Climate Change News

2 Northern California Cities Are Suing Big Oil Firms Over Climate Change

California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents. The lawsuits, filed in state courts …

What If an Irma-Like Hurricane Hit the New York City Metro Area?

It sounds like a Hollywood disaster movie. A Category 5 hurricane churning in the mid-Atlantic suddenly veers northwest – and heads straight for New York City. The good news is that, for now, experts agree a Cat 5-sized deluge appears …

California Governor Signs Plan to Spend $1.5B in Climate Money

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills that outline a plan to spend $1.5 billion on environmental initiatives using money from the state’s recently renewed cap and trade program. The bills were signed over the weekend, soon after lawmakers …

Green Cat Bonds Aren’t a Thing – Yet

Green cat bonds. That slinky phrase is one that Greg Lowe, global head of resilience and sustainability for Aon, would enjoy hearing uttered frequently in the near future. Lowe has been talking with an increasing number of people in the …

Hurricane Irma May Push Island States to Seek Climate Change Aid

Devastation from Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean will sharpen the demands from small island nations that top fossil-fuel consumers help them cope with damage attributable to climate change, according to representatives of some of those countries. That will put island …

New York City Reviews Plans on Flooding After Houston Disaster

New York is reviewing its plans for a massive rainstorm after the flooding that has left parts of Houston underwater for days. “We’re looking at what a Harvey-type event would mean in New York City,” said Daniel Zarrilli, senior director …

Climate Change and Hurricanes – The Worst Is Yet to Come

How powerful would Hurricane Harvey have been in 1880? How much stronger might it be in 2100? A single Hurricane Harvey has been more than anyone can bear. But to better prepare cities for future storms, researchers are preparing to …

Insurers Will Easily Swallow Harvey’s Claims but Growing Climate Risk Predicted

Damages from Hurricane Harvey’s ravaging of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast are estimated to be well below those from the major storms that hit New Orleans and New York in recent years, insurance executives have said. Though insurers should …

Sweltering Las Vegas Heat Continues Delaying, Canceling Flights

The extreme heat this summer in Las Vegas has been causing a multitude of delays and cancellations at McCarran International Airport, including one airline that suspended service for the season and another that had to adjust its departure schedule. Airport …

Climate Change Altering River Flood Patterns in Europe: Study

Climate change is affecting the timing of river floods across Europe and societies may have to adapt to avoid future economic and environmental harm, scientists said. River floods are among the costliest natural disasters worldwide, causing annual damages of more …