Tag Archives: United States

Extreme heat – an “unseen threat” – burns U.S. urban poor

When scorching heat descends on New York City in the summer, Harlem resident Evelyn Jenkins-Smith finds breathing difficult when she goes outside. “My chest feels heavy,” said the retiree, who suffered a minor stroke two years ago. So the 73-year-old widow cloisters herself in her sweltering apartment, which lacks air conditioning. Jenkins-Smith is among the growing number of city dwellers whose ...

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‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Irma now a Category 5, carries winds of 175 mph

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‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Irma strengthened to Category 5 on Tuesday morning with sustained winds of 175 mph. The hurricane will bring damaging winds, life-threatening flooding and rough surf over the next few days to the northern Caribbean islands. Watches and state of emergency have been declared in Florida and Puerto Rico, but it is too early to predict the exact ...

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Climate Change: Most Americans Don’t Know About the Scientific Consensus

People's Climate March 2014 in New York City. Photo via Flickr user South Bend Voice

Almost 87% of Americans have no clue whatsoever that there is actually a scientific consensus on Climate Change, says a new report. The report published by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication says that, only 13% Americans can identify and acknowledge Climate Change to be a scientific truth. The annual survey ...

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Climate Change Could damages US economy, Intensify Inequality

Not only does it harm the environment, but climate change could have a strong negative impact on the US economy as well, and even that by as much as 20% drops in income if current trends continue, according to a study published in the Journal Science on Thursday. Public Policy professor Solomon Hsiang, principal author of the study says that large-scale ...

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US weighs cuts to global funding, pullout from treaties: report

US President Donald Trump is considering drastic funding cuts to international organizations and a review of treaties that could lead to a US withdrawal, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The new administration is preparing two executive orders, drafts of which were obtained by the newspaper, that could deprive the United Nations and other organizations of billions of dollars. ...

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Al Gore beats the climate drum as Trump takes office

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” sent shockwaves around the world with its dire warnings of environmental catastrophe, Al Gore is sounding the alarm on climate change again. This time, the stakes are arguably higher with the US inauguration of Donald Trump, who has dismissed global warming as a fraud invented by the Chinese and nominated climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to ...

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