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Climate

Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say

Ferocious wildfires in the U.S. West, torrential rains in Africa and record heat waves in the Siberian Arctic are all wild weather consistent with climate change, scientists say. And the world can expect even more extreme weather and higher risks from natural disasters as global emissions of greenhouse gases continue.
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Toxics

Hurricane Laura ignites chemical fire

Fire broke out Thursday morning at a chemical plant in Westlake, La., local authorities said, sending thick smoke over a wide area and prompting shelter-in-place directives for residents in the communities of Westlake, Moss Bluff and Sulphur.

Toxics

A hurricane in the middle of a pandemic: Medical facilities say they’re ready

Hospitals say they have plans in place to protect the sick and the well from COVID-19 when Laura strikes.

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Climate

Hurricane season could near record high activity in 2020, NOAA says

The 2020 hurricane season could be one of the more active seasons on record with twice as much storm activity as a normal year, forecasters say. The NOAA increased the chance of an above average hurricane season from 60% to 85%.
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Climate

Hurricane forecast: ‘One of the most active seasons on record’

Following a record number of Atlantic Ocean storms over the past two months, including five that struck the United States, government scientists on Thursday updated their forecast for the remainder of the hurricane season, saying it was likely to be extremely active.

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Climate

Tropical Storm Gonzalo expected to become 2020's first Atlantic hurricane

Gonzalo is the earliest named “G” storm since the satellite era began in 1966, according to the National Hurricane Center. In the Pacific, Hurricane Douglas is advancing toward Hawaii.
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Climate

As climate change strengthens hurricanes, could Bermuda High cause more loops in Atlantic?

If jet streams are weak enough and a tropical storm floats north, the wild card that dictates its path forward is the Bermuda High, an offshore merry-go-round of air that can snag storms propelled from Africa and send them clockwise: west across the Bermuda Triangle, and up the United States coast.

www.forbes.com
Water

Ocean Water Is Hurricane ‘Fuel’ - It’s Currently High Octane

As a 4th of July heat sets in, ocean waters are very hot. What this means for hurricane season.
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Climate

Trump’s plans to use nuclear weapons on hurricanes challenged in new Democratic bill

In August, Donald Trump reportedly asked top national security officials to consider using nuclear bombs to weaken or destroy hurricanes. Now, one member of Congress wants to make it illegal for Mr Trump, or any president, to act on this idea.

newrepublic.com
Climate

America is not as resilient as it thinks it is

Whether in a pandemic or a hurricane, inequality and underfunded infrastructure are bad for disaster preparedness.
Climate

Coronavirus and hurricanes: How to prepare

Without proper planning, the threat of hurricanes combined with Covid-19 is a recipe for disaster.

insideclimatenews.org
Climate

American climate video: Al Cathey had seen hurricanes, but nothing like Michael

The mayor of Mexico Beach remembers wondering whether his town could find the energy to recover.
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Climate

New NOAA emails reveal how Trump rattled NOAA during Hurricane Dorian

President Trump’s inaccurate statements, altered forecast map and tweets rattled top officials along with rank and file scientists.
From our Newsroom

The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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