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Revitalized U.S. urgency on climate change and national security

“An urgent national security threat.” That’s the phrase U.S. Director of National intelligence Avril Haines used in describing climate change at the White House Climate Summit on Earth Day a few weeks ago. It’s the kind of language that national security interests have applied previously, but not since the Trump administration took office on January […]

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Affordable housing could be hit hard as sea levels rise

As sea levels rise, flooding threatens many homes near the coast. And as the problem gets worse, people living in affordable housing could be hit hard. Ben Strauss is chief scientist at Climate Central, a non-profit research organization. His team analyzed the inventory of subsidized and low-rent housing units in coastal communities around the United […]

Posted inClimate Explained

Why is it raining so hard? Global warming is delivering heavier downpours

When it rains, it pours. Today’s rainstorms give new meaning to this age-old expression. Extreme precipitation has increased in nearly every region of the mainland United States since the start of the 20th century, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive scientific report about climate change in the U.S. The Southwest is the […]