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Nuclear Industry Looks to Save Money Under Reduced U.S. Safety Oversight

Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants’ defenses against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise. They’re part of the money-saving rollbacks sought …

Sea Level Rise Puts $117.5B at Risk from Chronic Flooding

Those interested in risk management are starting to take climate change a bit more seriously. The evidence is anecdotal, but for that proof one can just ask Phil Renaud, executive director for the Risk Institute at Ohio State University, a …

Insurance Industry Making ‘Significant Contributions’ in Climate Change Battle, Report Shows

The insurance industry is making significant contributions to building socio-economic resilience to climate change and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in their role as risk management experts and investors, according to a new research report The report out …

Landmark Climate Change Agreement ‘a Major Leap for Mankind’: Pres. Hollande

The world’s nations took the boldest steps yet to stem climate change, adopting an historic package of measures to limit fossil-fuel pollution and establish a mechanism to step up the reductions for decades. After two weeks of intense negotiations overseen …

Aging U.S. Nuclear Plants Pushing Limits of Life Expectancy

The U.S. is set to become the first nation to decide whether it’s safe to operate nuclear power plants for 80 years, twice as long as initially allowed. The majority of the nation’s 99 reactors have already received 20-year extensions …

Paris Climate Summit Will Seek New Path to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Next week, in the waning days of what is set to be the hottest year on record, world leaders meet on the outskirts of Paris for a summit that seeks nothing less than to steer the global economy away from …

UN Climate Negotiators in Final Effort before Paris to Achieve ‘Post-Carbon’ Era

Climate negotiators are meeting today in Bonn to take a last crack at a draft plan aimed at nudging the world into a post-carbon era. The five-day gathering marks the final round of United Nations talks before envoys, ministers and …

High-Tide Floods to Triple for Some East Coast Cities, Study Finds

Flooding during high tides, which used to be rare, is now common in some places and could worsen to the point that sections of coastal cities may flood so often they would become unusable in the near future, according to …

Report: More Reforms Needed for Flood, Wind Insurance Programs

A new report this week from the Union of Concerned Scientists, a watchdog group, warns that sea level rise and worsening storm surge are increasing both the risks of flooding in coastal communities and the potential for large costs borne …

Scientists Criticize Nuclear Plants Over Safety

More than one-third of U.S. nuclear power plants suffered safety-related incidents over the past three years, and nuclear regulators and plant operators need to improve inspections to prevent such events, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) said in a report …