How a Volcano Severed Tonga From the World

The disaster caused by the largest eruption in decades has been defined so far by the nation’s near-complete disconnection in an ever-connected age.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #tidal-waves-and-tsunamis, #tonga, #volcanoes

Biden Consoles Residents in Fire-Ravaged Colorado

The president said the devastation caused by natural disasters rooted in climate change was “a blinking ‘code red’ for our nation.”

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Colorado Residents Ponder the Road Ahead After Wildfires

Days after what might be the most damaging wildfire in state history, residents are just beginning to make sense of the long road back and the extent of the damage.

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How the Building Industry Blocked Better Tornado Safeguards

Engineers know how to protect people from tornadoes like the ones that recently devastated parts of Kentucky, but builders have headed off efforts to toughen standards.

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What Role Does Climate Change Play in Wind Storms and Tornadoes?

The science suggests that the United States can expect more unusual and severe storms as the world heats up, increasing the urgency for action to protect communities.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

Biden Will Tour Kentucky Storm Damage

President Biden will visit another disaster area in an effort to offer comfort to victims and highlight the federal government’s response.

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First Fires, Then Floods: Climate Extremes Batter Australia

Many of the same areas that suffered through horrific bush fires in 2019 and 2020 are now dealing with prodigious rainfall that could leave some people stranded for weeks.

#australia, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #floods, #global-warming, #la-nina, #weather

The World Is Unprepared for the Next Pandemic, Report Says

The latest Global Health Security Index finds that no country is positioned well to respond to outbreaks.

#australia, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #finland, #thailand, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Three Months After Hurricane Ida, Residents Are Still Waiting for FEMA Housing

As storms and fires become more severe, disaster housing policy has failed to keep up, leaving people displaced for months on end.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #enterprise-community-partners, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #houma-la, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana, #mobile-homes-and-trailers, #new-orleans-la

As Federal Disaster Aid Languishes, Private Lenders Are Filling the Gap

A new program allows Morgan Stanley to front money for disaster repairs and then get paid back, with interest, by taxpayers.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #enterprise-community-partners, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #morgan-stanley

What New Yorkers Need to Know About Tornadoes

While the chances of a tornado in any of the boroughs are slim, experts said one could still spawn from a severe thunderstorm and devastate the city.

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Negotiators Strike a Climate Deal, but World Remains Far From Limiting Warming

Some activists called the agreement in Glasgow disappointing, but it establishes a clear consensus that all countries need to do much more.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

What Does It Take to Build a Disaster-Proof House?

A few homeowners across the country are trying to find out, by experimenting with new (and old) construction techniques.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #paradise-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wildfires

China and the United States Agree to Work Together to Tackle Climate Change

As nearly 200 nations struggle over global climate negotiations, the world’s two biggest polluters sign an agreement that is short on details..

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #wildfires

When Kilauea Erupted, a New Volcanic Playbook Was Written

Scientists learned lessons from the 2018 outburst on the island of Hawaii that are changing how responders prepare for eruptions in other places.

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Disaster Prep Kits Get a Makeover

The climate crisis has spawned an unlikely new area of fashion entrepreneurship.

#accidents-and-safety, #disasters-and-emergencies, #emergency-prep, #first-aid, #global-warming, #huck-simon-1983, #judy-prep-inc, #your-feed-fashion

For Climate Change, Biden’s $3.5 Billion Plan Isn’t Big Enough

What we don’t spend now to deal with climate change will cost us much more later.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gross-domestic-product, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #manchin-joe-iii, #union-of-concerned-scientists, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather

Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?

The most popular state for tourism in the U.S. endured record wildfires, drought and flooding just this year. “The rate of change has been so dramatic,” says one local scientist. “If I was the California tourism industry, I’d be really worried.”

#alpine-skiing, #autumn-season, #california, #calistoga-calif, #conservation-of-resources, #cross-country-skiing, #disasters-and-emergencies, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #eco-tourism, #global-warming, #napa-calif, #palisades-tahoe, #palm-springs-calif, #skiing, #sonoma-county-calif, #south-lake-tahoe-calif, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #university-of-california-davis, #university-of-california-riverside, #university-of-nevada-reno, #university-of-waterloo, #utah-state-university, #weather, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

FEMA Says It’s Still Working to Fix Racial Disparities in Disaster Aid

Officials were advised last year to address inequity in relief programs. A document issued Wednesday shows they are still trying to decide how.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #disasters-and-emergencies, #discrimination, #federal-aid-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Is COP26 and Why Is the Climate Change Summit Important?

Some 20,000 people are preparing to attend climate talks hosted by the United Nations starting at the end of the month. Here are some key facts to know before they go.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #glasgow-scotland, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations

Why Louisiana’s Electric Grid Failed in Hurricane Ida

Much of the state, including New Orleans, lost power for days because many of Entergy’s electrical poles and towers were not built to withstand a major hurricane, energy experts said.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy, #weather, #wind

The Greatest Killer in New Orleans Wasn’t the Hurricane. It Was the Heat.

A huge power failure after Hurricane Ida left vulnerable residents in sweltering apartments for days. At least 10 deaths in the city have been tied to the heat.

#deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricane-ida-2021, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts

Disabled People Struggle to Evacuate From Wildfires

In Northern California, a region troubled by fire, many people with disabilities live in rural areas that lack the resources to support them during disasters.

#american-red-cross, #butte-county-calif, #direct-relief-charity, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #intellectual-disabilities, #paradise-calif, #plumas-county-calif, #rescues, #rural-areas, #san-jose-calif, #wildfires

From 4% to 45%: Biden Sets an Ambitious Plan for Solar Energy

The administration has offered only a broad outline of its plan, and many of the details will be decided by congressional lawmakers.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-department, #global-warming, #granholm-jennifer-m, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #solar-energy, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Calling ‘Code Red’ on Climate, Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Plan

“The nation and the world are in peril,” the president said during a stop in a hard-hit borough of New York City. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #new-jersey, #queens-nyc, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Speech on Climate Change and Ida: Full Transcript

“The nation and the world are in peril,” President Biden said after touring storm damage in New York and Jersey. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”

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New York and New Jersey Residents to Receive Federal Aid After Storm

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York has estimated the state suffered at least $50 million in damages.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #hochul-kathleen-c, #hurricane-ida-2021, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #weather

Nearly a Week Without Power, New Orleans Is Facing a ‘Race With the Clock’

Forecasters are warning of dangerously high temperatures this weekend as 70 percent of the city remains without power after Hurricane Ida.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts

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.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-aid-us, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la

After a Summer of Disasters, Some Lawmakers See a Chance for Climate Action

Congress is considering bills to help communities prepare for extreme weather and to cut the greenhouse gases that are driving climate change. But passage is not assured.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #federal-budget-us, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricane-ida-2021, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #new-york-city, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wildfires

How to Pack an Emergency Go Bag

Climate-related emergencies like hurricanes, fires and floods are becoming more frequent. Here’s how to prepare whether you need to evacuate or hunker down.

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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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Lack of Power Hinders Assessment of Toxic Pollution Caused by Ida

More than 100 industrial sites that handle large amounts of hazardous substances are in and around parishes still without power.

#chemicals, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environmental-protection-agency, #factories-and-manufacturing, #global-warming, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-ida-2021, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #phillips-66, #power-failures-and-blackouts

Hurricane Ida: How to Help

Charitable agencies help communities in need after natural disasters. But there are also fraudsters preying on the emotion and helplessness that follows the destruction.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms

Hurricane Ida Exposes Grid Weaknesses as New Orleans Goes Dark

A new natural gas power plant, meant to power the city in an emergency, did not come to the rescue when the storm disabled eight transmission lines.

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How Government Decisions Left Tennessee Exposed to Deadly Flooding

Choices about building rules, insurance programs, flood maps and more put residents at higher risk, according to climate and disaster experts.

#building-construction, #deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #humphreys-county-tenn, #local-government, #national-weather-service, #rain, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tennessee

How to Escape the Cycle of Mismanaged Aid in Haiti

The unimaginable destruction I witnessed in the country demands that we do better now.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #haiti, #haiti-earthquake-august-2021, #humanitarian-aid

A Look Inside the Caldor Fire

After years covering California’s wildfires, a photographer experienced the event from the other side of the lens.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #photography

Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard

Many Native people were forced into the most undesirable areas of America, first by white settlers, then by the government. Now, parts of that marginal land are becoming uninhabitable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Frustration Mounts in Search for Survivors of Condo Collapse Near Miami

No survivors were found Friday, and the number of people unaccounted for rose to more than 150. Their families were increasingly losing hope.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #fires-and-firefighters, #rescues, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Photos From the Scene of a Tragic Building Collapse in Florida

Ninety-nine people were still unaccounted for after a residential building collapsed in the beachfront community.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #miami-fla, #photography, #surfside-fla

N.Y. State of Emergency Ends Thursday. Booze to Go to End With It.

With most restrictions already relaxed and fewer new coronavirus cases being detected in the state, “the emergency is over,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday.

#alcoholic-beverages, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #disasters-and-emergencies, #disease-rates, #new-york-state-liquor-authority, #politics-and-government

Why California Is Still in a State of Emergency

Wednesday: Even as coronavirus pandemic rules are lifted, the official emergency status will continue. Here’s what that means.

#california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disasters-and-emergencies

FEMA Disaster Aid Often Widens Racial Disparities

The federal government often gives less help to Black disaster survivors than their white neighbors. That’s a challenge for President Biden, who has vowed to fight both inequality and climate change.

#black-people, #disasters-and-emergencies, #discrimination, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #finances, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #income-inequality, #lake-charles-la, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #research, #whites

California Looks at Curbing Construction in Wild Fire-Prone Areas

The state’s insurance regulator endorsed proposals that could reshape the real estate market, the latest sign of climate shocks hitting the economy.

#building-construction, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #homeowners-insurance, #insurance, #napa-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wildfires

Biden Doubles FEMA Program to Prepare for Extreme Weather

At the outset of hurricane and wildfire season, the Biden administration is doubling to $1 billion a fund that helps communities prepare for disasters.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #united-states-politics-and-government

Facing Hurricane and Wildfire Seasons, FEMA Is Already Worn Out

Multiple missions, combined with years of record disasters, have strained the agency — and scientists predict an unusually severe disaster season ahead.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters

Any infrastructure bill should include money to protect communities from flooding, storms, drought and wildfires.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather

Climate Change Is Making Big Problems Bigger

New data compiled by the E.P.A. shows how global warming is making life harder for Americans in myriad ways that threaten their health, safety and homes.

#allergies, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environmental-protection-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lyme-disease, #regan-michael-s-1976, #wildfires

How Hospitals Can Help Patients and the Planet

Health care systems are trying to answer the central question of how to care for patients when climate change threatens their ability to remain open.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hospitals, #hurricane-sandy-2012