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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

Trucks cross the Vincent Thomas Bridge above a container ship at the Port of Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2021 in San Pedro, Calif.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions jumped in 2021, a threat to climate goals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — U.S. greenhouse gas emissions rose by 6.2% last year compared to 2020, new data released Monday shows. The spike was attributed to a slew of causes, including behavior changes after COVID-19 vaccines became widely available, the research firm Rhodium Group reported. But it also means governmental goals to combat climate change… 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

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Why energy prices are spiking globally and how it affects green initiatives

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Gasoline prices are on the rise, along with the cost of home-heating oil and natural gas. But international energy officials at the Russian Energy Week event on Thursday warned of a global energy crunch that could slow the economic recovery from the pandemic. NewsHour’s Nick Schifrin has 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

Cecil Roberts, President of United Mine Workers of America

Mine Workers’ Leader Wants To Save Last Coal Jobs As Biden Tackles Climate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts said he’s been hearing the term “just transition” tossed around for more than 20 years as part of the long-running, nearly Sisyphean discussion about climate change, clean energy, and coal country. Simply put: he’s not a fan. “I ask anybody who has been… 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