Here’s what we’ve learned about hurricanes since Sandy
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Here’s what we’ve learned about hurricanes since Sandy

2017 has been a wild year for hurricanes - and as a result scientists - according to Rebecca Leber - understand a lot more about how climate change affects extreme weather.

It turns out we often ask what we can learn from various catastrophic weather events and other ecological disasters:

    • According to Joe Romm at ThinkProgress, Hurricane Sandy was a wakeup call that the GOP, Donald Trump, and the media refuse to answer.
    • Of course, catastrophes don't just happen on the east coast. The west coast is vulnerable as well, and Nicholas Pinter of UC Davis says states like California need to think about and improve their flood management strategies.
    • Scientists have stuff to learn too; in particular, they are researching what ocean acidification means for marine ecosystems.
    • Finally, Amy Davidson Sorkin of the New Yorker asks what Donald Trump learned from his post-Hurricane Harvey visit to Texas.

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UN Secretary General António Guterres has called for a ban on fossil fuel advertising to combat climate change, labeling coal, oil, and gas corporations as "godfathers of climate chaos."

Matt McGrath and Mark Poynting report for BBC.

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Oceans under threat from heating, deoxygenation, and acidification

The world's oceans are experiencing unprecedented stress from extreme heat, oxygen loss, and acidification due to human activities like burning fossil fuels and deforestation.

Oliver Milman reports for The Guardian.

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Phoenix firefighters are employing ice immersion techniques to treat heatstroke victims amid the season's first heat wave in the Southwest.

Anita Snow reports for TheAssociated Press.

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Modi faces significant climate challenges in third term

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reelected for a third term, must address major climate-related challenges exacerbating the country’s political and economic issues.

Somini Sengupta reports for The New York Times.

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Ursula von der Leyen's Green Deal struggles amid election campaign

Facing an election and multiple crises, Ursula von der Leyen has downplayed her Green Deal achievements to appease various factions within the EU.

Karl Mathiesen reports for POLITICO.

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