Nearly 20% of homes in West Virginia, 5% in Kentucky and 2.3% in Ohio are at risk of seeing structural damage due to flooding. Combined, this puts more than 230,000 residential properties eligible for federal flood insurance at risk in the Ohio Valley.
As part of the yearlong reporting project "Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia," InvestigateWest commissioned a set of maps that provide digital windows into vulnerabilities spanning Washington and Oregon that are likely to worsen with climate change.
Substantial work still needs to be done to protect houses from flood damage and to ensure homes do not dangerously overheat in summer as climate change intensifies storms and heatwaves in the UK. That is the key message from one of the country's leading experts on climate change adaptation.
Most departments - from Interior to Transportation - can help reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and improve climate resilience. And with gridlock likely to continue in the closely divided Congress, rulemaking in the executive branch may be the only way to make a difference.
Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.