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A volunteer helps set up snacks at a cooling center established to help vulnerable residents ride out the second dangerous heat wave to grip the Pacific Northwest last summer

Extreme weather in the U.S. cost 688 lives and $145 billion last year, NOAA says

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and a winter storm and cold wave were among 20 weather and climate disasters in the U.S. last year that cost $1 billion or more, totaling $145 billion and killing 688 people, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In an overview of an annual report released… Read More

From the Capitol riot to abortion rights, here are the top political stories of 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — This year was supposed to be one of recovery, but it has been far from that. It began with the insurrection at the Capitol, a second impeachment of former President Donald Trump and President Biden’s inauguration. As the year went on, Trump continued to lie about the election results while he… Read More

An isle at the grocery store without customers

How inflation, climate change and energy costs are pushing up food prices

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — In the US, inflation is now above six percent, and globally, food prices are at their highest since 2011. Climate change, energy demands and inflation are causing shortages and driving up costs in some of the poorest nations. Wall Street Journal reporter Samantha Pearson joins NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan from Sao Paulo,… Read More

Emissions rise from a smokestack in Ohio.

Once again, the U.S. has failed to take sweeping climate action. Here’s why

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WASHINGTON, D.C . (NPR) — In April, President Biden unveiled the United States’ most ambitious plan ever to cut emissions that drive climate change, and he urged other nations to follow. Now, days before Biden prepares for a pivotal climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the White House’s keystone legislative plan to tackle climate disruption appears… Read More

The John Amos power station in West Virginia

How Dem debate over Biden climate agenda could affect U.S. economy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The coming weeks will be pivotal for President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda as Congress and the White House debate the trade-offs of a major bill that could affect the pocketbooks, working conditions and social safety net for Americans. NewsHour’s William Brangham looks at what it could mean for coping with climate… Read More

Homeowner Amy Tripp poses for a photograph on October 3, 2021, in Big Pine Key, Florida.

Flood Insurance Rates Are Spiking For Many, To Account For Climate Risk

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The cost of federal flood insurance is rising for millions of homeowners, threatening to make homes in coastal areas unaffordable for many. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says its new rates better reflect flood risk in a warming climate. There may be few places affected more by the new risk rating… Read More

Black and Red Angus cattle graze in a pasture in Calloway County, Kentucky.

The ‘Beef’ With Beef: Cattle, Climate Change, And Alternative Meat

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CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — Many people might think of Blake Munger as a cattle farmer as he walks through his pasture land in western Kentucky, but he sees things a little differently nowadays. “I don’t know which is more valuable, my cattle or the pasture at this point. I used to say cattle, but… Read More

President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington.

WATCH: Has The U.S. Set Realistic Goals To Combat Climate Change? A Climate Scientist Weighs In

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — To discuss the ambitions of the climate summit and the very real challenges to President Joe Biden’s plans, we’re joined by Michael Mann, a climate scientist and professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State University. He’s the author of, “The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.” This… Read More

This map compiled by the Kentucky Geological Survey shows landslide sites in red.

Slip Sliding Away: Landslides Follow Flooding As Major Risk To Appalachian Communities

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LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — Elaine Tanner lives with her life partner, Jimmy Hall, at the head of Mill Creek in Letcher County, Kentucky. Jimmy is a sixth-generation Letcher Countian, and the land is his family land. Together, they like to roll around on their property on their ATV. But lately, Tanner’s spent more time… Read More

National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy in an interview with the ReSource.

White House Climate Advisor Sees A Path To A Clean Energy Transition Through Coal Country

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — For decades now, rhetoric around action on climate change has been about things like saving the planet, or saving polar bears. Just think: How many times have you seen an image of ice crashing into the sea from a melting glacier, or a sad-eyed seal atop a floe, as part of… Read More

Clendenin, WV faced intense rainfall that led to deadly flooding in June 2016.

Climate Change Increases Flooding Risk For Some 230,000 Ohio Valley Homes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — A new analysis of flooding risk that accounts for the effects of climate change finds many more homes in Appalachian communities in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are at risk of flooding than the federal government’s emergency managers have indicated. In 12 Appalachian counties in the region, at least half of… Read More

Heavy downpours increased dramatically in the Ohio Valley as the climate changed.

Ohio Valley Mayors Aim For A Green Recovery Amid Coronavirus And Climate Change

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (OVR) — When newly elected President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” The goal of the landmark Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015 by 189 parties,… Read More

WATCH: Visiting the Most Vulnerable Place on Earth: the ‘Doomsday Glacier’

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The Thwaites Glacier is the largest, most menacing source of rising sea levels all over the world, and it is melting at an alarming rate. For years, scientists have warily watched it from afar, but in November, a team set out on a perilous journey to investigate what is happening below. PBS NewsHour science correspondent… Read More

Clendenin, WV faced intense rainfall that led to deadly flooding in June 2016.

After Deadly Floods, West Virginia Created A Resiliency Office. It’s Barely Functioning.

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The rain came hard and fast early on the morning of June 23, 2016. By 2 p.m., water was knee deep in Bill Bell’s appliance store on Main Street in Rainelle, a small town on the western edge of Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Bell began elevating the washing machines and dishwashers, thinking that would be… Read More

President Donald Trump takes questions from the media before boarding Maine One at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, en route to Camp David in Maryland.

WATCH: How Trump’s Stance on Energy-efficient Appliances is Connected to Nostalgia

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For years, Washington has seen a bipartisan push to change laws, regulations and incentives to make household appliances and goods more energy efficient. In a warming world, many scientists and advocates say even tougher standards should be set. But President Trump is moving to roll back some of those laws, arguing they’ve gone too far…. Read More

A sign promotes a climate activist group in Athens, Ohio

WATCH: Despite Extreme Weather and Surging Activism, 2019 Saw Political Paralysis on Climate

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By almost any measure, 2019 was a year of especially sobering news on climate change, with grim warnings about what could happen in the future along with extreme weather events occurring now. The year also saw a global protest movement, initiated by young people, arise to try to tackle the problem. But as Miles O’Brien… Read More