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July 14, 2014--8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous (The Guardian)

Forget the future. The world already is nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves.


July 9, 2014--NASA satellites detect possible disastrous flooding months in advance, finds research (Water World)

According to new research from UC Irvine, data from NASA satellites can greatly improve predictions of how likely a river basin is to overflowing months before it actually does. The use of such data, which capture a much fuller picture of how water is accumulating, could result in earlier flood warnings, potentially saving lives and property.


June 6, 2014--Billionaire sets up fund for victims of climate change (San Francisco Chronicle)

Billionaire Tom Steyer, the leading financial underwriter of campaigns to combat climate change, says he is putting up $2 million to start a fund for victims of wildfires and other "extreme weather events." Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, are announcing the establishment of the Climate Disaster Relief Fund on Friday.

May 20, 2014--House approves $12 billion-plus water bill (ABC News)

The House passed the closest thing so far this year to an infrastructure bill — a $12 billion-plus bipartisan measure authorizing 34 water projects, ranging from flood protection in California and North Dakota to deepening the Port of Savannah and widening a Texas-Louisiana waterway that services the oil industry.


May 20, 2014--Hickenlooper signs disaster relief legislation (Denver Post)

The state will pay the property taxes of individuals who lost their homes in Colorado floods or wildfires last year with legislation that Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law. The Democratic governor signed the proposal Saturday in Lyons, one of the places hardest hit by flooding. He also signed four other bills dealing with last year's disasters.


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.


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