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‘Hunker down’ is not enough: 2021 hurricane season showed US isn’t prepared as climate-related disasters push people deeper into poverty

Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2021, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. This time the levees held. Billions of dollars invested in reinforcing them had paid off – at least for part of the population. A strong similarity between Ida and Katrina still emerged: Low-income communities and […]

December 2nd

COP26: Why politicians have little incentive to prepare for future climate change disasters

The impact of climate change and how to respond to it is the defining political debate of our era. There are two forms this response can take – reacting to environmental disasters by providing financial and technical assistance to affected areas, or adapting to the effects of global heating by preparing for future disasters. By […]

November 18th

Deadly floods devastate Pacific Northwest: How climate change is upping the ante for hourly rainfall extremes

The floods across Europe, China and the US in recent months have again brought to the fore the ability of extreme rainfall to take lives, destroy homes and displace communities. Evidence suggests climate change is causing increases in extreme precipitation, leading to a greater risk of flooding in urban areas. As a result, agencies around the world are responding to this threat by […]

November 18th

Senators Feinstein and Padilla support closing dangerous Aliso Canyon methane storage

The two Senators from California urge CPUC to outline a formal plan to close the Aliso Canyon methane storage facility (while ensuring uninterrupted utility services). By Dan Bacher Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif.) have released the following statement on the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak: “More than six years after the well […]

November 3rd

Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding – and climate change is making them stronger

  By Tom Corringham, University of California San Diego The Conversation Ask people to name the world’s largest river, and most will probably guess that it’s the Amazon, the Nile or the Mississippi. In fact, some of Earth’s largest rivers are in the sky – and they can produce powerful storms, like the ones now […]

October 26th

This is what cascading climate disasters look like – Bomb cyclone heads for California’s wildfire burn scars, raising risk of mudslides

Officials issued evacuation orders for people living downhill from several of California’s wildfire burn scars on Oct. 24, 2021, as a powerful storm system known as an atmospheric river began to drench the West Coast. While the storm brings much-needed water to a region in the midst of an historic drought, and should significantly lower […]

October 25th

House Progressives call on Biden to declare a climate emergency NOW

Echoing the demands of demonstrators who were arrested outside the White House throughout last week, Congresswoman Cori Bush led a dozen other progressive lawmakers Friday in pressuring President Joe Biden to block fossil fuel projects and immediately declare a climate emergency. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams While praising the president’s commitments to climate action and serving frontline communities, the 13 […]

October 23rd

As oil continues to foul California coastline, Newsom’s oil and gas drilling approvals approach 10,000

Yesterday, Consumer Watchdog and Fractracker Alliance revealed in an alarming report that California oil and gas regulators have approved 9,728 oil drilling permits since Governor Gavin Newsom assumed office in January 2019. By Dan Bacher Here is their full report: Governor Newsom’s oil regulators have approved 9,728 oil drilling permits since he assumed office in […]

October 7th

As oil spill fouls Cali beaches, Biden admin plows ahead with oil and gas leases

Less than 48 hours after one of the worst oil spills in Southern California history was first spotted—and as officials continue to monitor oil leaks that started weeks ago when Hurricane Ida collided with the Gulf Coast’s extensive fossil fuel infrastructure—the Biden administration on Monday confirmed its plan to expand offshore drilling, provoking resistance from environmental advocates.   By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams The […]

October 5th

Newsom admin issued 138 offshore well permits in CA waters prior to big oil spill!

While “marine protected areas” created under the leadership of a Big Oil lobbyist are currently threatened by a massive oil spill off Huntington Beach, the oil and gas regulatory agency under Governor Gavin Newsom has issued 138 oil permits for operations in state waters since he assumed office, Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance revealed today. By Dan Bacher The […]

October 5th

‘Keep oil and gas in the ground’ – yet another oil spill ravages California coast

As cleanup crews on Sunday rushed to contain the damage from one of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history, environmentalists stressed the necessity of ending offshore drilling—and ultimately, of keeping all fossil fuels in the ground. At least 126,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a ruptured pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach […]

October 4th

Another Major Oil Spill Hits the Southern California Coast!

It was  inevitable that another massive oil spill would hit the California coast, as offshore oil drilling continues off Southern California and Big Oil continues to capture the Governor’s Office, Legislature and state regulatory agencies and commissions. By Dan Bacher The inevitable happened Saturday when a major oil spill off the Orange County coast reportedly dumped at least […]

October 4th

Stephen Donziger, the lawyer who beat Chevron, gets 6 months in jail from Chevron’s judge

Environmental justice advocates and other progressives on Friday condemned a federal judge’s decision Friday to sentence human rights lawyer Steven Donziger to six months in prison—following more than two years of house arrest related to a lawsuit he filed decades ago against oil giant Chevron. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The sentence, delivered by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York City, represents “an […]

October 2nd

Summer 2021: Recapping a season of climate-driven weather extremes

From heatwaves and hurricanes in the US to flooding in Europe and China, the weather over recent months has frequently hit the headlines. So, with the summer coming to a close for much of the northern hemisphere, this is an opportunity to look back at some of the extreme weather of the past season and […]

September 13th

Hurricane Ida: 2 reasons for its record-shattering rainfall in NYC and the Northeast long after the winds weakened

Record downpours from Hurricane Ida overwhelmed cities across the Northeast on Sept. 1, 2021, hitting some with more than 3 inches of rain an hour. Water poured into subway stations in New York City, and streets flooded up to the rooftops of cars in Philadelphia. The storm had already wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast […]

September 8th