Extreme rain heads for California’s burn scars, raising the risk of mudslides – this is what cascading climate disasters look like

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/427872/original/file-20211021-16-1pz7dho.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=0%2C0%2C4366%2C2848&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>A firefighter checks homes after a mudslide that killed 23 people in Montecito, Calif., in 2018.</span> <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/cal-firefighter-alex-jimenez-walks-out-after-marking-a-spot-news-photo/903512378″>Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>Two powerful storm systems known as <a href=”https://www.noaa.gov/stories/what-are-atmospheric-rivers”>atmospheric rivers</a> are heading for northern California and Oregon, a region in the midst of an historic drought. </p> <p>While…

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What is COP26? Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from the Glasgow summit

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/427135/original/file-20211019-20-1fljk4s.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=125%2C88%2C1663%2C1152&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>U.N. climate summits bring together representatives of almost every country.</span> <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/unfccc/49216979356/in/album-72157711934280806/”>UNFCCC</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about climate change. It’s a complex process that can be hard to make sense of from the outside, but it’s…

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Cities worldwide aren’t adapting to climate change quickly enough

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/427321/original/file-20211019-28-1o64kic.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=8%2C2%2C1988%2C1299&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>Flooding is seen in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia after the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Sept. 2, 2021. </span> <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://newsroom.ap.org/detail/ClimateChange-ImperiledSubways/471dc2d5dc744140804437803ca2216c/photo”>AP Photo/Matt Rourke</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>Climate change is magnifying threats such as flooding, wildfires, tropical storms and drought. In 2020 the U.S. experienced a record-breaking 22 weather and climate disasters that <a href=”https://www.noaa.gov/stories/record-number-of-billion-dollar-disasters-struck-us-in-2020″>each…

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How ideas from ancient Greek philosophy may have driven civilization toward climate change

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/426757/original/file-20211015-15-aau255.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=12%2C12%2C8614%2C5729&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>Firefighters and residents battle a blaze in hot, dry conditions in Athens, Greece, in August 2021.</span> <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://newsroom.ap.org/detail/EuropeandAfricaPicturesoftheWeekPhotoGallery/96d8941b2a7c4091ab1e0fcb4346aa7e/photo”>AP Photo/Petros Karadjias</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>Wildfires driven by increasing winds and unprecedented heat <a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/07/apocalyptic-scenes-hit-greece-as-athens-besieged-by-fire”>surrounded Athens, Greece</a>, this past summer, blanketing its ancient marble monuments and olive groves with ash and acrid smoke. These are the…

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Biden calls for a big expansion of offshore wind – here’s how officials decide where the turbines may go

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/427056/original/file-20211018-25-1vj40p5.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=49%2C0%2C5523%2C3646&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>Coming to U.S. waters? Here&#39;s an aerial view of the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay, England.</span> <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/in-this-file-photo-taken-on-november-08-2017-wind-turbines-news-photo/1196290710″>Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images</a></span></figcaption></figure><p><em>The Biden administration has announced ambitious plans to <a href=”https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-haaland-outlines-ambitious-offshore-wind-leasing-strategy”>scale up leasing for offshore wind energy projects</a> along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts. In an…

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How ‘managed retreat’ from climate change could revitalize rural America: Revisiting the Homestead Act

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/426300/original/file-20211013-19-lw5pvi.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=5%2C0%2C3493%2C2334&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>Small inland towns can offer a haven for people escaping coastal climate change.</span> <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/fans-walk-down-the-street-to-the-baseball-hall-of-fame-news-photo/53310479″>Ezra Shaw/Getty Images</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>Southern Italy’s rural Calabria region announced an <a href=”https://portale.regione.calabria.it/website/portaltemplates/view/view.cfm?”>innovative project in 2021</a> to breathe new life into its small towns. It plans to offer young professionals thousands of dollars if they move in and…

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A forgotten mangrove forest around remote inland lagoons in Mexico’s Yucatan tells a story of rising seas

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/426286/original/file-20211013-19-14cgvm9.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=36%2C14%2C4883%2C3260&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>A stand of red mangroves in the calm, calcium-rich, fresh waters of the San Pedro Mártir River, Tabasco, Mexico.</span> <span class=”attribution”><span class=”source”>Ben Meissner</span>, <a class=”license” href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/”>CC BY-ND</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>The San Pedro River winds from rainforests in Guatemala through the Yucatan Peninsula in eastern Mexico. There, this peaceful river widens into a series of slow-flowing…

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Why banning financing for fossil fuel projects in Africa isn’t a climate solution

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/426340/original/file-20211014-19-1dpenp2.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=5%2C258%2C3260%2C2134&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>The majority of the Congolese population doesn&#39;t have access to electricity.</span> <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/people-walk-in-the-streets-enlightened-by-electric-news-photo/577603172″>Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>Today’s global energy inequities are staggering.</p> <p>Video gamers in California consume <a href=”https://www.energy.ca.gov/publications/2019/plug-loads-game-changer-computer-gaming-energy-efficiency-without-performance”>more electricity</a> than <a href=”https://www.eia.gov/international/data/world/electricity/electricity-consumption?pd=2&amp;p=0000002&amp;u=0&amp;f=A&amp;v=mapbubble&amp;a=-&amp;i=none&amp;vo=value&amp;t=C&amp;g=00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001&amp;l=249-ruvvvvvfvtvnvv1vrvvvvfvvvvvvfvvvou20evvvvvvvvvvnvvvs0008&amp;s=315532800000&amp;e=1577836800000&amp;”>entire nations</a>. The average Tanzanian used only <a href=”https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep29786?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents”>one-sixth</a> the electricity consumed by a typical American refrigerator in…

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Moving beyond America’s war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/425138/original/file-20211006-17-1rfoce0.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=0%2C473%2C1060%2C687&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>Tools for a prescribed burn conducted in the Sierra Nevada in November 2019. </span> <span class=”attribution”><span class=”source”>Susan Kocher</span>, <a class=”license” href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/”>CC BY-ND</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>Californians have been concerned about wildfires for a long time, but <a href=”https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE/status/1436410274408386560/photo/1″>the past two years</a> have left many of them fearful and questioning whether any solutions to the fire crisis…

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Rural Alaska has a bridge problem as permafrost thaws and crossing river ice gets riskier with climate change

<figure><img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/425347/original/file-20211007-18680-1vufxgf.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=305%2C7%2C4725%2C2855&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1440&amp;fit=clip” /><figcaption><span class=”caption”>The Denali Highway as it crosses the Susitna River.</span> <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/susitna-river-bridge-offers-views-of-alaskan-range-denali-news-photo/661898060″>Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images</a></span></figcaption></figure><p>America’s bridges are in rough shape. Of the nearly 620,000 bridges over roads, rivers and other waterways across the U.S., <a href=”https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/nbi/no10/condition19.cfm”>more than 43,500 of them</a>, about 7%, are considered “structurally deficient.”</p>…

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