News Highlights

Disaster and Neglect in Louisiana

FEMA is considering requiring states to help fund their own recoveries by paying deductibles. That could hurt poor and disaster-prone states, though the agency argues in a rulemaking notice that it would “incentivize greater state resilience to future disasters.”

Arizona’s Monstrous Monsoons and Haboobs

Extreme weather, including more intense rain, snow and flooding, is becoming more frequent as the climate changes because the warmer air in the lower atmosphere is able to hold more moisture. This summer, southern Arizona experienced its hottest June and wettest July on record. This weather is part of a pattern of increasingly ferocious monsoons that has been shaping up for decades. Climate change is influencing hydrology in a way that stresses people, communities, and ecosystems.

Trending: Nature Climate Change – Choices to be made

“Local and regional authorities are making climate-conscious choices, whilst climate change impacts will soon mean individuals need to make choices to survive.” Read the Nature Climate Change Editorial here.

Wildfire Season Is Scorching the West

Rising temperatures are making the fire season longer than it used to be. The warming fueled by greenhouse gases is also helping to create more and larger fires as it dries out more vegetation that acts as fuel for fires. This new fire situation means that western states need to be begin to rethink how they prepare for and combat fires, as well as how fire-prone land is developed.

ENSIA Reports: To Avoid Climate Catastrophe, We’ll Need to Remove CO2

With sufficient investment and strategic deployment, carbon dioxide removal and storage can play a key role in keeping global warming to a level we can live with.

Podcast: Millions of dead trees, killed by drought, stoke wildfire fears

Although fire is a natural part of the Sierras, the long-term drought has made it more likely that wildfires will burn out of control.

Today’s Extreme Heat May Become Norm Within a Decade

Extreme heat records of 2015 are projected to be the “new normal” by 2040 at the latest, and possibly as early as 2020, new models project.

Trending: Locals Face Hard Choices as Louisiana Coast Recedes

Some 120,000 people live on the shrinking lowlands south of New Orleans – but getting their attention to looming environmental threats is no easy task.

6 steps to “Make Our Planet Great Again” – Land Use Change Matters

Conservation International highlights a recent article in Nature where Christiana Figueres and colleagues set out a six-point plan for turning the tide of the world’s carbon dioxide by 2020.

Climate Change Altering Droughts, Impacts Across U.S.

Research shows that rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall driven by climate change are creating an unprecedented risk of severe drought in the Southwest and Central Great Plains, setting up drought conditions that could be worse than at any time in the last millennium.