Disasters

"Nuclear Rules in Japan Relied on Old Science"

"In the country that gave the world the word tsunami, the Japanese nuclear establishment largely disregarded the potentially destructive force of the walls of water. The word did not even appear in government guidelines until 2006, decades after plants — including the Fukushima Daiichi facility that firefighters are still struggling to get under control — began dotting the Japanese coastline."

Source: NY Times, 03/28/2011

Blackjewel’s Bankruptcy Sign of Trouble for Plummeting Coal Industry

"A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia could soon decide whether to allow the Blackjewel coal mining company, once the nation’s sixth-largest coal producer, to shed responsibility for thousands of strip-mined acres, setting up a potential crisis over clean-up and reclamation of the land."

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/04/2021

"Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced."

"Officials in Miami-Dade County, where climate models predict two feet or more of sea-level rise by 2060, have released an upbeat strategy for living with more water, one that focused on elevating homes and roads, more dense construction farther inland and creating more open space for flooding in low-lying areas."

Source: NYTimes, 03/03/2021

"Global Action Is ‘Very Far’ From What’s Needed to Avert Climate Chaos"

"New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than 1 percent, the world body announced." "The global scientific consensus is clear: Emissions of planet-warming gases must be cut by nearly half by 2030 if the world is to have a good shot at averting the worst climate catastrophes."

Source: NYTimes, 03/01/2021

"Corporate Climate Disclosures to Get Aggressive Scrutiny by SEC"

"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is boosting scrutiny of how well companies disclose risks that climate change poses to their businesses, one of its first moves to confront an issue that’s key to the Biden administration’s policy goals."

Source: Brunswick News, 02/25/2021

How Texas Froze: Neglect Of Grid And Climate Warnings Set The Stage

"State officials’ repeated failure to act on deeply researched advice for averting grid catastrophes paralleled Texas’ years-long non-response to experts’ warnings about the dangers of climate change."

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/24/2021

"New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat"

"Pastor Aaron Trigg was at home when the water arrived in Rainelle. It had been raining hard all day, filling the creeks and rivers that run through southern West Virginia. In the past, such intense downpours would last only a few hours, but this storm brought wave after wave of torrential rain."

Source: NPR, 02/23/2021

"4 More States Propose Harsh New Penalties For Protesting Fossil Fuels"

"Industry-designed bills to silence climate protests are under consideration in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana. More are likely to come."

Source: HuffPost, 02/22/2021

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