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Climate Change Comes for Rich Countries

By Somini Sengupta I wrote an article over the weekend about the rich world facing extreme weather disasters intensified by climate change. Since then, the skies over New York City, where I live, turned an ominous shade of red because…

Biden Pledges Money for Firefighters as a Heat Wave and Wildfires Roil the West

With a record-shattering heat wave suffocating much of the Pacific Northwest and a drought-fueled wildfire season already well underway, President Biden pledged on Wednesday to keep federal firefighters on duty for a longer season, and to increase their pay. But…

Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard

In Chefornak, a Yu’pik village near the western coast of Alaska, the water is getting closer. The thick ground, once frozen solid, is thawing. The village preschool, its blue paint peeling, sits precariously on wooden stilts in spongy marsh between…

An Earthquake in Japan Speaks to a Sea Wall in San Francisco

The Port of San Francisco (which manages 7.5 miles of the city’s waterfront, including the three miles buttressed by the sea wall) had assumed the wall needed upgrading, but it did not know just how direly until 2016, when officials…

FEMA Disaster Aid Often Widens Racial Disparities

Research published in 2018 found that, for white Americans, living in a county hit by a large disaster was a financial boon. Those white residents didn’t just see their wealth grow — it grew five times as much, on average,…

California Looks at Curbing Construction in Wild Fire-Prone Areas

At the start of wildfire season, California’s insurance regulator has backed sweeping changes to discourage home building in fire-prone areas, including looking at cutting off new construction in those regions from what is often their only source of insurance —…

Add ‘Climate Hazards’ to Your Home-Buyer’s Checklist

“These things create a change in value and change a risk for this massive asset that you’re buying as a consumer, and whether people are proactively asking for it or not, we think it’s a responsibility to surface it to…

Biden Doubles FEMA Program to Prepare for Extreme Weather

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said it will spend $1 billion to help communities prepare for worsening disasters, the latest sign of the toll that climate change is already taking across the United States. The change will double the current…

Facing Hurricane and Wildfire Seasons, FEMA Is Already Worn Out

WASHINGTON — Workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been scouting shelters for the migrant children surging across the Southern border. They’ve been running coronavirus vaccination sites in Colorado, Massachusetts and Washington. And they are still managing the recovery…

We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters

The infrastructure bills taking shape in Congress will be the first test of the Biden administration’s ability to legislate on climate change. Most eyes are on how greener infrastructure can cut emissions of warming gases. But it will take decades…

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