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May 17, 2014--U.S. insurer class action may signal wave of climate-change suits (Rueters)

A major insurance company is accusing dozens of localities in Illinois of failing to prepare for severe rains and flooding in lawsuits that are the first in what could be a wave of litigation over who should be liable for the possible costs of climate change. Farmers Insurance filed nine class actions last month against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area.


May 7, 2014--The risks to U.S. water resources from climate change (Huff Post)

After three years of intensive effort, research, writing, and review by hundreds of climate scientists, the latest update of the U.S. National Climate Assessment was released today. It includes many long, carefully prepared sectoral and regional studies, and covers the massive range of effects of climate change on the nation, including both changes already observed and expected in the future.


April 30, 2014--Colorado floods: State gets OK for $62.8 million recovery spending plan (Boulder Daily Camera)

Colorado's plans for spending $62.8 million in federal flood recovery grant dollars have been approved, state and federal officials announced Wednesday. The U.S.


April 29, 2014--Wildfires in the Western U.S. are on the rise, posing threats to drinking water (National Geographic)

When the Las Conchas Fire scorched some 151,000 acres of northern New Mexico in 2011, it wasn’t just the direct fire damage that was cause for worry.


April 23, 2014--Climate change the Earth Day target for Obama, U.S. officials (Environmental News Network)

An Earth Day Proclamation from President Barack Obama today contains a “dire” warning of the potent consequences of climate change and a pledge to protect Americans and all humankind from this looming problem  “that threatens us all.” “The first Earth Day was a call to action for every citizen, every family, and every public official.


April 22, 2014--Earth Day 2014: USDA supports rural water quality projects in 40 states, Puerto Rico (Water World)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) celebrated Earth Day 2014 by announcing record support for numerous projects across the United States that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment. Today's announcement is USDA's largest Earth Day investment in rural water and wastewater systems.


April 3, 2014--Big snowpack suspends Wyoming cloud seeding (Casper Star & Tribune)

Above-average snowfall in the mountains of southern Wyoming has forced an early end to part of the state's cloud-seeding research project as a precaution against exacerbating potential spring flooding. Barry Lawrence, project manager with the Wyoming Water Development Office, said the cloud seeding was stopped Wednesday morning in the Medicine Bow and Sierra Madre ranges in southern Wyoming.


March 29, 2014--UN panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming (Washington Post)

A United Nations panel of scientists is joining the list craze with what they call eight “key risks” that are part of broader “reasons for concern” about climate change. It’s part of a massive report on how global warming is affecting humans and the planet and how the future will be worse unless something is done about it.


March 23, 2014--U.N. climate change report details 'abrupt or drastic changes' worldwide (Science Monitor)

Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a U.N. report due this week that will put pressure on governments to act.