‘We Couldn’t Do Anything’: Family Drowns in Seoul Basement During Floods

Hundreds of thousands of poor people live in semi-underground homes around the city. The death of a family of three showed ​how vulnerable they are to flooding.

#deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drownings, #floods, #rain, #south-korea, #yoon-suk-yeol

Biden Is Facing Crisis After Crisis. But Are They Emergencies?

President Biden is under pressure — often from his own allies — to declare national emergencies on issues like climate and abortion that are roiling American culture.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #monkeypox, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

How Is Climate Change Affecting Floods?

Like other extreme weather disasters, flooding involves a number of competing factors that may affect its frequency and intensity.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #rain, #rivers

How the Government Is Failing Americans Uprooted by Natural Disaster

Climate change is creating a growing class of displaced Americans, and the federal government is struggling to decide how to help them.

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What Would a Climate Emergency Mean? Here Are 4 Key Points.

As 100 million Americans swelter under heat warnings, the president is considering whether to invoke special powers to address climate change.

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The Supreme Court Dealt a Terrible Blow to Children’s Health

We are now learning that climate change and air pollution can act together to increase health effects.

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Tell Us About Your Bills From a Hurricane or Flood

As we explore how extreme weather and the climate crisis are affecting Americans, you can help us by detailing what you’ve faced in home repairs and other costs.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #insurance, #internal-open-access, #mold, #weather

Secret Emergency Orders May Include Focus on Internet, New Files Show

Dating back to 1950s preparations for nuclear war and revised after the Sept. 11 attacks, the presidential directives are not shown to Congress.

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When the Red River Floods, Oslo Becomes a Minnesota Island

When the Red River floods near Oslo, Minn., which happens a lot, residents are stuck within the city limits. But a truce with nature keeps the water away from their homes.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #oslo-mn, #red-river, #rivers

As Climate Changes, Flood Rules Need Reform

As the climate changes, flood rules need reform to protect communities on the front lines.

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A Super Building for Fragile Times

The Oregon State Treasury is moving into a newly constructed structure designed to withstand every disaster the designers could conjure.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #engineering-and-engineers, #oregon-state-treasury, #real-estate-commercial

One-Third of Americans Faced Extreme Weather in Recent Years, Survey Finds

Hurricanes and winter weather, such as snow, ice storms and blizzards, were the most common events cited, according to a Gallup poll.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #gallup-poll, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #polls-and-public-opinion, #weather, #wildfires

Fires, Then Floods: Risk of Deadly Climate Combination Rises

A new study found that the dangerous pairing of disasters may become more common in the American West as rains trigger runaway surges of mud and debris in areas damaged by wildfire.

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What a Power Cutoff Could Mean for Chernobyl’s Nuclear Waste

With no working reactors, there is no risk of a meltdown. But the ruins from the 1983 disaster still pose considerable dangers.

#chernobyl-ukraine, #disasters-and-emergencies, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-wastes, #radiation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Australia Flooding Declared a National Emergency

At least 20 people have died and tens of thousands have been ordered to evacuate as record rainfall continues to inundate the country’s eastern coast.

#australia, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #morrison-scott-1968, #rain, #weather

5 Takeaways From the U.N. Report on Climate Hazards

Global warming is affecting every part of the planet. Humans should have started preparing yesterday.

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Climate Change’s Effects Outpacing Ability to Adapt, I.P.C.C. Warns

Countries aren’t doing nearly enough to protect against the disasters to come as the planet keeps heating up, a major new scientific report concludes.

#agriculture-and-farming, #disasters-and-emergencies, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #united-nations, #wildfires

For Many Storm Victims, a Long Wait to Get Insurance Payments

As the impact of extreme weather intensifies, getting reimbursed by insurers becomes increasingly challenging.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #florida, #homeowners-insurance, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana

Tonga Is Receiving ‘Contactless’ Aid. There are Pros and Cons.

Covid-era travel restrictions have mostly prevented expatriate aid workers from flying into Pacific island nations after natural disasters. The results are mixed.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #fiji, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nonprofit-organizations, #save-the-children, #tonga, #united-nations, #vanuatu

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.

#colorado, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #polis-jared-s-1975, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renters-insurance, #suburbs, #wildfires

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.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #engineering-and-engineers, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-code-council-inc, #joplin-mo, #kentucky, #national-assn-of-home-builders, #national-institute-of-standards-and-technology, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tornadoes

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.

#beshear-andrew-g-1977, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #comer-james-r, #disasters-and-emergencies, #kentucky, #mayfield-ky, #tornadoes, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #office-of-emergency-management-nyc, #tornadoes, #weather

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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