Climate Impacts

Humans and our environment are already feeling the impacts of climate change as it makes temperatures hotter, sea levels higher, storms more intense, and oceans more acidic.

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This winter was cold for some, not for all
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Climate change is a fact
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The State of the Climate
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Chilling out on the Polar Vortex
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Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy is a stark reminder of the rising risks of climate change. A number of warming-related factors may well have intensified the storm’s impact. Higher ocean temperatures contributed to heavier rainfall. Higher sea levels produced stronger storm surges. New …

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Business and government start preparing for climate impacts
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Congress Finally Reforms Flood Insurance
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Fixing A Broken National Flood Insurance Program: Risks And Potential Reforms

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insures 5.6 million American homeowners and some $1 trillion in assets. For many years, however, the premiums collected have not been sufficient to cover losses, resulting in a current debt to the U.S. Treasury …

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Impacts and Adaptation Options in the Gulf Coast

Introduction The central and western U.S. Gulf Coast is increasingly vulnerable to a range of potential hazards associated with climate change. Hurricanes are high-profile hazards that threaten this region with strong winds, heavy rain, storm surge and high waves. Sea-level rise is a longer-term hazard …

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Climate Change & International Security: The Arctic as a Bellwether

Executive Summary In its most recent assessment of global climate change, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences concluded, “A strong body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a …

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