For cities, climate adaptation has a new urgency

A new report argues that cities must assume a wartime footing to protect critical infrastructure and prepare for a more dangerous future. 
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How do you insure yourself against climate change?

Wildfires in Australia, blizzards in Texas, now flash floods in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands: The growing likelihood of extreme weather has insurers and homeowners alike wondering how to best manage risk.


Rescue efforts launched after record floods in central China displace 1.2 million

The disaster was severe enough for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to order authorities to give top priority to people’s safety and property.

Europe’s deadly floods leave scientists stunned

As the magnitude of the destruction becomes clear, European scientists are wrestling with how such damage could happen in some of the world's wealthiest and most technologically advanced countries, despite major investments in flood forecasting and preparation catalyzed by previous inundations.

Catastrophic floods could hit Europe far more often, study finds

Catastrophic floods such as those that struck Europe recently could become much more frequent as a result of global heating, researchers say.

Chinese city hit by deadly floods suffered heatwaves days before

The devastation in Zhengzhou is the latest in a series of extreme weather events globally that are making the risks of climate change more tangible.

Flooding in Germany demonstrates need to prepare for climate change, scientists say

When German politicians flocked to the scenes of last week's devastating floods that left more than 170 in the country dead, they all agreed on one thing regardless of their partisan persuasions: The record rainfalls and ensuing disaster were the product of climate change.

Libya′s battle to protect its endangered forests

A decade of conflict and instability in the North African country has not only taken its toll on people but also on nature. Will environmentalists succeed in protecting Al-Jabal al-Akhdar, a forest surrounded by desert?

Germany’s Greens cautious over linking floods to climate crisis

The German Greens in July 2021 are noticeably cautious of drawing an explicit link between the climate emergency and weather that has devastated towns across the country and claimed the lives of at least 164 people.

After fatal floods, German authorities face criticism for lack of preparation

While heavy rain was forecast, infrastructure was overwhelmed and many residents did not get the message about the dangers.

Dozens dead in Mumbai after intense monsoon rains cause landslides – video report

More than 30 people have died in Mumbai after an intense burst of rainfall caused flooding and landslides, as changing monsoon patterns because of the climate crisis lead to more extreme rains across India.

Germany floods: Government rejects criticism over flood warnings

Germany's government has hit back at criticism over its warning systems after the worst flooding in decades left at least 160 people dead.

Merkel pledges stronger post-flood focus on ‘climate protection’

‘The German language knows hardly any words for this devastation,’ chancellor says on visit to flood-stricken region.

It’s not a border crisis. It's a climate change crisis

There was a time when rural Guatemalans never left home. But back to back hurricanes, failed crops and extreme poverty are driving them to make the dangerous trek north to the U.S. border.

Higher tides will threaten Bay Area roads. Highway 37 shows the challenge ahead

An elevated causeway would keep Highway 37 above a rising San Francisco Bay — but would cost $4 billion.

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Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors

Researchers find nearly 300 chemicals linked to breast cancer-contributing hormones in everyday products, and call for a renewed focus on women's exposure risks.

My island does not want to be resilient. We want a reclamation.

Unlearning academic jargon to understand and amplify beauty and power in Puerto Rico.

Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

Satellites show communities of color are far more exposed to pollution in Houston, offering a potential new way to close data gaps and tackle disparities.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The real story behind PFAS and Congress’ effort to clean up contamination: Op-ed

Former EPA official Jim Jones sets the record straight on 'the forever chemical' as lawmakers take up the PFAS Action Act

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