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Climate Advocates Cheer Trump Policy Shift on Flood Insurance

About the photo: A member of a search and rescue team wades through floodwaters after Hurricane Florence in Carolina Beach, North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018. Photographer: Callaghan O’Hare/Bloomberg Climate advocates say an overhaul of the nation’s flood insurance program …

Insurer Group Fears Property Losses Due to Climate Change

Insurers are increasingly worried that rising temperatures will lead to a slump in property values that could spark broader financial turmoil. Those were the conclusions a group run out of the University of Cambridge including some of the world’s biggest …

World’s Four Warmest Years Have Occurred Since 2015

The last five years were collectively the world’s warmest on record, two of the largest U.S. science agencies announced on Wednesday. With its fourth place showing, 2018 now ranks behind 2016, 2017, and 2015 and ahead of 2014 on the …

Change in Location of Ocean Mixing That Drives Climate Found

One of the key drivers of the world’s climate is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean where warmer and colder water mix and swirl. When scientists went for their first close look at this critical underwater dynamo, they found …

Polar Vortex Outbreaks Expected to be the Norm

It might seem counterintuitive, but the dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to parts of the U.S. thanks to a sudden blast of warm air in the Arctic. Get used to it. The polar vortex has been wandering …

California Wildfire Insurance Claims Top $11.4 Billion

Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion, making the series of fires some of the most expensive in state history, officials said Monday. The latest tally adds to growing concerns about the future availability of …

Climate Change Won’t Impact Powerful Nor’easters

Even though climate change is expected to reduce the total amount of U.S. snowfall this century, it’s unlikely to significantly rein in the most powerful nor’easters that pummel the East Coast, new research indicates. The study finds that smaller snowstorms …

Minnesota Among Fastest Warming States in U.S.

With its famously bitter winters growing milder, Minnesota is one of the fastest warming states in the country, according to scientists. Minnesota’s winters are warming at a rate 13 times faster than its summers, and Minneapolis and Mankato are among …

Investors Ignored PG&E Warning About Disasters

PG&E Corp. told investors repeatedly that weather-related disasters were a risk, but many didn’t pay enough attention until the company was on the brink of bankruptcy. The company included warnings in its regulatory filings and offering prospectuses citing how disasters …

Some Texas Coastal Residents Oppose Proposed Storm Barrier

A proposed Texas coastal barrier is drawing backlash from some Gulf Coast residents and the state’s land commissioner wants more time for property owners to voice concerns. The plan is designed to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes with a …