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Extreme Weather

Lessons from the Storm

Hurricane Sandy damage book_alt2 icon Report The rise of extreme weather is spurring cities to develop climate resilience plans, but it takes more than hard infrastructure improvements to thrive after an extreme weather event.

by Danielle Baussan and Miranda Peterson | Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Too Hot to Handle

firefighter book_alt2 icon Report It is time for Congress to accept climate science, join the fight against climate change, and help Western communities defend themselves against hotter, bigger, and more dangerous wildfires.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Michael Madowitz | Thursday, October 22, 2015

Climate-Related Risk Insurance: A New Opportunity for U.S.-China Collaboration

President Obama and President XiThe United States and China can put their shared climate-finance commitments to work by collaborating on climate-related parametric-risk insurance initiatives.

by Pete Ogden, Ben Bovarnick, Yangshengjing (Ub) Qiu | Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Climate Change Threatens Electric Grid Reliability in the Southeast

Browns Ferry Nuclear PlantOpponents of the Clean Power Plan often claim that it will threaten grid reliability, but unmitigated climate change poses the greatest threat to the power sector in the Southeast.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Climate Change Threatens Electric Grid Reliability in the Midwest and Great Plains

Fort Calhoun nuclear stationOpponents of the Clean Power Plan often claim that it will threaten grid reliability, but unmitigated climate change poses the greatest risk to the power sector’s stability in the Midwest and Great Plains.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns and Alison Cassady | Monday, August 31, 2015

Key Principles for Climate-Related Risk Insurance

Hurricane Ivan enters the Gulf of Mexico. book_alt2 icon Report In the run-up to Paris, the Obama administration has an opportunity to lead the efforts to expand access to climate-related insurance across the developing world through parametric insurance programs.

by Pete Ogden, Ben Bovarnick, Yume Hoshijima | Friday, August 28, 2015

Climate Change Threatens Electric Grid Reliability in the Southwest

Lightening strikes over Lake Mead.Opponents of the Clean Power Plan claim that it will undermine grid reliability, but climate change is a far greater threat to power in the Southwest.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Friday, August 21, 2015

Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

Wheat nearing harvest book_alt2 icon Report Communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and agricultural communities throughout California are enduring high rates of unemployment, limited and costly access to safe and affordable water, and food insecurity as a consequence of the California drought.

by Wendy Ortiz | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When You Can’t Go Home

Hurricane Katrina article icon Issue Brief In Hurricane Katrina’s 10-year wake, there is still much to learn about the effects and frequency of climate displacement.

by Danielle Baussan | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Keeping the Lights On: The Clean Power Plan and the Real Threat to Grid Reliability

Superstorm SandyThe Clean Power Plan is necessary to combat climate change and to ensure that the U.S. electric grid remains reliable.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Friday, May 15, 2015

Social Cohesion: The Secret Weapon in the Fight for Equitable Climate Resilience

senior cooling center book_alt2 icon Report Fostering community cohesion in low-income, climate-vulnerable areas is an overlooked strategy for climate resilience before, during, and after extreme weather events.

by Danielle Baussan | Monday, May 11, 2015

Extreme Weather on the Rise

Cars sit on the edge of a sinkhole.The most severe weather events of 2014 took 65 lives and cost more than $19 billion, showing that the need for increased resilience investment is greater than ever.

by Miranda Peterson and Alexander Fields | Thursday, April 2, 2015

Infographic: Flush Floods

dripping sewageExtreme weather and rising sea levels from climate change pose a serious threat to our aging sewage system and public health.

by Ben Bovarnick, Shiva Polefka, Pete Morelewicz, Arpita Bhattacharyya | Monday, December 1, 2014

Rising Waters, Rising Threat

overflowing sewer book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers need to invest in the resilience of our wastewater treatment infrastructure to ensure that decades of progress on public health, environmental quality, and economic development are not washed away.

by Ben Bovarnick, Shiva Polefka, Arpita Bhattacharyya | Friday, October 31, 2014

2013: Extreme Weather, Extreme Damage

The nine most severe weather events in 2013 took 114 lives and cost $20 billion.

by Daniel J. Weiss and Siri Manning | Thursday, March 27, 2014