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The Greatest Killer in New Orleans Wasn’t the Hurricane. It Was the Heat.

A huge power failure after Hurricane Ida left vulnerable residents in sweltering apartments for days. At least 10 deaths in the city have been tied to the heat.
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A massive levee system saved New Orleans. Can other towns be helped?

A massive flood protection system built around New Orleans helped save it from flooding during Hurricane Ida. Surrounding communities, which weren’t so lucky, want their own system.

Climate change is bankrupting America’s small towns

Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires and floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.

Biden announces record amount of climate resilience funding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will give states $3.5 billion to prepare for disasters, as wildfires and other calamities pummel the country.

Infrastructure bill recognizes climate change is a crisis

For the first time, both parties have acknowledged — by their actions, if not their words — that the United States is unprepared for global warming and will need huge amounts of cash to cope.

What are flash floods? Here are some safety and preparation tips

Eighty-eight people die on average each year in the United States as a result of sudden flooding that follows heavy rainstorms, the National Weather Service said.

An earthquake in Japan speaks to a sea wall in San Francisco

The challenges of climate change are everywhere but maybe no more so than in coastal cities that face dual threats of seismic activity and rising seas.

FEMA disaster aid often widens racial disparities

The federal government often gives less help to Black disaster survivors than their white neighbors. That’s a challenge for President Biden, who has vowed to fight both inequality and climate change.

California looks at curbing construction in wildfire-prone areas

The state’s insurance regulator endorsed proposals that could reshape the real estate market, the latest sign of climate shocks hitting the economy.

Add ‘climate hazards’ to your home-buyer’s checklist

Maps and other data are now available to help buyers analyze the risks of fires, floods and other disasters when searching for a new house.

Biden doubles FEMA program to prepare for extreme weather

At the outset of hurricane and wildfire season, the Biden administration is doubling to $1 billion a fund that helps communities prepare for disasters.

Facing hurricane and wildfire seasons, FEMA is already worn out

Multiple missions, combined with years of record disasters, have strained the agency — and scientists predict an unusually severe disaster season ahead.

David G. Victor, Sadie Frank, Eric Gesick: We’re not ready for the next big climate disasters

Any infrastructure bill should include money to protect communities from flooding, storms, drought and wildfires.

How hospitals can help patients and the planet

Health care systems are trying to answer the central question of how to care for patients when climate change threatens their ability to remain open.

E.P.A. data shows climate change's impact on Americans

New data compiled by the E.P.A. shows how global warming is making life harder for Americans in myriad ways that threaten their health, safety and homes.
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