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Hot Zones: Urban Heat Islands

Hot Zones: Urban Heat Islands

  • Published: Jul 14th, 2021

A new Climate Central analysis evaluates the intensity of urban heat islands in cities around the country. Read the report to find out about the factors that cause hotter temperatures in urban areas, the impacts, and the solutions.

‘Give us a break, Lord’: Amid active hurricane season, pandemic halts recovery in Florida two years after Michael

‘Give us a break, Lord’: Amid active hurricane season, pandemic halts recovery in Florida two years after Michael

  • Published: Jun 29th, 2020

With federal money running out, slow rebuilds, and a lack of affordable housing, many Panhandle residents are vulnerable to this year’s storms.

Seniors at Risk: Heat and Climate Change

Seniors at Risk: Heat and Climate Change

  • Published: Jun 24th, 2020

A new Climate Central report examines how heat and a warming climate endanger the health of an aging U.S. population, a threat made even more worrisome during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tear Gas, Pollution, Wildfire Smoke: A Triple Threat to Your Lungs

Tear Gas, Pollution, Wildfire Smoke: A Triple Threat to Your Lungs

  • Published: Jun 11th, 2020

The one-two punch of tear gas and wildfire smoke, coupled with ever-present air pollution from fossil fuels, is set to worsen suffering related to the coronavirus this year, with people of color living in polluted areas continuing to feel the worst effects.

Multnomah County Trees Are Doing Much More Than We Think

Multnomah County Trees Are Doing Much More Than We Think

  • Published: Nov 4th, 2019

Portland’s trees are also playing an underappreciated role every time it rains: They’re helping us prevent major flooding and avoid erosion; they are literally holding Multnomah County together.

Extreme Heat: When Outdoor Sports Become Risky

Extreme Heat: When Outdoor Sports Become Risky

  • Published: Aug 21st, 2019

Extreme heat index days—when heat and humidity make it difficult for the body to cool itself off—have been increasing in cities across the country.

Ocean at the Door: New Homes and the Rising Sea

Ocean at the Door: New Homes and the Rising Sea

  • Published: Jul 30th, 2019

Recent housing growth rates are faster in high flood risk zones for most coastal states.

Breathing Fire: Change To Oregon Smoke Rules Seeing Early Results For Prescribed Burns

Breathing Fire: Change To Oregon Smoke Rules Seeing Early Results For Prescribed Burns

  • Published: Jun 19th, 2019

In partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Low-intensity fire can help reduce wildfire risk but not without challenges for an Oregon town.