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07/21/2021

Chinese City Hit by Deadly Floods Suffered Heatwaves Days Before

Just days before devastating floods hit the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, its province of Henan endured heatwaves that swept across several industrial regions, threatening power outages, Bloomberg Green reports. Now the city is reeling from a record rainstorm that brought a year’s worth of precipitation in three days and killed at least 25 people, with thousands more fleeing the flooding.

(Bloomberg)

Western Wildfire Smoke Has Spread Across the United States

Wildfire smoke from the western United States and Canada stretched across the continent on Tuesday, covering eastern skies in a thick haze and triggering air quality alerts from Toronto to Philadelphia, the New York Times reports. In recent weeks, a series of near-relentless heat waves and deepening drought linked to climate change have helped to fuel exploding wildfires.

(The New York Times)

Do Leaked Climate Reports Help or Hurt Public Understanding of Global Warming?

Since the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988, most of the group’s landmark reports on the state of global warming have been leaked with the intent of shaping public perception of climate science. But because the leaked segments tell only part of the story and are often discussed out of context, some experts worry they’re doing more harm than good.

(Inside Climate News)

British Columbia Declares a State of Emergency, Evacuating Thousands of Residents

A provincial state of emergency was declared by the government of British Columbia on Tuesday after wildfires across the region prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents, the New York Times reports. Nearly 300 active wildfires are burning across British Columbia—14 of them started in the past two days alone.

(The New York Times)

Democrats Lay Out Vision for Civilian Climate Corps

A group of more than 80 House and Senate Democrats on Tuesday laid out their vision for a climate jobs program called the Civilian Climate Corps, which is expected to be part of a sweeping $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that aims to tackle climate change and other Democratic priorities, The Hill reports. The measure also prioritizes lifting up the nation’s most vulnerable communities.

(The Hill)

Climate Change Hits Poorer Communities Harder. For Some, FEMA’s Grants Are Out of Reach

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun to announce the winners of its grant program aimed at helping communities prepare for extreme weather made worse by climate change, NBC News reports. But more than half of the $500 million in grant funding is set to go to three of the nation’s wealthiest states—California, New Jersey and Washington—with many poor communities missing out.

(NBC News)

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