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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]

Slum Dwellers Face Climatic Disasters

April 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Poverty and Climate Risk


Millions of people living in the shantytowns of the developing world’s mega-cities will be among the most-vulnerable groups feeling the brunt of climate change in the coming decades, according to a just-released report from UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Negative Climate Change Outlook

April 1, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Negative Climate Change Outlook

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its latest report on the current state of global warming, the risks it poses and mitigation efforts. The prognosis is negative, as the list of key risks laid out in the report describes.[read more]

Can the Energy Sector Become a Climate Resiliency Leader?

March 16, 2014 by Peter Gardett

Energy Sector Resiliency

The energy industry has the opportunity to become a leader rather than a laggard on climate change risk analysis by embracing the evaluation of risks and applying its significant financial and management resources to the improvement of climate resiliency.[read more]

Why the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Matters for Climate Change

March 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone and Climate Goals

Following the close of the thirty day public comment period, the National Interest Determination (NID) process will continue as federal agencies consider over 2 million comments concluding that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not the nation’s interest.[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]

Climate Change Hits Home with Another Round of Extreme Weather Events in 2013

February 14, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Extreme Weather in 2013

I just returned from California and was struck by how devastating the state’s drought has become. People talked about it everywhere I went, wondering what it means for people and the economy. I can see why they are worried. Last year was the driest on record.[read more]

Leading Scientists Explain How Climate Change Is Worsening California's Drought

February 4, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and California Drought

Scientists have long predicted that climate change would bring on ever-worsening droughts, especially in semi-arid regions like the U.S. Southwest. As climatologist James Hansen said: “Intense droughts in California have everything to do with human-made climate change.”[read more]

What Wood Smoke has Taught Me About Fighting Climate Change

February 4, 2014 by Severin Borenstein

Wood Smoke and Climate Change

While much of the U.S. has been dealing with severe winter weather, California is experiencing a record dry spell. The clear skies have also brought some cold nights and, with them, wood smoke. What I’ve noticed in my neighborhood is that the desire for a cozy wood fire cuts across political lines.[read more]

Smarter, Safer Flood Insurance in a Warmer, Riskier Climate

January 27, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Floods in a Risky Climate

Scientists at Rutgers University recently published a startling projection about sea level rise for anyone considering buying or rebuilding on the Jersey Shore. In the time it would take a homeowner to pay off a 30-year mortgage, sea levels on the Shore would rise by a full foot.[read more]