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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves

The author of a new study said the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.”

#air-conditioning, #atlanta-ga, #detroit-mich, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environmental-sciencetechnology-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heatstroke, #phoenix-ariz, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #research, #stone-brian, #urban-areas

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When Climate Breakdown Hits Home: ‘Our Small Town Now Has a Rush Hour’

Readers share how environmental issues are changing their lives.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #floods, #global-warming, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wildfires

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How Debt and Climate Change Pose a ‘Systemic Risk to the Global Economy’

With dozens of countries struggling to manage both staggering debt and mounting climate disasters, some financial leaders are debating green debt relief.

#belize, #coast-erosion, #credit-and-debt, #credit-ratings-and-credit-rating-agencies, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #fiji, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-twenty, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #international-monetary-fund, #mozambique, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #world-bank

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‘Imminent’ Collapse of Wastewater Reservoir in Florida Forces Evacuations

A potential deluge of nearly 400 million gallons of water from a former phosphate mine threatened homes south of Tampa on Saturday, officials warned.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #manatee-county-fla, #phosphate, #phosphogypsum, #piney-point, #reservoirs, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Devastating Tornadoes Batter Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee

At least six people died in storms that tore through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

#alabama, #coweta-county-ga, #deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #georgia, #newnan-ga, #ohatchee-ala, #tennessee, #tornadoes

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The ‘Old American Dream,’ a Trap as the Floods Keep Coming

In Houston’s poorest neighborhoods, an unfamiliar winter storm stoked a familiar anguish, one fueled by recurring floods and what residents see as a pattern of neglect.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #families-and-family-life, #floods, #global-warming, #houston-tex, #hurricane-harvey-2017, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #texas, #weather

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Dennis Mileti, Expert on Preparing for Disasters, Dies at 75

He was dismayed at the mixed messaging on Covid-19. The virus killed him.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mileti-dennis-1945-2021, #university-of-colorado

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Fukushima Photos: 10 Years Later

Ten years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami led to a nuclear meltdown in northern Japan, residents are readjusting to places that feel familiar and hostile at once.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #fukushima-japan, #fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant-japan, #japan, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #nuclear-energy, #photography

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How a Disaster Relief Program Changed the Roman Empire for the Better

Pompeii may symbolize catastrophe, but its aftermath provides a blueprint for rebuilding.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #disasters-and-emergencies, #pompeii-italy, #rome-italy

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Biden Visits Storm-Battered Texas and Vows Federal Help ‘For the Long Haul’

The overwhelming nature of grief has been the unofficial theme this week for a White House confronted with a disaster in the nation’s second largest state amid a pandemic.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #houston-tex, #texas, #turner-sylvester, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Storm Victims Didn’t Bring It on Themselves

Disasters call for compassion and action, not sniping on social media.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #portland-ore, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #southern-states-us, #texas, #weather

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds

Emergency management officials aim to funnel up to $10 billion into preventing climate disasters. The plan “would dwarf all previous grant programs of its kind,” one analyst said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Disaster Costs Doubled in 2020, Reflecting Costs of Climate Change

The $95 billion in damage came in a year marked by a record number of named Atlantic storms, as well as the largest wildfires recorded in California.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #insurance, #munich-re, #wildfires

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The Climate Desk Looks Ahead to 2021

After a year when climate-related disasters seemed to become the norm, the team will be monitoring a 2021 that is pivotal for the world.

#air-pollution, #australia, #california, #content-type-service, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #methane, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #presidential-transition-us, #solar-energy, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wildfires, #wind-power

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How Parents Can Tame the Stress of Climate Crises

When pandemic parenting is topped off by wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme events, some stress-relieving measures are particularly suited to getting through the challenges.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #families-and-family-life, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #wildfires

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A Typhoon Spared the Philippine Capital. Will Manila Be So Lucky Next Time?

With climate change heightening the Philippines’ risk of natural disaster, the country is braced for the next catastrophe.

#abs-cbn-corp, #disasters-and-emergencies, #duterte-rodrigo, #global-warming, #luzon-philippines, #manila-philippines, #philippines, #typhoon-bopha-2012, #typhoon-haiyan-2013, #typhoon-mangkhut-2018, #typhoons

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Zeta Is Forecast to Bring Life-Threatening Storm Surge to Louisiana

The storm, which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, is expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon. Preparations across the state have already begun.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-zeta, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #rain, #weather, #wind

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Landslide in Vietnam Kills at Least 20 Military Personnel

Search-and-rescue efforts were underway after a landslide in the central province of Quang Tri, resulting in what may be the country’s greatest military loss in peacetime.

#deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #rain, #vietnam

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Trump Administration Rejects California’s Request for Wildfire Relief

The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.

#cal-fire, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fresno-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #mendocino-calif, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #san-bernardino-calif, #san-diego-calif, #trump-donald-j, #wildfires

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Facing Disaster After Disaster, the American Red Cross C.E.O. Stays Optimistic

“I really believe when we’re all set free from captivity, we are going to be so happy and kind to each other,” Gail McGovern says.

#american-red-cross, #blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mcgovern-gail-j, #wildfires

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Hurricane Delta Heads Toward Louisiana

Schools have been closed and several parishes are under either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #hurricane-delta, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-hurricane-center, #weather, #wind

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Fires and Storms Push Demand for Emergency Shelter to a New High

The Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record, a sign of the widening human toll of climate change.

#american-red-cross, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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Pakistan’s Most Terrifying Adversary Is Climate Change

The country debates women’s honor inexhaustibly but pays little attention to the ferocious and imminent dangers of climate disasters.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #himalayas, #karachi-pakistan, #pakistan, #world-bank

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Some in Oregon Wildfires’ Path Never Got Evacuation Alerts

Technological advancements have helped people get information about when to leave and where to go. But some never got the alerts and had to search social media for vital information.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #security-and-warning-systems, #wildfires

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I Am Not a Housewife. I’m a Prepper.

Survivalism can be less about guns and ammo, and more about homemaking and community resilience.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #doomsday, #feminism, #motherhood

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How I Found My Inner Prepper Mom

Survivalism can be less about guns and ammo, and more about homemaking and community resilience.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #doomsday, #feminism, #motherhood

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Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.

The Times spoke to two dozen experts who said decisions made now would spell the difference between a difficult future and something far worse.

#carbon-dioxide, #disasters-and-emergencies, #earth, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #weather, #wildfires

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After Fire and Floods, Glimmers of Hope

Americans may be finding some common sense about building homes in vulnerable areas.

#building-construction, #coast-erosion, #disasters-and-emergencies, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #wildfires

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How to Pack an Emergency Bag

The first step toward a solid evacuation plan is pulling together all the gear you need, before you need it.

#content-type-service, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #university-of-delaware, #wildfires

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California, the Most Calamitous Place on Earth

Drought, flood, wildfire, mudslide, earthquake — it’s a hell of a way to run through the seasons.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #paradise-calif, #wildfires

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In Visiting a Charred California, Trump Confronts a Scientific Reality He Denies

A president who has mocked climate change and pushed policies that accelerate it is set to be briefed on the scorched earth and ash-filled skies that experts say are the predictable result.

#air-pollution, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #carbon-dioxide, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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At U.S.A.I.D., Juggling Political Priorities and Pandemic Response

Aggressive oversight of the aid agency by political appointees at the White House and the State Department has delayed humanitarian aid when the world needs it most.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barsa-john, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-budget-us, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela, #ventilators-medical, #xinjiang-china

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As Fires Disrupt Schools, ‘the Pandemic Has Actually Helped’

After wildfires consumed an entire town, students and teachers who had planned for remote classes found some comfort in staying connected amid the chaos.

#butte-county-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #darling-hammond-linda, #disasters-and-emergencies, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #paradise-calif, #sonoma-county-calif, #wildfires

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17 Dead and Dozens Missing in Vast Western Wildfires

In Oregon, where more than 1 million acres have burned, fires have destroyed entire towns and forced 40,000 residents to evacuate.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: 500,000 Under Evacuation Orders in Oregon

The mayor of Portland declared a state of emergency as fires burned toward the city. California and Washington State are battling growing fires, too.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #portland-ore, #washington-state, #wildfires

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I Need You to Care That Our Country Is on Fire

Would you feel more urgency about climate change if all you could see was smoke?

#disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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Americans Back Tough Limits on Building in Fire and Flood Zones

A majority support outright bans on construction in disaster-prone areas, as well as paying people to move, researchers say — policies that local governments have been reluctant to adopt.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

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Wildfires Hasten Another Climate Crisis: Homeowners Who Can’t Get Insurance

Insurers, facing huge losses, have been pulling back from fire-prone areas across California. “The marketplace has largely collapsed,” an advocate for counties in the state said.

#california, #consumer-protection, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #insurance, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #wildfires

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U.S. Flood Strategy Shifts to ‘Unavoidable’ Relocation of Entire Neighborhoods

Using tax dollars to move whole communities out of flood zones, an idea long dismissed as radical, is swiftly becoming policy, marking a new and more disruptive phase of climate change.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #disasters-and-emergencies, #eminent-domain, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Marco Nears Louisiana as Laura Rakes Cuba: Live Updates

Damaging storms on converging tracks threaten to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast in quick succession after plowing through the Caribbean.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #tropical-storm-laura, #tropical-storm-marco, #weather

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Reeling From a Storm, Iowans Worry They Have Been Forgotten

In Cedar Rapids, where President Trump stopped briefly on Tuesday, thousands of people are unable to return to their homes after devastating winds tore through the state.

#cedar-rapids-iowa, #disasters-and-emergencies, #iowa, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #trump-donald-j, #wind

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