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Whether in a pandemic or a hurricane, inequality and underfunded infrastructure are bad for disaster preparedness.
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Map: Killer heat and humidity is emerging sooner than we feared

At a ‘wet bulb’ temperature of 35 degrees Celsius, a human can’t survive for more than six hours, even in shade and with water. We’re starting to see those conditions more and more frequently.

Coronavirus makes cooling centers risky, just as scorching weather hits

Officials are scrambling to find ways to protect residents against dueling threats of extreme heat and the coronavirus.

See how your city's climate might change by 2070

Change is coming for every corner of the planet. Explore what your city could feel like 50 years from now.

Climate change set to make extreme heat more common - and costly

Dangerous heat and humidity could affect 1.2 billion people by the turn of the century if global warming goes unchecked, scientists say.

PG&E pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in deadly Camp Fire

Utility giant PG&E says it will pay $4 million and plead guilty to 85 criminal counts in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire.

With temperatures rising, can animals survive the heat stress?

A growing number of studies show that warming temperatures are increasing mortality. Researchers warn that heat stress could become a major factor in future extinctions.

‘If you're not sweating in this town, there's something wrong'

In Marble Bar, which claims to be Australia’s hottest town, the temperature hit at least 113 degrees on 32 days this summer. Some residents worry that “there’s got to be a point where you actually start to cook.”

The Congo rainforest is losing ability to absorb carbon dioxide. That’s bad for climate change.

Like the Amazon, the Congo Basin rainforest is turning from carbon “sink" to source, a new study says.

Climate change affected Australia's wildfires, scientists confirm

Human-caused climate change had an impact on Australia’s wildfires, a new attribution study confirms. The 30 percent figure they calculated is a minimum.

Australia’s volunteer firefighters are heroes. But are they enough?

The country relies heavily on civilians to contain its fires, but the monstrous blazes that come with climate change threaten to break the system.

How climate change will affect remote work and commuting

As cities are shaped by rising seas and extreme weather events, the way we work will be irrevocably altered.

The link between redlining and extreme urban heat

A new study suggests yet another lingering effect of 1930s-era redlining: extreme heat.

Australia wildfires unleash millions of tons of carbon dioxide

Researchers are concerned that huge pulses of carbon emissions from devastating wildfires could overwhelm natural reservoirs that store carbon dioxide.
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