Bizarro Floods on Mississippi River

January 5, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

River Flooding Risk

Record floods have been occurring throughout Illinois and Missouri over the holidays. Floods are never something to be taken lightly, but flooding combined with winter conditions makes for a deadly combination. More than 20 people have lost their lives in these floods, and the toll is likely to rise.[read more]

India's Flooded City, Toxic Air Make Clear Why Climate Action Needed at Paris COP21

December 8, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India, Climate, and COP 21

As India's leaders and top climate negotiators are convening with world leaders to reach an international climate agreement in Paris, back home, extreme weather variability and worsening environmental conditions make clear what's at stake.[read more]

From Multi-Year Drought To Flash Flooding: "Weather Whiplash" Explained

June 4, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and Weather Whiplash

In a warming climate with more and more water vapor in the air, mega-droughts will tend to be interspersed with more intense rain storms — weather whiplash.[read more]

Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

April 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Preparedness

Recent disasters in U.S. communities illustrate risk from flooding and drought events. Downpours swept across the South recently, causing at least one death and widespread flooding. More than 60 percent of the West, including greater than 99 percent of California, now is facing drought conditions.[read more]

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

April 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Flooding and Climate Change


We can help ourselves to be better prepared for a changing climate, by incorporating the insights science offers us about what kinds of changes to expect – for example, so coastal cities can plan and take better steps to prepare for changing risks from storm flooding.[read more]

In Flooded UK, Guardian Warns 'Climate Change Is Here Now'

February 19, 2014 by Joseph Romm

UK Flooding

The Guardian recently turned over their front-page to Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the famous report on the economics of climate change. He opens: "The record rainfall and storm surges that have brought flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change."[read more]

Communicating Climate Uncertainty in Wet Times

February 18, 2014 by David Hone

Weather and Communications

As politicians don Wellington boots and wade through flooded fields and streets in southern England, the subject of climate change is rising up the agenda. While all but a very few have stayed away from direct attribution, it is also clear that nobody has a good set of words that describe the current situation.[read more]

British Isles Endure Unprecedented Flooding

February 15, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Britain and Flooding

Even while the United States East Coast shivers under a record cold, Alaska basks in heat and California continues to experience extreme drought (despite the recent rain), it is the British Isles that are truly being hammered by extreme weather.[read more]


Flood Risks: Urgent Action Needed - But What? Join Our Webinar

February 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Floods cost billions: what can be done?

Floods devastating parts of Europe and Americas east coast have brought to the front of our minds the need to protect human habitation from the increasing number and severity of such events. But what are the best strategies for doing so? Sustainable Cities Collective explores the options...[read more]

A New Era of Flood Management: Farms, Fish, and Flood Protection

November 17, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Flood Management

Something happened recently that probably would not have just five years ago – a farmer worked with conservation groups to sell his 497 acre dairy to be restored to floodplain habitat and provide flood protection for cities downstream.[read more]

Preparing Our Metro Regions for a Stormy Future

October 24, 2013 by Deron Lovaas

Cities and Extreme Weather

Cities and counties in New York and nationwide face the daunting challenge of climate preparedness. Settlements in coastal areas are vulnerable to slow-moving sea-level rise and fast and vicious storm surges, with those in flood plains vulnerable in different ways. Are we ready?[read more]

Leaders Highlight the Costs of Climate Change and the Benefits of Addressing It

October 12, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Flooding

When a single record-breaking storm dumped up to 10 inches of rain on Minnesota and Wisconsin last year, it left a path of destruction in its wake. Houses were flooded, roads washed out, and bridges rendered unsafe. Duluth Mayor Don Ness said the storm caused $80 million in damages.[read more]

Colorado Flooding: Against the 100-Year Flood

September 16, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Flooding in Colorado

In the aftermath of the recent flooding in Boulder, Colorado, some observers are already trying to out-do each other by making bigger and bigger claims of the so-called N-year flood. As might be expected there are some big claims, with a 1,000-year event as the record so far.[read more]

Healthy Soils Can Help Protect Against Climate Change, Extreme Weather

September 2, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Healthy Soil and Climate Change

In recent years, the impacts of extreme weather and climate change have been felt in communities across the U.S. In 2012, eleven different extreme weather events, from severe storms and flooding to extreme heat and drought caused over $1 billion in damages each.[read more]

World's Leading Scientists Outline Hazards of Climate Change

August 23, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change Consequences

A leading body of scientists has offered an alarming view of what unchecked climate change could do to our communities. The IPCC said in a draft report that seas could rise by as much as 3 feet by the end of this century if we don’t rein in dangerous carbon pollution.[read more]