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Europe Faces Deadly Cost for Climate Inaction

A study by the European Commission spells out the probable cost to the continent of failing to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats

A study of the five countries sharing and relying on the Indian subcontinent’s great rivers shows that Bangladesh is the only one that is taking climate change seriously.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Puts U.S. at Risk of Multibillion Dollar Bill

U.S. government and business are warned that climate change could cost the economy billions of dollars because of the increasing risk of property damage, reduced harvests and workers incapacitated by extreme heat.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



May Days’ Heat Sets Up Record El Niño

High global temperatures last month made it one of the hottest Mays ever, and scientists believe it might have paved the way for a record-breaking El Niño weather phenomenon.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Migrating Cyclones Pose New Threat

Coastal areas that would not expect to be hit by violent hurricanes or typhoons face a growing threat of devastation as scientists discover that tropical cyclones are moving further north and south.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



Reefs Merit Protection Money

Restoring threatened reefs that protect about 200 million people in coastal communities would cost 20 times less than building artificial breakwaters to reduce the effect of pounding waves, scientists calculate.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Flood Risk May Double By 2050

Extreme floods in Europe could happen almost twice as often by 2050 as they do today, scientists say, as much of the continent recovers from the severest winter in several centuries.

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Boulder Flooding: Remembering Warnings From ‘Weather Report’

Will the death and devastation from this week’s flood in Colorado simply pass us by as a mere spectacle?

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Colorado Rainfall Threatens Flood Rescues

Severe rain is stymieing the efforts of rescuers to save people stranded by severe flooding between the Rocky Mountain foothills and the plains of northeastern Colorado.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Coastal Cities Face $1 Trillion Floods by 2050

Less than 40 years from now the cost to the world’s biggest coastal cities from flooding is expected to rise to $1 trillion—0.7% of the value of the world economy in 2012.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Warmer Climate Will Hit Volta River Levels

The cost of climate change for one of West Africa’s most densely populated regions is likely to be severe, with food, energy supplies and industrial growth all at risk.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

From Maine to Oregon, local floodplain managers say FEMA’s recent flood maps — which dictate the premiums that 5.5 million Americans pay for flood insurance — have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing FEMA’s mistakes.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Double Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

An escalating crisis caused by the simultaneous disasters of floods and drought is threatening the Marshall Islands, leading the Pacific nation’s government to appeal to world leaders for action on climate change.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Once in a Century Floods Due Every 10 Years

Once-rare severe flooding events could occur as frequently as once a decade by the end of this century.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Atlantic Coast Wakes Up to the Nightmare

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Eastern Seaboard on Monday, killing at least 33, leaving millions without power, destroying homes, causing rampant flooding, impacting air travel and bringing several major cities to a grinding halt.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE


A Look at the Flooding in Vermont

The 24/7 news cycle and the accompanying cacophony of voices competing for attention meant that little time remained to understand the extent of the damage Hurricane Irene caused in Vermont.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Record ‘Dead Zone’ Expected in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists fear that farm chemicals carried from fields into the Mississippi River by this spring’s record floods will create the largest “dead zone” the Gulf of Mexico has seen since measurements were first taken in 1985. (more)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Snowmelt Could Flood Western Communities

For all the advantages that record snowpacks offer regions susceptible to summertime drought, a sudden warming of temperatures could soon release millions of gallons of water into river channels and narrow canyons, flooding cities and towns throughout the American West. (more)

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



International Rivers / Dr. Muslim Idris

Nigerian Flooding Displaces 2 Million

The Nigerian government may or may not have warned residents that it would open up the floodgates of two dams in the northern part of the country last month, unleashing a deluge of water that has displaced more than 2 million people.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE


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cnn.com

Flooding Kills at Least 42, Strands 115,000 in Brazil

Dozens of cities in Brazil were in a state of emergency Tuesday after massive flooding in the north of the country killed at least 43 people and left more than 115,000 homeless, according to CNN.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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AP photo / Mike Wintroath

Arkansas Slammed by Deadly Storms

Emergency response teams faced a busy weekend helping Arkansas residents cope with the aftermath of another round of severe weather that pounded the Southern state Friday with heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes. Eight lives were lost, raising the state’s storm-related death toll for the year to 24.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE


Manhattan submerged
siliconbeat.com

Cash In on Global Warming

Why worry about preventing the climate crisis when you can profit from it? An online gambling site received more than 3,000 bets in three days on whether or when major U.S. landmarks will be flooded. Most are banking on Manhattan being underwater by 2011.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


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greenpeace.org

Climate Crisis Threatens Billions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that the climate crisis could afflict billions of people, especially the poor, with food and water shortages, drought and flooding. “For the first time, we are no longer arm-waving with models; this is empirical data,” explained one of the panel’s leading scientists.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush
From ronlim.com

Supreme Court to Fact-Check Bush’s Global Warming Distortions

On the very day that Bush again peddled the blatant misrepresentation that “there’s a debate over whether [global warming] is man-made or naturally caused,” the Supreme Court injected some sanity into our discourse by announcing it will decide whether the federal government must regulate emissions of new cars to combat global warming.
Bush’s claims are only slightly more ludicrous in light of the fact that he made them while Washington, D.C., stands submerged in 18 inches of global-warming-propelled storm water.

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Brown
AP

Brownie Blasts Bush Administration Response to Katrina Disaster

Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown departs from the shameful “we didn’t know” defense regarding the breach of the levees, saying: “For them to claim that we didn’t have awareness of it is just baloney.”  story

Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


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Marty Bahamonde / FEMA via The New York Times

White House Knew of Levee’s Failure on Night of Hurricane

Remember when Bush said that he hadn’t heard about the devastating levee failure in New Orleans until the day after the hurricane hit? Well, now it turns out that former FEMA Director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown had told the White House about the breach the night before. | story 

Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


Jack Jones walks through a heavily damaged Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 22.
Eric Gay / AP

Internal Documents on Katrina Prep Make Liar Out of Bush

Bush said no one “anticipated the breach of the levees.” Well, actually, 48 hours before the storm hit, the Dept. of Homeland Security sent the White House a memo warning exactly of that. | story

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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