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In the 02/07/2019 edition:

As Congress Launches Month of Climate Hearings, GOP Bashes Green New Deal

In their first House committee hearings since taking control, Democrats stressed the urgency of action on climate change. They still face long odds.

With Democrats now in charge, two key committees in the U.S. House of Representatives used their first hearings of the year on Wednesday to press for more vigorous action on climate change, despite the political and practical hurdles.

Democrats and their witnesses, including governors, policy experts and scientists, argued that time is alarmingly short. But it became clear over the hours that if the stakes are high, the odds are long.

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Hurricane Michael Cost This Military Base About $5 Billion, Just One of 2018's Weather Disasters

Major hurricanes, devastating wildfires, a drought and a series of extreme storms ran up the count of billion-dollar U.S. climate and weather disasters.

Updated Feb. 6 with final 2018 disaster data.

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