Disasters

7,000 California Preterm Births Linked To Wildfire Smoke Risks: Study

"Fire season has become a hard-to-breathe reality in much of the western United States. But the blazes may affect more than air quality or even human lungs. A recent study attributes as many as 7,000 preterm births in California to wildfire smoke exposure."

Source: Washington Post, 09/07/2021

"Biden To Visit NY, NJ To View Hurricane Ida's Destruction"

"President Joe Biden will visit New York and New Jersey on Tuesday to view the destruction wrought by last week's Hurricane Ida, which has left at least 57 dead and four missing in the eastern United States."

Source: Reuters, 09/07/2021

"Nearly 1 In 3 Americans Experienced A Weather Disaster This Summer"

"Nearly 1 in 3 Americans live in a county hit by a weather disaster in the past three months, according to a new Washington Post analysis of federal disaster declarations. On top of that, 64 percent live in places that experienced a multiday heat wave — phenomena that are not officially deemed disasters but are considered the most dangerous form of extreme weather."

Source: Washington Post, 09/06/2021

"Louisiana Shell Refinery Left Spewing Chemicals After Hurricane Ida"

"Behind a playground littered with downed tree branches, Shell’s refinery in Norco, Louisiana spewed black smoke from its stacks. The smell of rotten eggs, the signature scent of sulphur emissions, lingered in the air. In an effort to burn off toxic chemicals before and after Hurricane Ida, many industrial facilities sent the gases through smoke stacks topped with flares."

Source: Guardian, 09/06/2021

Will A Summer of Crises Lead to Climate Action? It’s Not Looking Good

"A $3.5 trillion budget bill is faltering in the Senate, and in America at large, well, as one expert put it: “It’s really hard to get people to change their way of life.”"

Source: Inside Climate News, 09/06/2021

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