"We tend to think we're stronger than nature - but we're not," explorer says. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The company has huge debts and outdated heavily polluting power plants. Washington Post.
The state climatologist is warning that Texas dams will become less able to withstand extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey, which are expected to occur more frequently as the earth's atmosphere and oceans warm in coming years. Houston Chronicle, Texas.
The Atlantic hurricane season is at its midway point but has already seen some mega-storms. Even average hurricanes release huge amounts of energy. Where does it all come from? Deutsche Welle, Germany.
Repeated storms are stretching the public and private sectors thin. Hakai Magazine.
Neighborhoods have become disaster zones, the 100-mile island covered in detritus, destruction and despair. Washington Post.
Endangered insects, a little-known part of the Endangered Species Act, prepare for life under Trump. Chicago Tribune, Illinois.
Hotter weather and migration to cities may make different diseases the scourge of the future in Africa, scientists say. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Texas Animal Health Commission and USDA, however, are mum on an estimated death toll. Texas Observer, Texas.
New research predicts that an increase in the frequency and magnitude of wildfires will double the rates of sedimentation in one-third of the West’s large watersheds, reducing reservoir storage and affecting water supplies. Water Deeply.
Montana's average temperatures are increasing, mountain snowpacks are declining, large wildfires are more frequent, and all that is expected to continue in the coming decades. Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Montana.
A Napa heat wave hit 117 degrees, seriously damaging grapes. Plus, forest fires, frost, and hail around the northern hemisphere will mean smaller production this year and varying quality of the wines you love. Bloomberg News.
Climate change is a central issue at this year’s United Nations General Assembly, with multiple high-level meetings on the issue happening amid several devastating natural disasters. Time Magazine.
Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, carved a path of destruction through the U.S. territory on Wednesday, causing widespread flooding and knocking power out across the island after killing at least nine people elsewhere in the Caribbean. Reuters.
Eleven additional plaintiffs and a new defendant have been added to a lawsuit against the company whose manufacturing plant experienced a series of chemical fires as a result of floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. Texas Tribune, Texas.
Hurricane Maria churns through Caribbean as ravaged Puerto Rico takes stock of an 'island destroyed.'
Maria — now a Category 3 hurricane — was expected to gather some fresh strength over open water before taking aim at the Turks and Caicos Islands, which were battered earlier this month by Hurricane Irma. Washington Post.
Coastal communities built atop drained salt marshes and leveled mangrove forests had little natural flood protection from hurricanes Irma and Harvey, exposing the need for better planning against future storms and sea-level rise, marine scientists and environmental engineers told Bloomberg BNA. Bloomberg BNA.
Category 5 hurricanes, like Irma and Maria, are the pinnacle of nature’s fury. There is simply no weather event on Earth that can cause so much destruction so quickly. They are worst-case scenarios. Grist.
OJ shortages are possible in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and prices are expected to climb. Washington Post.
"We used to easily be able to harvest three crops a year. Now we can barely harvest a single crop," says one farmer. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
In a special United Nations session, leaders of islands battered by hurricanes made worse by climate change appealed to wealthy countries for aid. New York Times.
British billionaire Richard Branson said on Tuesday he is in talks to set up a fund to help Caribbean nations recently ravaged by Hurricane Irma replace wrecked fossil fuel-dependent utilities with low-carbon renewable energy sources. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Another super-powerful storm could bring catastrophic winds and rain to U.S. territories in the Caribbean. Washington Post.
Broadcast meteorologists are starting to talk more about the issue during their forecasts. Vox.
Editor comments: Peter Dkystra wrote two pieces recently about the lack of TV coverage on the climate-hurricanes link. -LP
New paper illustrates the rapid, consistent warming of Earth’s oceans. The Guardian.
As reefs die off, researchers want to breed the world's hardiest corals in labs and return them to the sea to multiply. The effort raises scientific and ethical questions. New York Times.
Forests play an ever-more vital role in regulating the climate. But what if rising carbon emissions actually helped them to grow and weather the impacts of global warming? Deutsche Welle, Germany.
As hurricanes and floods grab headlines, heatwaves associated with climate change are claiming lives around the world. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Last week, Puerto Rico was lucky. This week, it’s not. New Republic.
At landfall, Maria had sustained winds of 155 mph, just 2 mph short of Category 5 status. It was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1932. CNN.
That inward contraction of a hurricane’s eye can be one telltale indicator of what hurricane gurus technically call "rapid intensification." Washington Post.
Miami Herald, Florida.
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