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Houston Fears Warming Will Cause Catastrophic Flooding

Houston Fears Warming Will Cause Catastrophic Flooding

Sam Brody is not a real estate agent, but when his friends want to move home they get in touch to ask for advice. He is a flood impact expert in Houston — and he has plenty of work to keep him busy. The Texas metropolis has more casualties and property loss from floods than any other locality in the U.S., according to data stretching back to 1960 … Read More

Rare Floods to Become the Norm If Emissions Aren’t Cut

Rare Floods to Become the Norm If Emissions Aren’t Cut

U.S. coastal areas are set to be deluged by far more frequent and severe flooding events if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t slashed, with rare floods becoming the norm for places such as New York City, Seattle and San Diego, new research has found. The study, undertaken by researchers from Princeton and Rutgers universities, found that along all… Read More

New York Boardwalk Shows Climate Adaptation Costs

New York Boardwalk Shows Climate Adaptation Costs

Beachgoers in this New York City oasis can now flip-flop along a fully rebuilt boardwalk, one that reflects a coastal reimagination underway along the Mid-Atlantic and that heralds the staggering costs ahead of adapting to a changing climate. Rockaway Beach, where a holiday getaway at the southern edge of Queens long ago transformed into a dense… Read More

How Rising Seas Drowned the Flood Insurance Program

How Rising Seas Drowned the Flood Insurance Program

ong Beach Island is the largest and richest barrier island in New Jersey, an oasis of sprawling oceanfront retreats and second homes located midway down the state’s heavily developed coast, a two-hour drive from the metropolitan centers of New York City and Philadelphia. On a clear day, visitors in the southern end can see the shiny facades of the … Read More

Arctic Stronghold of Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts

Arctic Stronghold of Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts

It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater … Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Fix Neighborhood Floods

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Fix Neighborhood Floods

As floodwaters from some of the highest tides of the year spilled this week into cul-de-sacs and avenues from Delaware to Hawaii, new federal legislation was introduced to ease the growing toll that rising seas are taking on coastal neighborhoods. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from Florida who champions climate action, joined with Rep. Seth Mo… Read More

Climate Change Could Slash Staple Crops

Climate Change Could Slash Staple Crops

Climate change, and its impacts on extreme weather and temperature swings, is projected to reduce global production of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans by 23 percent in the 2050s, according to a new analysis. The study, which examined price and production of those four major crops from 1961 to 2013, also warns that by the 2030s output could be cut … Read More

Sharp Rise in Flooding Ahead for World’s Poorest

Sharp Rise in Flooding Ahead for World’s Poorest

Coastal residents of poor and fast-growing tropical countries face rapid increases in the numbers of once-rare floods they may face as seas rise, with a new statistical analysis offering troubling projections for regions where sea level data is sparse. Stark increases in instances of flooding are projected for Pacific islands, parts of Southeast … Read More

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Temperatures of the Future This week marks the date of the 30-year future setting from the Back to the Future trilogy.

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