Global Warming and Climate Change News

In a summer of wildfires and hurricanes, my son asks “why is everything going wrong?”
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

We hear about the record-setting amounts of water that Hurricane Harvey dumped on Houston and other Gulf cities and towns, mixing with petrochemicals to pollute and poison on an unfathomable scale. [News Source]

Hurricane Irma: Gov. Scott, quit the climate denial.
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

Once the wind dies down and the water recedes, we hope Florida Governor Rick Scott can be just as decisive in abandoning his tunnel vision when it comes to the threat of climate change. [News Source]

Flying into the eye of Hurricane Irma with U.S. ‘Hurricane Hunters.’
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

The sky darkened, lightning flashed and a jolt of turbulence shook the cabin of the hulking Air Force turbo-prop aircraft as it plied its way toward the eye of Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded. [News Source]

As Irma closes in, Republican mayor of Miami blasts Trump for ignoring climate change.
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

As Hurricane Irma continues on its collision course with Florida, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, a Republican, criticized President Donald Trump and his administration for refusing to acknowledge the connection between climate change and more intense and destructive storms. [News Source]

Hurricane Katia hits Mexico while Jose just misses same islands ravaged by Irma.
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

Category 4 Hurricane Jose, packing winds of 145 mph, appeared to mostly miss the northeastern Lesser Antilles as well as the U.S. and British Virgin Islands as it swept northwestward Saturday. [News Source]

Living on Earth: Flood insurance & resilience.
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

As Hurricane Irma hits the US and Texas cleans up from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, Congress faces a September 30th deadline to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program. Despite some problems with this program, Larry Larson of the Association of State Floodplain Managers tells host Steve Curwood that flood insurance shifts at least some of the costs of disaster recovery to homeowners to incentivize flood-resilient rebuilding. [News Source]

Mosquitoes, medicine and mold: Texas battles post-Harvey health issues.
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

Dr. Carrie de Moor has a nasty cough, and she’s not sure if it's allergies or one of the common respiratory infections that have been spreading since Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas late last month. [News Source]

Weather Channel goes into overdrive covering back-to-back hurricanes.
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

At 8:06 on Friday morning, Nora Zimmett had a minor crisis on her hands. Ms. Zimmett, the senior vice president of programming for the Weather Channel, was in the control room here, monitoring the networks rolling coverage of Hurricane Irma. [News Source]

When Texas’ most toxic sites flooded these are the communities that suffered most.
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

In August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas as a Category 4 storm, bringing with it catastrophic winds and 33 trillion gallons of rain, which caused deadly flooding in the Gulf Coast region of the state and around the Houston area. The record breaking rainfall also brought another problem: Toxic pollutants in vulnerable communities. [News Source]

Chocolate maker Mars to spend $1 billion tackling climate change and social problems.
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

The chocolate giant Mars is promising to spend close to $1 billion over the next few years fighting climate change. [News Source]

Florida is due for a reckoning. Will Irma be it?
Sunday September 10th 2017, 10:00 AM

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, looks set to hit the continental United States in the coming days. If we are lucky the storm will veer back out to sea, but the National Hurricane Center’s forecast shows the hurricane bearing down on South Florida. Even if it only sideswipes the state, it will wreak havoc. [News Source]