Disasters

"Extreme Weather Patterns Are Raising The Risk Of A Global Food Crisis"

"Extreme weather patterns associated with heat waves and droughts are raising the risks of simultaneous harvest failures of vital crops worldwide such as wheat, maize and soybeans, two studies published Monday found. This is pushing the world closer to the edge of potential food price spikes, associated social unrest and food shortages."

Source: Washington Post, 12/11/2019

Oil Train Derails, Burns in Saskatchewan

"RCMP say no injuries reported, local highway closed after Canadian Pacific Railway derailment"

"Melanie Loessl says she's never seen anything like it.

Early Monday morning, Loessl received a phone call from her daughter, just down the road from her farmstead near Guernsey, Sask., roughly 110 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

Her daughter told her a train had derailed and caught fire.

"When I looked out my window, all I could see was flames and crazy smoke," she said. "I thought our whole place was on fire.""

Source: CBC News, 12/10/2019

Climate Impacts: Insurers Cherry-Pick Homes, Leave Flooded Ones For Feds

"Taxpayers could be forced to spend billions of dollars to bail out the federal government's flood program as private-sector insurers begin covering homes with little risk of flooding while clustering peril-prone properties in the indebted public program."

Source: ClimateWire, 12/04/2019

Soiled Skies Incite ‘Choked’ Author to Pursue Air Pollution Story 

The data on dirty air is devastating. But it wasn’t just the numbers that prompted freelance journalist Beth Gardiner to chase the story of worsening air pollution around the globe. It was also the impact on human lives and the intersection with politics, power and money. She explains in our latest feature story. Plus, resources for your own reporting.

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