Big storms are coming. Are we ready?

Jun 1, 2022
Networking plays a huge part in how prepared – and funded – communities can be for disasters.
Trees bend in the tropical storm wind along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The powerful hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba.
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More severe hurricane seasons bring higher costs

May 27, 2022
Storms are becoming more frequent and covering new ground. At the same time, mitigation efforts are getting more expensive
As oceans warm, storms get more severe.
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Weather forecasting key to navigating climate change

Oct 4, 2021
More accurate hurricane and wildfire forecasting can help save lives as extreme weather events become more common.
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Disaster fatigue continues with the start of hurricane season

May 31, 2021
Hurricane preparedness had to factor in social distancing last year. What do plans for this year look like?
Home Depot customers walk past hurricane preparation supplies for sale on May 27, 2021 in Doral, Florida.
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How insuring ecosystems could help communities adapt to climate change

Dec 22, 2020
“We were trying to insure something that no one owns,” says Kathy Baughman McLeod, director of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.
Coral reefs, which are threatened by rising ocean temperatures, protect coastal communities by acting as a natural sea wall. Now, thanks to an experimental financial product developed by environmental groups and insurance companies, they’re also insurable.
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U.S. is formally out of the Paris climate agreement

Nov 4, 2020
Slowing climate change and adapting to it requires cross-border cooperation, even though many costs will be local.
Greenpeace activists painted "No coal no Trump" on the side of a coal ship leaving Texas in 2017 after Trump said he would pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
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How COVID-19 compounds economic damage from Hurricane Laura

And government response often falls short of meeting the needs of those hit by storms.
A picture taken on Aug. 27, 2020 shows a destroyed building on a beach as the eye wall of hurricane Laura passes over in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
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Houston’s refineries and plants are vulnerable to hurricanes. Will a $32 billion plan save them from flooding?

Nov 27, 2018
When hurricanes hit Texas, the whole country feels it. Now, there’s a plan to lessen the blow.
A view of the Houston Ship Channel.
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How do hurricanes affect the jobs picture?

Nov 2, 2018
The number of people without jobs in the United States is expected to remain largely unchanged when the Labor Department reports the official unemployment rate Friday. One thing that could affect those numbers: a pair of hurricanes, Florence and Michael, that hit the Eastern Seaboard back to back. 
In this NOAA satellite handout image, shows Hurricane Florence it just makes landfall off the coast of the U.S. in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept.13, 2018.
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Puerto Rico seeks greater business role in hurricane planning

Jul 11, 2018
Residents of Puerto Rico are expressing relief that Hurricane Beryl has weakened as it sweeps over the island. But Puerto Rico is still recovering from last year’s hurricanes as more crop up in the Caribbean. One suggestion for how the island should prepare and react to natural disasters? Incorporate the private sector. Click the audio player […]