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Tipping Point Nears for ‘Emerging Flooding Crisis’

Tipping Point Nears for ‘Emerging Flooding Crisis’

Soggy times are coming for cities along both U.S. coasts and they’ll be here much quicker than previously thought. By mid-century, sea level rise is set to make floods a monthly occurrence in more than two dozen cities, and in some of those cities, it could become a daily occurrence by the 2070s. The watery findings come from a new study published… Read More

6 Degrees: Lima, Deadly Heat, Flood Maps & More

6 Degrees: Lima, Deadly Heat, Flood Maps & More

Updates from Lima, news on drought, new research on sea level and more. … Read More

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

During a speech in a media tent during a visit that wasn’t expected to last longer than several hours, John Kerry spoke hopefully of the role that energy policy could play in addressing the threat of climate change — a “global threat” that he said “ranks up there, equal” with any other, including terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty and nuclear… Read More

Storm Pounds Calif., but to the Drought, Just a Spritz

Storm Pounds Calif., but to the Drought, Just a Spritz

California began its fourth year of drought in October because of several winter wet seasons that turned out to be painstakingly dry, so clearly it needs all the rain it can get. But the situation is more complicated than that: So much rain at once can cause dangerous flooding (already being documented on social media) and landslides, meaning a lot… Read More

Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless

Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless

As negotiators gather in Peru for a critical round of climate talks, U.S. delegates are straining to explain what they call a “counterintuitive” reality: For next year’s global climate agreement to be effective, commitments made under it must not be legally binding.… Read More

Atmospheric River, Heavy Rain Roar Into California

Atmospheric River, Heavy Rain Roar Into California

For the second time in a week, heavy rain is making an appearance in drought-weary California. This round comes courtesy of the tropics via an appropriately named “atmospheric river” that is sending precipitation across the state, bringing a modicum of relief. While the storm may marginally help the state-wide drought, relief could come at a high p… Read More

What’s At Stake in Lima Climate Talks

What’s At Stake in Lima Climate Talks

Seventeen years after that protocol was negotiated in Japan, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change is preparing to take its second shot. Global climate pact 2.0, which will look nothing like its beta, is now little more than a year away.… Read More

Here’s How the U.S. Can Adapt to Climate Change

Here’s How the U.S. Can Adapt to Climate Change

Climate change is being felt locally, through floods, heatwaves and other meteorological maladies, but there’s little sense in leaving the mammoth task of climate adaptation to local communities to figure out for themselves. That’s why the Obama Administration convened a panel of local, state and tribal leaders last year to advise the federal gove… Read More