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Where Is the Assistance for Those Hit by Hurricane Maria?

Our nation has been rocked by three catastrophic hurricanes over the past five weeks. This rash of disasters has taxed the nation's capacity to respond...

Trump Should Not Cut Action on Climate Impacts | NRDC

The Trump administration has been very clear about its desire to dismantle the nation's plan to reduce the pollution that causes climate change.and more »...

Flood, Rebuild, Repeat: The Need for Flood Insurance Reforms

Zip codes in the USA that contain at least one Severe Repetitive Loss Property (a frequently flooded property). NRDC figure generated from FEMA data. Can...

Climate Risks Must Be Part of Plans to Help Nation's Poorest

New Orleans Charity Hospital, Hurricane Katrina, September 2005 Evacuating by truck through flood waters, Charity Hospital, New Orleans, after the Hurricane Katrina levee failure disaster.

High Water and Red Tags

(blog) (blog)In late December and early January, the Midwest was hit with intense storms that caused the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to rise. Ten...

Federal Flood Protection Standards One Year Later

(blog) (blog)One year ago, President Obama issued a directive to all federal agencies to begin preparing for sea level rise and the increasing risk...

Climate fiction provides a window into our future -

- and ourselvesNatural Resources Defense Council (blog)The drive home after watching Mad Max: Fury Road was terrifying. Accelerating onto the highway with a kind of...

Bizarro Floods on Mississippi River, Part 2

(blog) (blog)The floods that have inundated parts of Illinois and Missouri are highly unusual, both in terms of their timing and their size and...

Bizarro Floods on Mississippi River

(blog) (blog)Record floods have been occurring throughout Illinois and Missouri over the holidays. Floods are never something to be taken lightly, but flooding combined...

Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Breaks Records in 2015

(blog) (blog)The toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie was the most severe this century. That news was delivered by the scientists at the National...

South Carolina floods a wake-up call for the future

(blog)While Hurricane Joaquin didn't make landfall in the United States, it contributed to the massive flooding that South Carolina is now enduring. The toll...

NRDC Lights Up Art Expo Chicago Using Water

(blog)NRDC's recently marked its fourth year at Art Expo Chicago, one of the foremost arts expositions in the world. Even among this elite arts...

Congress Should Not Block Federal Flood Protection Standard

(blog)Flood damages are increasing throughout the United States. Rising sea levels and changing precipitation patterns due to climate change are part of the reason.

2015 Hurricane Season Begins

(blog)June 1st marks the official beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season in the U.S. This year is predicted to be a relatively calm season,...

Flood Insurance in Texas and Oklahoma

(blog)The floods that have been affecting large parts of Texas and Oklahoma are bringing several questions to the forefront about the National Flood Insurance...

Texas Floods Illustrate the Need to Plan for Climate Change

(blog)Over the Memorial Day weekend widespread flooding occurred in at least eight counties in Texas, which include the cities of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio,...

Funding Controversy is Water Under the Tappan Zee Bridge

(blog) (blog)After months of effort, the State of New York finally gave up on its attempts to divert over $500 million from the state's...

Chicago Floods of 2013 Highlight Need for Green Infrastructure

(blog) (blog)Two years ago this Sunday, the Chicago region was declared a federal disaster area due to widespread flooding that paralyzed the region and...

NRDC's Climate Smart Flood Insurance Reforms

Bankrate.com (blog)Flooding is on the rise, if you'll excuse the pun. And floods will become more likely and more costly as the climate continues to...

Flood Protection is Topic of Conversation in Virginia and California

(blog)On Wednesday, March 11 two of my NRDC colleagues, Joel Scata and Ben Chou, will be attending listening sessions on the updated federal flood...

812 Million Ways Louisiana Could Have Made Itself More Resilient

(blog)A report released last week has revealed that the State of Louisiana has failed to make use of $812 million in disaster mitigation money...

Climate Change is Risky For Business

(blog)Risky Business, an organization founded by Tom Steyer, Hank Paulson, and Michael Bloomberg, three giants of the business world, released a report detailing the...

Canada confirms its ever-weakening climate policy as the U.S. announces ...

(blog)Canada's Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq stated the Harper government “would like to work in concert with the United States on reducing greenhouse gas emissions...

What the Farmers Insurance Suit Tell Us About Climate Change

(blog)A lawsuit filed in Illinois by Farmers Insurance claims that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), the City of Chicago, and 101 other municipalities...

National Climate Assessment Predicts a Challenging Future for Water Resources

(blog)It's time to take serious action to prepare for the impacts of climate change, so warns the newest National Climate Assessment report released today.

New York City Illustrates Gaps In Flood Insurance Debate

(blog)A new report from my colleagues at NRDC illustrates just how off-the-mark the recent debate in Congress about flood insurance has been. Our elected...

Floodwaters are gone but not forgotten: lessons learned from Sandy

(blog)My NRDC colleague Rob Moore has blogged on FEMA's opportunity to enhance coastal protection and climate resiliency by this kind of comprehensive floodplain map...

Illinois Moving on Climate Ready Water Infrastructure

(blog)The Illinois State Senate unanimously passed legislation that will help make wastewater and stormwater systems better prepared for the impacts of climate change. SB...

AP Flood Insurance Story Needs Clarification

(blog)It's been a disappointing month on the National Flood Insurance front. The House and Senate passed legislation to reinstate dangerous flood insurance subsidies for...

AP Flood Insurance Story Needs Clarification

(blog)It's been a disappointing month on the National Flood Insurance front. The House and Senate passed legislation to reinstate dangerous flood insurance subsidies for...

President Launches New Climate Mapping and Data Initiative

(blog)Later today the Obama administration will be unveiling an ambitious initiative aimed at providing federal, state, and local decision makers with the latest and...