November 11, 2019

Unfamiliar Ground: Bracing for Climate Impacts in the American Midwest

Imagine Minnesota with almost no ice fishing. Missouri as hot as Texas. River communities with annual catastrophic floods. Midwest communities are struggling to adapt to climate change as it affects them in sometimes catastrophic ways. Newsrooms across the region joined forces to show how global warming is changing their communities. Here's what they found.

Fed Officials See Climate Change as Pressing Threat to Economy

The Federal Reserve held its first-ever conference on climate change, where two policy makers for the central bank warned that global warming was a pressing threat to the economy. The meeting signals a Fed that is preparing to increasingly incorporate climate change into its economic policy making—a major shift for the institution.

Thousands Face Life-threatening Floods from Aging Dams

An investigation by The Associated Press has found scores of dams nationwide in poor condition that, if they failed, could wreak havoc on entire communities. A review of federal data and reports obtained under state open records laws identified 1,688 high-hazard dams rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition as of last year in 44 states and Puerto Rico.

November 8, 2019

November 7, 2019

The Paris Climate Problem: A Dangerous Lack of Urgency

Most countries aren't cutting emissions fast enough, and their pledges for the next 10 years fall far short of what's needed to keep climate change in check, a new analysis warns. Nearly two-thirds of pledges under the Paris climate agreement are "totally insufficient" to meet critical climate targets, the report found.

NASA Flew Gas Detectors Above California, Found ‘Super Emitters’

Over the course of three years, a NASA plane surveying California and carrying gas-imaging equipment discovered "super emitters" of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The results were published in a report Wednesday, estimating that 10 percent of the places releasing methane are responsible for more than half of the state's total emissions.

Brazil Had High Hopes for Its Big Oil Auction. They Went Bust.

Brazil's government had high hopes that a huge auction held Wednesday to award offshore oil drilling rights would cement the country's status as an emerging giant in the sector. But only Brazil's state-run oil company, Petrobras, and a couple of Chinese firms submitted bids for an auction that the Brazilian government had billed as the largest oil auction in history.

November 6, 2019

Wall Street's Paying More Attention to Climate Risk

Wall Street is putting more emphasis on how climate risks will affect U.S. profits and revenues and what companies are doing to address those risks. More than 70 firms discussed the potential financial impacts of climate change on their quarterly results, more than double the amount last year, Reuters reports. As a result, fund managers are taking a closer look.

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