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Plants Cropping Up in Lost Michigan Lakes Where Dams Failed

LANSING, Mich. — Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. But not always in a good way. “Shortly after the water receded, you could look out …

The Cost of Killer Heat: A Rising Risk of Death in Poor Nations

A few years ago, several top climate researchers joined forces to launch a data-intensive economics research project that promised the most careful estimates yet of how much damage warming may bring and what it implies for the cost of climate …

Hackers Are Targeting the Remote Workers Who Keep Your Lights On

In July alone, hackers took over the twitter accounts of U.S. politicians, stole terrabytes of coronavirus research and even infiltrated the U.K.’s Premier League soccer clubs. Can they cut off your electricity, too? They’re trying. With millions of Americans now …

Insurers Warn Government Canada’s Flood Mapping Must Not Take a Decade

OTTAWA — Canada plans to focus its next budget on tackling climate change and its effects but the insurance industry, amid skyrocketing costs, is concerned the government will move too slowly on the key first step of mapping flood risks. …

What’s Up With All the Pipe Breaks in Fort Lauderdale?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Fort Lauderdale, a city with water and sewer lines old enough to crack and crumble, has been dealing with a slew of back-to-back pipe breaks of late — and people want to know why. Why are …

Interior Department Grounds Chinese-Made Drones, Citing Security Fears

The Interior Department is banning non-emergency flights of its fleet of 810 drones as it reviews national security concerns about the Chinese-made devices. The restrictions were outlined in an order signed Wednesday by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt that doesn’t name …

South Dakota Townships Face Financial Woes After 2019 Floods

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Townships in South Dakota are facing economic difficulties as 2019 flood repair costs mount. Townships primarily depend on their taxpayers for funds to repair more than 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) of roads while they wait for …

Displaced Families Await Post-Quake Housing in Puerto Rico

PONCE, Puerto Rico — The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico. Behind them stood their temporary home: …

TPC to Rebuild Texas Chemical Plant Shut by Explosions, Fire

Petrochemical maker TPC Group Inc will rebuild the Texas plant shut last week by devastating explosions that ignited fires that burned for six days, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The last fire at the Port Neches plant was extinguished late …

Report: Hurricane Dorian Inflicted $3.4B Losses On Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian inflicted losses of about $3.4 billion on the Bahamas, an amount equal to one-quarter of the Caribbean archipelago’s GDP, according to a report released Friday. The report by the Inter-American Development Bank also said there were 67 confirmed …