Extreme Weather

How Countries Can Prepare for the Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Season

Resilience in a world of stronger hurricanes

Category four and five hurricanes have increased in frequency, intensity, and duration since the early 1980s, according to the National Climate Assessment. Hurricanes above a category three are estimated to now be twice as likely as they were about a century ago. Many scientists attribute this increase to global warming. These changes mean that hurricanes may continue to cause rising numbers of injuries and …

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What Does the Future Hold for America’s Coastal Cities?

Coastal cities face challenging times in a climate-changed world

Scientists have observed a rapidly-growing atmospheric carbon presence. Whatever your views on the cause of this phenomenon, the trend is confirmed and supported throughout the scientific community. And with increasing levels of atmospheric carbon, and the subsequent UV heat-trapping, global temperatures continue to rise. With warming atmospheric temperatures, ocean levels will also gradually increase, heralding a plethora of future problems and developments on a …

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The Sad Irony of Trump’s Presidential Response to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas

  The oblivious president On Tuesday, August 29, as Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston dumping an “unprecedented” four feet of rain, plus a few inches, the presidential entourage landed in Corpus Christi. Three days earlier Hurricane Harvey came ashore north of Corpus, pounding the small community of Rockport as a Category 4 storm. South Texas took the brunt of what is becoming a new …

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Chronically Inundated US Coastal Communities Could Jump from 90-plus to Nearly 170 In Less Than 20 Years

Chronic inundation and real estate value

Government authorities and residents in a fast rising number of US coastal communities across the nation will face some very difficult choices in coming years as a result of chronic inundation, including the possibility of having to abandon entire towns and perhaps even cities, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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U.S. Weather and Climate 2016: 15 $1 Billion-Plus Disasters

Ranking as the second warmest year on record, 2016 was the 20th consecutive year average U.S. temperature exceed the norm. The 15 weather/climate related disasters that each resulted in losses of more than $1 billion contributed to making 2016 the second-worst year on record, according to NOAA's latest annual report.

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It’s Getting Hotter than Hell

Record heat month after month, season after season, year after year, is the new nornal

It is hot and getting hotter. The evidence for global warming is growing with a long string of successive global heat records. The hottest months, the hottest seasons and the hottest years are stacking up. While individual weather records should not be confused with climate, decades of temperature data convincingly make the case for a warming world. Hot weather forces people to acknowledge our …

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