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Biggest Cat Losses of the Past Decade Hit U.S. Insurers

Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail storms, Nor’easters and mudslides. A string of disasters has pummeled the biggest U.S. insurers over the past year, and the second quarter was no exception. Allstate Corp. estimated its pretax catastrophe losses at $906 million for …

Odds of El Nino Rises

It’s increasingly likely an El Nino will form this year in the equatorial Pacific to roil global weather patterns and threaten natural gas and agricultural markets, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said in a report. There’s now a 70 percent …

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas Face Double Spring Threats

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes plus wildfire threats brought on by severe …

Smoky Skies Due to Western Wildfires on Tap for Minnesota

Minnesota could see a repeat of smoky skies next summer as huge fires continue in the western United States. Daniel Dix, an air quality meteorologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, told Minnesota Public Radio that wildfires, such as the …

U.S. Weather Disasters Totaled a Record $306B in 2017

Extreme weather took an extreme toll on the U.S. last year. Losses from weather and climate disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and wildfires in northern California reached a record $306 billion in 2017, the federal government’s National Centers …

House Republicans Reveal $81B Disaster Relief for Hurricanes, Fires

House Republicans on Monday unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid package to help hurricane-ravaged communities and states hit by wildfires, almost double the amount requested by President Donald Trump. GOP leaders promised a vote this week on the measure, which …

GOP Bill Aims to Reduce Environmental Constraints on Logging to Reduce Wildfire Risk

House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow faster approval for logging and other actions in national forests in response to deadly wildfires in the West. Lawmakers are set to approve a bill to loosen environmental regulations for forest-thinning projects …

White House Warns Next Disaster Bill to Cost ‘Tens of Billions’

The White House says the next request for disaster aid will cost tens of billions of dollars and Congress should consider making cuts in other government programs to finance it. In a letter to top lawmakers in Congress, Office of …

Forest Thinning Project Saved Oregon Homes From Fires

Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a …

Climate Change May Cost U.S. $1B a Day as Planet Heats Up

Stronger hurricanes, hotter heat waves, more frequent wildfires and more severe public-health issues are all adding to the costs of climate change, which will reach almost $1 billion a day in the U.S. within a decade, according to a report …