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Zeta Leaves Trail of Wreckage, Blackouts Across U.S. South

Tropical Storm Zeta is spinning across the U.S. South after walloping New Orleans, blacking out 1.9 million homes and businesses and leaving a trail of wreckage from Louisiana to North Carolina. Zeta made landfall near Cocodrie, Louisiana, with winds of …

Arctic Headache for Ship Insurers as Routes Open Up

LONDON — When Captain Will Whatley guides a ship through Arctic waters, he is starkly aware of what can go wrong. Double the manpower is needed to navigate. Lookout shifts are kept to just one hour, so sailors don’t lose …

The King Tides Are Coming. Here’s When They’ll Be Worst.

MIAMI — The highest tides of the year, known as king tides, are here again to flood roads, parks and the occasional home or business. This year, in addition to the army of flood pumps coastal cities deploy to keep …

‘Nothing Left’: How Back-to-Back Hurricanes Gutted a U.S. Town

On the day after Hurricane Delta cut its ruinous path across southern Louisiana, Dick Frerks pointed to a lone 20-foot pylon rising from the bayou and summed up what he’d lost. “Our house used to be on top of that,” …

Supreme Court Takes Up Energy Companies’ Appeal Over Baltimore Climate Suit

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by energy companies including BP PLC, Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell PLC contesting a lawsuit by the city of Baltimore seeking damages for …

California Wildfire Evacuees Return Home to Find Devastation

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in Northern California wine country Wednesday to find only the charred remains of their home and burned pieces of the wine barrels they used to repurpose into custom-made …

Fire in California Wine Country Expands as Thousands Flee

A wildfire ripping through Northern California’s wine country has more than tripled in size, forcing thousands of evacuations and endangering properties in a region devastated by blazes just three years ago. The Glass Fire north of San Francisco reached more …

Close Call With Storm Renews Debate Over Houston Barrier

GALVESTON, Texas — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region’s …

Businesses Call On U.S. Insurers to Ditch Fossil Fuel Underwriting

A group of about 60 American businesses on Thursday urged their insurers to stop providing coverage to and investing in fossil fuel producers. In a letter, companies including outdoor-gear producer Patagonia and ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, a unit of …

Seeping Under Doors, Bad Air From West’s Fires Won’t Ease Up

PORTLAND, Ore. — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through air conditioning vents and preventing people already shut away by the coronavirus pandemic from enjoying a walk or …