Climate Change

Climate Change Is Already Rejiggering Where Americans Live

Some Hurricane Ida survivors may have no choice but to leave. Sooner or later, people across the country will be in the same bind.

Flash Flooding Highlights Immediate Dangers of Climate Change – Again

Elected officials and activists say state and local governments need to do more now.

40 Million People Rely on the Colorado River. It’s Drying Up Fast.

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis.

We’re Hitting the Limits of Hurricane Preparedness

Cities simply don’t have enough time to run from a storm like Ida.

As Colorado River Basin States Confront Water Shortages, it’s Time to Focus on Reducing Demand

The federal government has declared a water shortage that will mean reductions in how much states can pull from the strained river system.

When Your Yard Can Kill You

My mom wanted to be prepared for wildfire season. But I knew she was concerned about the cost.

Senate Democrats Release $3.5T Budget Framework with Affordable Housing, Climate Funding

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has set a Sept. 15 deadline for committees to draft legislative text for the proposal, which will fund domestic initiatives.

Climate Change is Disrupting US Forests and Coasts. Here’s What Ecologists Are Seeing at 5 Research Sites

COMMENTARY | The severity of heat, drought, fires and floods has many researchers questioning whether climate change, fueled by human actions, is progressing faster than predicted and what that means for the future.

High-Tide Flood Risk is Accelerating, Putting Coastal Economies at Risk

COMMENTARY | The frequency of high-tide flooding along the U.S. coasts has doubled since 2000, and it’s expected to increase five to 15 times more in the next 30 years.

Urban Heat Islands Pose ‘Extreme Public Health Risk’

Five cities with the highest scores for heat islands, which cause a variety of health and environmental issues, are in Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Texas and California, according to a new analysis.

The Green New Deal Does Not, Strictly Speaking, Exist

The idea has reshaped global climate policy, but is far less concrete than its supporters have been led to believe.

Maine Has a Dangerous, Small, and Very Itchy Problem

Climate change is keeping temperatures higher in the fall, setting up browntail-moth caterpillars to boom in summer.

Nowhere Is Ready for This Heat

The Pacific Northwest is melting now, but all across America the infrastructure we have was built for the wrong century.

The Climate Emergency Calls for a New Approach to Mental Health

Disasters and disruptions brought on by climate change could produce collective traumas at scales never before seen.

For Flood-Prone Cities, Seawalls Raise as Many Questions as They Answer

COMMENTARY | Urban leaders and elected officials at all levels of government need to consider carefully before they invest billions of dollars.

Lighter Pavement Really Does Cool Cities When It’s Done Right

COMMENTARY| Reflective surfaces have to be used strategically—the wrong placement can actually heat up nearby buildings.

‘Managed Retreat’ Can Reinvent Cities While Protecting Lives When Climate Change Floods, Burns or Bakes the Land

COMMENTARY | Low-lying communities near rivers and bays face increasing risk of flooding.

Rocky Mountain Forests Burning More Now Than Any Time in the Past 2,000 Years

COMMENTARY | Colorado’s East Troublesome Fire jumped the Continental Divide on Oct. 22, 2020, and eventually became Colorado’s second-largest fire on record.