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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 …

Opinion: Cat Bonds Soar Despite Record Disasters

Leave it to catastrophe bonds to be among the most well-functioning debt markets out there. Issuance of “cat bonds” has climbed to more than $11 billion this year, about the same as this time in 2017, when sales hit a …

Commentary: Submerged Risks Haunt Low-Lying Airports

The sight of a flooded Kansai International Airport and 3,000 stranded people after Typhoon Jebi slammed into southern Japan this week should be a warning to the world’s infrastructure investors. Airports have been a highly rated asset class over the …

Why 4 Inches of Rain Caused so Much Flooding in Wisconsin

A lot of rain – but maybe not as much as you think – fell Aug. 20 on the shallow, 281-square-mile basin of land that drains into Madison’s lakes Mendota and Monona. Most of the 12- to 15-inch deluge that …

Climate Change-Driven Wildfires Reshape West

Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether …

Wildfire-Plagued California Faces Rising Climate Change Risks

Two-thirds of California’s beaches may be washed away by the end of the century, according to the state’s latest forecast. California’s fourth statewide climate assessment details the increasingly dire impact of climate change, including rising seas, climbing temperatures, more land …

Study: Impacts of El Niño and La Niña to Intensify as Climate Warms

When an El Niño or its opposite, La Niña, forms in the future, it’s likely to cause more intense impacts over many land regions — amplifying changes to temperature, precipitation, and wildfire risk — due to the warming climate. These …

Minor Sea Level Rises Could Raise Global Risk for More Devastating Tsunamis

As sea levels rise due to climate change, so do the global hazards and potential devastating damages from tsunamis, according to a new study by a partnership that included Virginia Tech. Even minor sea level rise, by as much as …

Western Kentucky University Develops Statewide Drought Warning System

Western Kentucky University is developing a statewide drought warning system with the help of a $200,000 federal grant. The Bowling Green Daily News reports the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University received the two-year grant from the National Oceanic …