President Barack Obama, who has vowed to make fighting global warming a focus of his remaining years in office, yesterday unveiled initiatives to mitigate what aides say are the effects of an already changing climate.
Nations risk repeating the failure of climate talks in 2009 unless they sign up to mandatory emissions reductions in a treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, according to Bangladesh’s climate envoy to the United Nations.
As taxpayer subsidies for the national flood-insurance program began winding down this year, coastal property owners began to complain about bigger insurance bills. With rates rising to reflect the true risk of living in flood-prone areas, some people’s annual premiums rose to several thousand dollars, from a few hundred.
Climate Central -- As the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a new study points to the rapidly escalating risk of Sandy-magnitude flooding events in the New York City area. The study, published Thursday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, found that sea level rise has already doubled the annual probability of a Sandy-level flood in New York City since 1950.