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Need for climate finance front and center at U.N. General Assembly

Sep 22, 2021
Developed countries pledged $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer nations mitigate and adapt to climate change.
President Joe Biden addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He pledged to increase the U.S. contribution to international climate funding.
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California orders insurers not to drop homeowners in wildfire-prone areas

Sep 21, 2021
With the risk of wildfire rising, it's become harder for some homeowners to find coverage.
A table and chairs remain in front of a Greenville, California, home destroyed by the Dixie Fire. State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara wants insurers to reward residents who mitigate fire risk.
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More companies pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Sep 20, 2021
What do corporate pledges accomplish in the long run? And do they really work to bring about meaningful change?
Fumes rise from factories in Kawasaki, Japan, in 2009. More than 80 companies announced Monday that they're signing on to The Climate Pledge, which aims to get corporations to net-zero emissions by 2040.
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Why doesn't homeowners insurance cover flood damage?

Sep 16, 2021
Short answer: Flooding cost insurance companies too much money, so the federal government stepped in.
River water floods the front of a home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Covering flood damage proved to be a money loser for the insurance industry.
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Climate change may force 200 million people to migrate, study says

Sep 14, 2021
And the mass migrations could start within a decade, according to a new report from the World Bank.
A farmer walks among orange trees dried out by a drought in Morocco's southern plains in October 2020. Water scarcity will likely be a cause of migration in Northern Africa over the coming decades, according to a World Bank report.
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Cheaper tickets ahead as virus saps air travel

Sep 9, 2021
The industry is warning of more than the usual post-summer falloff in flying.
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20 years on, health care claims from 9/11 survivors are increasing

Sep 9, 2021
Many have been diagnosed with cancer. The exposure to toxins from the pulverized buildings "has a really, really long tail," a doctor says.
In 2007, paramedic Marvin Bethea, a first responder on 9/11, displayed the medications he had to take in the aftermath.
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A record number of job openings, but only so-so on the hiring front

Sep 8, 2021
In some sectors, there aren’t enough job openings, like in construction, education and the arts. And in others, there are too many, like food servic
While job openings were at an all-time high in late July, the number of hires has plateaued.
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Federal pandemic unemployment benefits expire nationwide

Sep 6, 2021
No more gig worker and self-employed benefits, no more extra $300 a week and no more extended aid for the long-term unemployed.
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What will it take to keep NYC's subway running after tropical downpours?

Sep 3, 2021
Major improvements to the subway itself — as well as everything above and around it.
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