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United Nations warns of ‘catastrophic pathway’ with current climate pledges

An accounting of promises made by countries in the years since the Paris accord found that they are not enough to avoid drastic impacts from climate change.
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Climate change and construction spell disaster for the Himalayas

This summer flash floods and landslides in India left people bereaved and displaced. Activists say poor urban planning, driven by tourism and urban growth, is exacerbating the impact of the climate crisis.
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Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades

Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network.

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Biden to visit Northeast flood zones as demand grows for climate action

The president will visit hard-hit areas in New York and New Jersey, as residents call for more serious action on climate change.

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.

Overlapping disasters expose harsh climate reality: The US is not ready

The deadly flooding in the Northeast, on the heels of destruction from Louisiana to California, shows the limits of adapting to climate change. Experts say it will only get worse.

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.
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UN: Weather disasters soar in numbers, cost, but deaths fall

Weather disasters are striking the world four to five times more often and causing seven times more damage than in the 1970s, the United Nations weather agency reports. But these disasters are killing far fewer people.


Biden looks at climate change risks to financial markets

In a season of daunting wildfires and flooding, the Biden administration is taking an initial step to assess how climate change could harm financial markets.


Why Biden’s NPS director nominee matters more than ever

The National Park Service hasn't had a director in four years. The Biden administration is trying to fix that but faces a host of major challenges.


After catastrophic flooding, Lee requests disaster funds from Biden

Congressman Mark Green, R-CD 7, is urging federal officials to designate Humphreys County a disaster area designation after flooding.

The Tennessee flooding: What role does climate change play?

Flooding is complicated. It can be tricky to determine whether climate change is the driving force behind any individual flood or making it more catastrophic.


Earthquake-Struck Haiti is Lashed by Heavy Rains After Storm Hits

The new casualty figures from Saturday’s quake, including 10,000 injured, come as victims struggled with a storm deluge that could complicate relief efforts.
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Flash Floods in Turkey Kill 59, and Dozens Are Still Missing

The death toll rose to at least 59 a fifth day after the disaster, and more than 70 people remain missing.

The long, slow drowning of the New Jersey shore

Billions have been spent to protect the beachfront. But inch by inch, water is winning the war.
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