Denying the problem loads up on the suffering

September 5, 2017 — Human-caused climate change amplified the damages and suffering associated with Hurricane Harvey in several different ways. First, sea level rise caused by global warming Continue reading Denying Hurricane Harvey’s climate links only worsens future suffering

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