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Superstorm Sandy: 1 Year Later

On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey and New York. The climate-fueled storm killed more than 100 people, displaced thousands of American families, and caused $65 billion in damages. This page contains analyses, issue briefs, and reports documenting the human and economic costs of extreme weather, the billions of dollars in disaster spending, and the investments necessary to build more resilient communities.

Climate Change: An Unfunded Mandate

book_alt2 icon Report Congress is imposing a costly unfunded mandate on the American people by failing to enact policies to curb U.S. emissions of heat-trapping pollution.

By Fran Sussman, Cathleen Kelly, and Kate Gordon | Monday, October 28, 2013

Cities that Are Building Resilience to Climate Change

Click on each city to get a snapshot of their resilience initiatives.

By Mark Dennin, Cathleen Kelly, and Arpita Bhattacharyya | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Storm-Ready Cities

book_alt2 icon Report This report reviews climate change risks, identifies cities that are already taking steps to tackle this growing issue, and recommends actions to build resilience.

By Cathleen Kelly and Arpita Bhattacharyya | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Superstorm Sandy

5 Assignments for the Task Force on Climate Preparedness

President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness must identify federal disaster-recovery and resilience costs and the revenue to pay for them.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, October 21, 2013

Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Motion Disaster

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress visited Norfolk, Virginia, a city on the front lines of the fight against rising seas, to talk to residents and community leaders about their efforts to save the city and learn to live with the water.

By Andrew Satter and Kiley Kroh | Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rim fire

States of Denial: States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress

article icon Issue Brief The 10 states that received the most federal disaster relief in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for climate-related extreme weather events elected 47 climate-science deniers to Congress.

By Daniel J. Weiss, Jackie Weidman, and Stephanie Pinkalla | Thursday, September 12, 2013

Disaster resilience

A Disaster in the Making

book_alt2 icon Report Superstorm Sandy is just the latest in a long line of natural disasters that have tested the resilience of low-income communities and exposed the underlying socioeconomic problems these communities face year round.

By Tracey Ross | Monday, August 19, 2013

Mount Charleston Wildfire

President Obama’s Resilience Plan Needs Federal Investments

The president and Congress should create a federal resilience fund for communities nationwide to invest in protection for people, homes, and businesses from future extreme weather events.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shelter from the Superstorm

book_alt2 icon Report Investing more in climate preparedness and resilience will end up saving money in the long run by lowering the risks of extreme weather and climate-change impacts.

By Cathleen Kelly and Jackie Weidman | Monday, July 1, 2013

Pound Foolish

article icon Issue Brief Increased federal resilience spending is necessary to help our communities prepare for extreme weather.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Superstorm Sandy

Disastrous Spending: Federal Disaster-Relief Expenditures Rise amid More Extreme Weather

article icon Issue Brief As extreme weather events due to climate change increase in frequency and/or ferocity, we must get an accurate account of how much disaster relief costs the government and taxpayers and plan for the future by building community resiliency.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman | Monday, April 29, 2013

Superstorm Sandy

Infrastructure and Resilience: Forging a National Strategy for Reconstruction and Growth

article icon Issue Brief In this brief, we argue that the president must advance his new infrastructure initiatives and investment goals in the context of the public health and safety risks of climate change.

By Bracken Hendricks, Cathleen Kelly, and Adam James | Thursday, April 18, 2013

Superstorm Sandy

Going to Extremes: The $188 Billion Price Tag from Climate-Related Extreme Weather

As more American families suffer from increasingly severe weather events, making relief and aid the newest political football is unconscionable.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Damage from Hurricane Sandy

An Ounce of Prevention: Increasing Resiliency to Climate-Related Extreme Weather

We need dedicated funding for communities to increase their resilience to future extreme weather events.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman | Monday, December 17, 2012

Interactive Map: Counties Hit by Extreme Weather Events in 2011 and 2012 that Each Cost More than $1 Billion

Interactive map shows how extreme weather events cause significant damage to lower- and middle-class Americans.

Friday, November 16, 2012

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