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

WASHINGTON — The growing risk of overlapping heat waves and power failures poses a severe threat that major American cities are not prepared for, new research suggests. Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015, even as…

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

There are quite a few efforts to protect the harried fauna and their forests and rivers, but they seem to be failing. The onslaught is overwhelming, dizzying, insidious. There is massive resistance, manifest in the success of the development. It…

How Debt and Climate Change Pose ‘Systemic Risk’ to World Economy

How does a country deal with climate disasters when it’s drowning in debt? Not very well, it turns out. Especially not when a global pandemic clobbers its economy. Take Belize, Fiji and Mozambique. Vastly different countries, they are among dozens…

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

HOUSTON — In her kitchen, Juanita Hall routinely found opossums staring back at her from the cage trap she kept under the table. In one room, the flooring had simply washed away. The door to the back bedroom — her…

Storm Victims Didn’t Bring It on Themselves

Predictably, the Texas politicians who deny the reality of climate change and the utility executives who mismanaged the Texas power grid weren’t the ones who suffered the most in last week’s winter storms. And the people who were hardest hit…

Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

“We have to get better at understanding these compound impacts,” said Michael Craig, an expert in energy systems at the University of Michigan who recently led a study looking at how rising summer temperatures in Texas could strain the grid…

FEMA Plan Would Free Up Billions for Preventing Climate Disasters

WASHINGTON — Federal officials, showing how rapidly the Biden administration is overhauling climate policy after years of denial under former President Donald J. Trump, aim to free up as much as $10 billion at the Federal Emergency Management Agency to…

A Global Tour of a Record-Hot Year

2020 was effectively tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record, as global warming linked to greenhouse gas emissions showed no signs of letting up. Loading… Siberia and the Arctic were among the hottest regions. The heat fueled wildfires…

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

WASHINGTON — Hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters across the United States caused $95 billion in damage last year, according to new data, almost double the amount in 2019 and the third-highest losses since 2010. The new figures, reported Thursday morning…

The Climate Desk Looks Ahead to 2021

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Just how tumultuous was 2020 on the climate front? It was a year in which wetlands burned. And beyond the…