Disasters

Mapping Flood Risk — Research Outfit Offers Alternative Dataset

Climate change makes flooding — and flood reporting — increasingly likely, and yet government data on flood risk often falls short. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox offers an alternative, an ambitious, peer-reviewed dataset from a unique nonprofit research outfit that offers free data aggregated to the zip code, county and congressional district levels. More on the dataset and how to use it.

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

"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."

Source: NPR, 10/18/2021

Already This Year, 18 Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Have Hit U.S.

"Through the first nine months of 2021, the U.S. has endured 18 separate weather and climate disasters that have cost at least $1 billion, according to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information."

Source: Washington Post, 10/13/2021

"Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Roads Vulnerable To Flooding — Report"

"Nearly a quarter of the nation’s road miles are at risk of becoming impassable during a flood, according to a groundbreaking new study that documents the surprising vulnerability of key U.S. facilities such as roads, hospitals and power plants."

Source: E&E News, 10/13/2021

"Inside the Fight Against the Dixie Fire"

"In the past two years, California has found itself under siege from more large-scale fires burning with greater intensity than at any time on record. Giant blazes are tearing across the state with greater speed and frequency, destroying towns and sending smoke hurtling hundreds of miles away. Nine of California’s 20 largest fires have occurred since 2020, according to Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency."

Source: NYTimes, 10/13/2021

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