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Flood, Fire and Plague: Climate Change Blamed for Disasters

SINGAPORE — Extreme floods in Venice, fires in Australia and even an outbreak of plague in China have been attributed to climate change this week, while researchers have warned that global warming could saddle future generations with life-long illness. Venice …

How One Startup is Trying to Help Car Dealers Weather Hailstorms

Nick Pacifico has been working at his family’s Cadillac dealership in Denver since 2003. He’s never seen insurance costs this bad. “Getting coverage is nearly impossible,” said Pacifico, vice president at Rickenbaugh Automotive Group. Two years ago he paid about …

Viewpoint: Living With Fire

Hundreds of thousands of Californians have been forced to flee their homes. Millions have endured power outages. Fff could reach billions of dollars. It could have been worse: So far not a single person has died, unlike last year, the …

Fire-Ravaged Forests Get Help from Pine Cone Collectors

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used …

We’re All In Denial About Climate Change: Viewpoint

Even people who say they believe in climate change may be in denial — the same kind of denial that allows us to ignore our own mortality. This tendency to turn away from disturbing facts manifests itself not in what …

Moody’s to Weigh City Efforts to Cope with Climate Change in Bond Ratings

For Moody’s Investors Service, it’s no longer enough for cities to have plans addressing their risks from climate change. The company’s municipal-bond analysts, armed with data, will soon determine how those strategies compare with others — and may change their …

Insurers Join ‘Net Zero’ Climate Pledge at United Nations

Insurers and pension funds managing $2.3 trillion pledged on Monday to shift their portfolios away from carbon-heavy industries in the hope of triggering snowballing climate commitments from other big investors. German insurer Allianz, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), …

Commission Says Humanity to Pay Massive Cost for Not Adapting to Climate Change

Slowing the planetary march toward climate catastrophe—and the multitrillion-dollar investment required to do it—has become a central issue of global and national debate. But there’s the equally expensive matter of dealing with the here and now: From historic wildfires to …

European Flood Trends Vary from North to South

European river flooding has grown more intense in northwestern Europe and decreased in the south over the last half century, according to a study by nearly four dozen researchers. The work, which is the first documentation of long-term flood trends …

AI and Bionic Eyes Are Helping to Keep Wildfires Contained

On a tower in the Brazilian rain forest, a sentinel scans the horizon for the first signs of fire. Only these eyes aren’t human. They don’t blink or take breaks, and guided by artificial intelligence they can tell the difference …