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Scientists Say Wind, Drought Worsen Fires, Not Bad Management

Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate …

Climate Groups Cringe at Virginia Tax Cut for Oft-Flooded Homes

A measure approved by Virginia voters this week to cut taxes on homes in flood-prone areas of the flood-prone commonwealth has climate experts warning that it might encourage people to remain in vulnerable areas – and could spread to other …

UN Report Says Earth’s Ozone Layer is Healing

Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientist raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased …

AAA Bond Ratings Still Being Issued to Coastal Cities Threatened by Climate Change

Last fall, after a trio of deadly hurricanes, ratings companies warned vulnerable coastal cities to get ready for climate change – or face higher borrowing costs on the $3.9 trillion municipal bond market. Climate advocates cheered, hoping the prospect of …

Boston Mayor Offers Waterfront Plan to Save City From Rising Seas

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled a plan Wednesday to transform the Massachusetts city’s waterfront to protect the low-lying, extensively landfilled city from climate change and rising sea levels. The Democratic mayor’s “Resilient Boston Harbor” plan calls for the creation of …

Devastating Hurricanes Spur Attention on Disaster Preparation

Hurricane Michael’s devastation could spur policymakers to better prepare vulnerable communities for the effects of climate change. The images of entire towns in Florida’s panhandle all but erased by storm surges, as well as accounts of bodies pulled from shattered …

Study: Warm Waters Boosted 2017 Major Hurricane Tally

The Atlantic’s warmer waters triggered the unusual number of major hurricanes last year, according to a new study that predicts the region could see a couple of extra whopper storms each year by the end of the century. Six major …

Hurricane Florence Ranks Second to Harvey in Rainfall Totals

Hurricane Florence was the nation’s second rainiest storm in 70 years, a top rainfall meteorologist calculated. Only last year’s Hurricane Harvey rained more over a 14,000 square mile (36,260 square kilometers) area during a four-day time period, said Ken Kunkel, …

Warmer Temps Make Hurricanes Wetter, More Intense

A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. They are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster. Their storm surges are more destructive because climate change has already made the seas rise. And lately, the storms seem to be stalling more …

Carr, Mendocino Complex Fire Insurance Claims Top $845M

Two recent California wildfires are now counted among the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history, according to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Insured residential and commercial losses from the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires top $845 million. The insurance commissioner …