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Infographic: The High Cost of Hurricanes

The Cost of Hurricanes The past ten years has seen a spike in catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, causing  more than $300 billion of  damage and displacing, over 2000 deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Cities along the eastern seaboard and Gulf states are becoming more vulnerable to future large hurricanes. According to Weather.com, cities such as…

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The cost of climate change induced flooding has already risen into trillions of dollars. Without rapid climate change mitigation and adaptation, the cost in lives and property will only soar.

The Costs of Climate Change Induced Flooding

The combination of thermal expansion, melting ice, and extreme precipitation are contributing to flooding, which significantly increases the costs of climate change. Recent flooding in Central Europe accrued unprecedented costs and the UK in particular experienced some of the worst flooding in the island nation’s history. We have seen record setting downpours in Japan and recurrent widespread flooding in Australia. Last summer, we…

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Latest IPCC Installment Highlights Climate Risks, Potential for Adaptation

The threats, risks and costs associated with a rapidly changing climate continue to mount, making the benefits and rewards to be gained by enacting global adaptation and mitigation policies and initiatives yet more valuable and urgent, according to the latest installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

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2013’s Weather: Yet More Good Reasons To Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The sixth warmest year on record, 2013’s weather was wild, woolly, and very costly for people, economies, and ecosystems around the world, providing additional evidence of the inter-linkages between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, a warming world and the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

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British Isles Endure Unprecedented Flooding

UK Flooding adds to global extreme weather events Even while the US East shivers in record cold, Alaska basks in heat and California experiences extreme drought (despite the recent rain), it is the British Isles that are truly being hammered by extreme weather. As much as some folks snipe at the oft-repeated phrase of late, the polar vortex and stalled…

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The jet stream powers weather, effects climate

Video Friday: Extreme Weather, the Jet Stream, and Global Warming

With the eastern half of the United States under a deep freeze and the phrase “polar vortex” making the rounds (and no, despite Rush Limbaugh’s breathless ranting, it isn’t a term just made up by evil climate scientists), we circle back around to the discussion of climate vs. weather  and get a grasp on how the jet stream works in this…

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NY Governor Launches $17B Plan to Enhance Resiliency to Extreme Weather

Devastated by nine federally declared emergencies in just three years since he took office, Governor Cuomo unveiled details of a far reaching plan dubbed “Reimagining New York for a New Reality.”