Disasters

"USDA Pledges Billions For Climate-Smart Farm Projects, Resilience"

"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he’ll use billions of dollars from a Depression-era agency to pay for a carbon-saving program for farms, and to help farmers prepare for drought and adverse weather associated with climate change."

Source: E&E News, 09/30/2021

"The ‘Burn Scars’ of Wildfires Threaten the West’s Drinking Water"

"Colorado saw its worst fire season last year, with the three largest fires in state history and more than 600,000 acres burned. But some of the effects didn’t appear until this July, when heavy rain pushed sediment from damaged forests down mountainsides, causing mudslides that shut down sections of Interstate 70 for almost two weeks."

Source: Kaiser Health News, 09/28/2021

"See the Dozens of Offshore Oil Spills Caused by Hurricane Ida"

"When Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast with near 150 mile-per-hour winds on Aug. 30, it left a trail of destruction. The storm also triggered the most oil spills detected from space after a weather event in the Gulf of Mexico since the federal government started using satellites to track spills and leaks a decade ago."

Source: NYTimes, 09/27/2021

"PG&E Charged With Manslaughter For Sparking California Wildfire"

"Prosecutors in Northern California on Friday charged power utility Pacific Gas & Electric with four counts of manslaughter and other felonies, alleging it failed to cut down a sickly tree that fell onto power lines and sparked a deadly wildfire."

Source: Reuters, 09/27/2021

Children Face More Climate Disasters Than Their Grandparents: Research

"People born today will suffer many times more extreme heatwaves and other climate disasters over their lifetimes than their grandparents, research has shown. The study is the first to assess the contrasting experience of climate extremes by different age groups and starkly highlights the intergenerational injustice posed by the climate crisis."

Source: Guardian, 09/27/2021

Gov. Newsom Signs $15 Billion Climate Package At Sequoia National Park

"Speaking at Sequoia National Park, where firefighters have toiled for the past two weeks to keep wildfires from killing some of the largest trees in the world, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a package of bills providing $15 billion for a wide range of climate, wildfire and water projects — from thinning forests to building electric car charging stations and encouraging the development of offshore wind farms."

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 09/24/2021

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