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Climate Change

Coverage of the impact of climate change. Most now agree that the climate is warming and that is spawning more intense natural disasters like wildfires, floods and storms, including hurricanes.

The United Nations' most recent null warned that humanity collectively is not acting at the necessary pace and scale to stop climate change, but it says we still have a chance if urgent action is taken.
For decades, scientists warned that human-caused climate change will produce a growing number of weather catastrophes. But events once expected to happen decades from now are already here.
Climate activists have urged Biden to declare a climate emergency to unlock additional executive powers and resources to increase renewable energy, restrict fossil fuel extraction and protect Americans from wildfires.
“Unusual would be an understatement,” said Los Angeles County Meteorologist John Dumas. “Obviously there’s no correlation between the earthquake and the storm, but just the odds of one and then the other are pretty out there.”
While other regions may face only one main disaster threat — tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes on the Gulf and East coasts — California’s extreme topography brings siege from all sides.
Online scammers are eager to take advantage of people's need for aid, as well as their desire to help. Using the Internet's ability to conceal their true identity, they pose as government officials, charities and community groups.
In coastal communities across the U.S., technology and data play a significant role in helping both officials and members of the public better understand and mitigate risks related to rising sea levels.
In the last 48 hours, the National Weather Service recorded six places in Los Angeles County with over 5 inches of rainfall. According to Weather Service records, downtown Los Angeles obliterated its 1906 record of .03 inch.
Even though officials have long known about the risk of a major blaze, a review of records and interviews shows there was no fire evacuation plan for Lahaina that was widely available to the public.
FEMA has already provided more than $2.3 million in assistance to more than 1,330 households. More than $800,000 of that is rental assistance. FEMA wants all survivors to register for help as soon as possible.