This Is What America Could Look Like When Our Coasts Are Under Water

By Shayla Love in Vice, Jul 23 2019 HUNTER FRENCH Soldier’s Grove is a small town of fewer than 600 people located near the Kickapoo River in Wisconsin. The Kickapoo is not a genial body of water. In 1907, the river flooded, dumping record amounts of water into downtown Soldier’s Grove. Then it did so again in 1912, 1917, 1935, 1951, and 1978. The …

‘Toxic Stew’ Stirred Up by Disasters Poses Long-Term Danger, New Findings Show

By Christopher Flavelle, on July 15, 2019, NYTimes.com WASHINGTON — New research shows that the extreme weather and fires of recent years, similar to the flooding that has struck Louisiana and the Midwest, may be making Americans sick in ways researchers are only beginning to understand. By knocking chemicals loose from soil, homes, industrial-waste sites or other sources, and spreading them …

How climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous: Stronger wind speeds, more rain, and worsened storm surge add up to more potential destruction

A 2013 study found a substantial regional and global increase in the proportion of the strongest hurricanes—category 4 and 5 storms. The authors attribute that increase to global heating of the climate: “We conclude that since 1975 there has been a substantial and observable regional and global increase in the proportion of Cat 4–5 hurricanes of 25–30 percent per °C of anthropogenic …

Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing two of Tuvalu’s nine islands, and the encroaching waves haunt locals’ dreams

Seascape: the state of our oceans ‘One day we’ll disappear’: Tuvalu’s sinking islands:  Islands in the Tuvalu archipelago Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing two of the tiny archipelago’s nine islands, and the encroaching waves haunt locals’ dreams by Eleanor Ainge Roy in Tuvalu; The Guardian, photographs by Sean Gallagher 16 May 2019 On the hottest days, Leitu Frank feels like she …

Indonesia announced it’s planning to move its capital out of Jakarta

Wired: Jakarta Is Sinking. Now Indonesia Has To Find A New Capital, by Matt Simon. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES THIS WEEK, AMID devastating flooding, Indonesia announced it’s planning to move its capital out of Jakarta, which really is nothing new—the country’s first president was talking about it way back in 1957. Part of the problem is extreme congestion, but today the city of more than …

Flooding in Canada forces thousands of evacuations, in Nebraska $1 billion in ag costs

Arctic Expected to Soar 40 Degrees Above Normal This Weekend Climate Change Blamed as Flooding Forces Thousands to Evacuate in Canada Olivia Rosane Apr. 29, 2019  Flooding in four Canadian provinces has forced thousands of people to evacuate, and leaders across the country are blaming climate change. Communities in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec are all impacted and both Montreal and Ottawa …

Increasing catastrophes linked to climate change could triple losses on property investments over the next 30 years

Insurers Worry a Financial Crisis May Come From Climate Risks, by William Wilkes, Bloomberg.com, February 22, 2019 Property values may slump as global temperatures increase Record costs for disasters in 2017 and 2018 hit insurers Insurers are increasingly worried that rising temperatures will lead to a slump in property values that could spark broader financial turmoil. Those were the conclusions a …

In December, 415 investors put out a statement warning that unabated climate change could cause $23 trillion in global economic destruction over the next 80 years.

The Next Financial Crisis Could Be Caused by Climate Change: After wildfires bankrupted a major utility, there’s concerns that more severe natural disasters will lead to economic devastation, Geoff Dembicki,VICE, Jan 27 2019 A bike docking station during 2017’s Hurricane Irma in Miami, one of many severe weather events that were likely made worse by climate change. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty …

New Bangkok park is designed for a future of flooded cities

This new park is designed for a future of flooded cities: Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Centennial Park can hold a million gallons of rainwater to help control the city’s increasing floods.  Fast Company, 22 Aug 2018   By ADELE PETERS Sitting on former swampland in a low-lying river delta, Bangkok has always flooded. In the 1800s, the majority of the population lived in floating homes and …