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Climate and financial markets combined to keep policies artificially cheap for years.
Greater Portland Landmarks is hosting four virtual symposiums on climate change in Maine.
By late spring, the consensus among experts was unsettlingly clear: 2020 would be an abnormally active hurricane season. What the experts didn't anticipate was just how wild things would get.
PANAMA CITY BEACH — A local expert said the torrential rains from Hurricane Sally are largely to blame for the recent uptick in bacteria levels at Bay County beaches.
The smell of smoke can put Rocklynn Culp of Twisp, Wash., on edge. It’s an inescapable reminder of the 2014 Carlton Complex fire, which, when it happened, was the largest wildfire in Washington state history.
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region’s petrochemical facilities, possibly triggering an environmental disaster.
As Yale’s researchers scan the globe to see the impacts of climate change, a new report out of the School of Public Health underscores a risk much closer to home.
In May of 1938, a Rhode Island high school sophomore by the name of Philip C. Greene wrote a poem that would later seem like a harbinger of the natural disaster that would befall so many New England communities like his in the months to follow.
Navarre Beach lost an estimated 100 million cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Sally, and officials are racing to tally the full extent of the damage to secure as much funding as possible to restore the beach.
LANSING -- State lawmakers are exploring a new task force aimed at combating flooding and soil erosion, a problem that Michigan has been experiencing most recently with Great Lakes water levels hitting record heights this past spring and summer.
Our homes, our livelihoods and our economy depend on it.
GALVESTON — A wooden platform from a damaged fishing pier washed up on a Galveston beach on Monday, an early warning sign from Tropical Storm Beta, which is slowly approaching the southeast Texas coast.
Hurricane Sally gouged three breaches into the eastern tip of Perdido Key, separating the isolated stretch of barrier island into three small islands.
Two years ago this month Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina, leaving in its path billions in damage.
If the ground is what you stand on, can you tell when it moves?
As much as 40% of Hawaii's beaches could be lost to sea level rise by 2050, a new study predicts.
Hunkered down in a Metairie hotel, 50-year-old Ron Thomas scrolled through his phone, staring at photos of the storm-ravaged home he shares with his fiancee and his 73-year-old mother in northern Lake Charles.
The extreme weather conditions that led into the Labor Day weekend wildfires were unlike anything Oregon’s seen before but could become more frequent.
Powerful Hurricane Teddy will set its sights on Atlantic Canada for the middle of the week.
A storm-weary Gulf Coast bears down for another day of storms and potential flooding on Monday as Tropical Storm Beta prepares to make landfall along the Texas coastline.
Catastrophe risk modelling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has estimated that the insured cost of onshore property damages resulting from Hurricane Sally will be between $1 billion and $3 billion.
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 21)- The 2020 hurricane season is breaking records with 23 named storms, and more are projected to develop over the next few weeks.
Hurricane Sally is not expected to cause a major insurance loss – compared to events such as the ongoing wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington, or Hurricane Laura, according to AM Best.
Large breaking waves measuring 5 to 11 feet will strike the Space Coast surf zone through Tuesday as Hurricane Teddy treks northward far offshore, the National Weather Service warns.
A new report sets a timeline for Falmouth to make a historic retreat from its iconic Surf Drive coastal roadway in the face of sea level rise, flooding, and other impacts of climate change.
Throughout our history, Floridians have reveled in our state’s natural resources. With our miles of beautiful beaches, gorgeous coastline, and ample sunshine, it is no wonder our state is a destination for people from across the globe.
Tens of thousands of homeowners face financial losses because they were not considered to be in a flood zone and were not required to have insurance
DETROIT, Michigan, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release:
Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning near the Alabama and Florida border, with catastrophic flooding rainfall, damaging storm surge and strong winds.
More than half of the world's population lives in cities, and most future population growth is predicted to happen in urban areas. But the concentration of large numbers of people and the ecosystems built around their lives has also been a driver of climate change.
Flooding, power outages and bridge closures spread throughout coastal Alabama and Northwest Florida Tuesday night as Hurricane Sally battered the region.
Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee researches Mississippi River Delta conservation efforts to mitigate hurricane impacts
A new U.S. Geological Survey coastal change forecast predicts a decrease in impacts due to Hurricane Sally.
Though prone to flooding, Florida does not require a flood disclosure law in the process of selling a home.
On Sept. 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina and dumped as much as 30 inches of rain in some places. Catastrophic flooding caused extensive damage to homes and infrastructure in a large portion of the state.
High Lake Levels, Storms Have Caused Millions Of Dollars In Damage
Hurricane Laura caused $1.6 billion in damage to Louisiana agriculture, according to preliminary estimates from the LSU AgCenter.
GULFPORT, Miss. — Hurricane Sally, a plodding storm with winds of 85 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with the heaviest downpours dumping nearly 2 feet of rain.
Search by state or county to find properties at risk from climate-driven flooding
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La Niña conditions weaken wind shear in the tropical Atlantic, allowing more hurricanes to form.
With much of southwest Louisiana still dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Laura, new evacuations have been ordered as Tropical Storm Sally aims for the central Gulf Coast.
Experimental economic redevelopment to address town’s flooding woes
As Audubon Louisiana assesses damage to its coastal sites, including Rainey Sanctuary, people in Louisiana need help to recover from the storm.
The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (DCM) will host a free interactive webinar on the new N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program, September 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. The intended audience includes consultants, regional governments, colleges/universities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have an interest in receiving and submitting a response to the program's 2020 Phase 1 and Phase 2 Request for Qualifications.
‘Whether we like it or not, we need to adapt our city to manage the mounting risks that sea-level rise and climate change pose to New York’s waterfront communities.’
The modern island of Hulhumale is taking shape 8km off the north-east coast of Malé island in the Maldives in direct response to the threat posed by inexorably rising sea levels.
As climate change drives more intense storms, hurricane-related costs in the United States have increased 1,100% since 1980, and the population of counties prone to hurricane damage has increased at least 22% faster than the overall U.S. population has grown.
It's unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to fight inequality will affect future trends
Made from Crossrail clay, Europe’s biggest coastal habitat restoration project is a valuable flood defence but is itself threatened by climate change
The Community Flood Watch Project is collecting resident reports of flooding in Jamaica Bay.
If you live somewhere with hurricanes, it’s time to look into your homeowner’s and car insurance policies. We lay out what you should look for in a policy and when you should get it (spoiler alert: get it now).
“They’re very important to us as a buffer to storms. That’s one of the, I think, most important things that those wetlands do,” said wetlands ecologist Bob Thomas.
The storm tops the September 17, 2005, record held by Philippe, continuing 2020 pace of record-setting named Atlantic storms.
Lack of understanding raises questions about how weather threats are communicated
Residents invited to Wednesday webinar to learn, offer feedback on city's efforts
A massive storm surge and rough waves already were pushing inland from the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Laura’s earliest gusty winds and dark clouds threatened as a group of storm chasers hit Holly Beach.
On a warm day in late August this year, Ocracoke looks much like it has for years.
A perfect storm is brewing in the United States.
A Stanford University study warns that coastal highways face a growing risk of flooding from sea level rise and storm surges that cascade into delays for commuters with limited road alternatives that may be miles away from flooding.
The CEOs of 37 major financial institutions announced that they would be integrating natural capital considerations into their products and services as a result of their commitment to the UN backed Natural Capital Declaration.
The hyper-active season is forecast to continue in the weeks ahead as a pattern of cooler-than-normal sea surface temperatures called La Niña continues to develop along the equator in the Pacific Ocean.
Parts of Washington State could be inundated with water if a major earthquake struck offshore and generated a tsunami, according to new simulations by the state Department of Natural Resources.
As climate change fuels flooding all over the country, one coping strategy is managed retreat: Local governments use federal funds to buy up waterlogged properties at fair market value, throwing distressed owners a financial lifeline and repurposing that land to help mitigate the impacts of recurrent flooding.
As climate change makes some places unlivable, how can we help the people who live there?
Quite a few years ago, climate scientists warned that if our climate continued to warm, our storms would become more numerous and stronger. It appears those predictions were mostly correct.
HOBOKEN, NJ – Ravi Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken—a densely populated urban enclave sitting at sea level along the mouth of the Hudson River—has announced that the City will sue fossil fuel companies over the ongoing impacts of flooding. The basis for the suit is the collective and demonstrable denial of climate change by oil companies.
For about the past decade, the bluff property has remained idle. That was until this year, when new property owners submitted plans to the city to construct seven homes.
As flooding grows more frequent, some smaller banks are shunning 30-year mortgages.
The federal government received 31 reports of oil and chemical spills that are connected to Hurricane Laura, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SODUS POINT, N.Y. — On Mother’s Day three years ago, Tom Frank was at his bayside restaurant, Captain Jack’s Good Time Tavern, when a brimming Lake Ontario surged onto the back patio.
Speakers Stress Importance of Resilience During Virtual Event
It would have been hell for a sprawling city already in the grips of a pandemic.
I’m the director of the North Carolina Climate Office, which is the go-to source for expertise in North Carolina’s climate. But if you call me to ask if there’s a downpour on the way, I probably won’t know the answer off the top of my head.
The National Hurricane Center estimated that Laura’s maximum sustained winds were 150 miles per hour as it moved ashore in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, around 1 a.m. Thursday.
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Insurance and reinsurance industry losses from Hurricane Laura's onslaught of the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast region today (Aug. 27) are expected to be manageable for the industry, despite the intensity of the storm, analysts have said.
Insurance companies are getting a scope of the damage caused by Hurricane Laura, with an analytics already estimating insured damage in the state at $8 billion to $12 billion a day after the storm slammed into southwest Louisiana and left a trail of destruction northward through the state.
Before Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm, meteorologists warned that it would hit industrial coastal cities like Port Arthur, Texas, especially hard.
Millions of people rely on real estate websites when they're hoping to buy or rent a home.
Earlier this year, a Michigan dam collapsed after heavy rainfall. The resulting flood forced thousands to flee their homes and will cost upwards of $175 million dollars.
A destructive storm is rising from warm waters. Again.
The one-two punch of tropical storms Marco and Laura along the U.S. Gulf coast eerily echoes Hurricane Katrina’s arrival 15 years ago, on August 29, 2005.
Tuesday, Phil Bedient kept checking noaa.gov for the most up-to-date information on Hurricane Laura, which was gathering strength in the 90-degree Gulf of Mexico.
‘The ups are getting a little bit higher and the downs aren’t going as low as they usually do’
Hurricane Laura is forecast to rapidly power up into a “catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane, even stronger than previously expected, as it churns toward Texas and Louisiana, swirling wind and water over much of the Gulf of Mexico.
This week, Laura could bring Louisiana its first landfall from a Category 3 or stronger hurricane in 15 years, since Hurricane Rita throttled parts of the state.
As Tropical Storm Laura powers up the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the risk of “life-threatening storm surge” to the Texas Gulf Coast including Galveston, an ambitious and costly proposal for protecting the area from a massive storm continues to slowly grind its way through the federal approval process.
A new report looks at the price of climate-linked natural disasters and how global warming is making them worse.
From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.
WASHINGTON - As if 2020 didn’t have enough going for it already, forecasters expect an especially busy hurricane season this year.
Repeated hurricanes drive up costs and risk as developers flood beach towns, but NC fishing piers provide habitat, recreation and economic draw.
The St. Petersburg City Council is moving forward with a plan to allow some development in flood-prone areas of the city.