"Everyone is exposed" as taxpayer-backed loans and insurance face a coming storm.
Zack ColmanPeople, this is a big one.
US taxpayers are on the hook for BILLIONS in losses as taxpayers continue to back mortgages in the most flood-prone areas.
Here's what me & @KatyODonnell_ found
Zack Colman“There are some systemic risks here which need to be considered and evaluated — and right now. U.S. financial regulators are much further behind in that regard.”
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center said Thursday it predicts a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season this year.
Zack Colman“What cities are telling me is they don’t have enough money right now to handle a pandemic and a major disaster at the same time. We’ve spent so much money on the pandemic and our revenues have taken such a hit because of the closures and unemployment."
Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.
Zack Colman"I've read a lot of newspaper articles over the past couple weeks that have said if only we can have people telecommute one day a week across the entire basin, our air quality problems will be solved. And unfortunately, it's not that simple."
Zack ColmanResearchers for the first time documented evidence of increasing cyclone intensity over 40 years.
The conclusion adds to the complex debate on the human role in fueling stronger hurricanes & typhoons.
The huge number of wells already abandoned and causing environmental harm is only going to grow because of the current oil market problems.
Zack ColmanThe market bust that is expected to trigger a spate of bankruptcies in the oil patch is threatening to leave states holding a massive bill to seal up thousands of new "orphan" wells that pose pollution risks.
But if he wants to avoid being the target of their protests both before and—if he’s elected—after November, he’ll need to earn more than just their votes.
Zack ColmanA late April survey suggests "the vast majority of climate activists will vote for Biden. But the data also suggest that they won’t support him blindly—and are prepared to cause trouble if he dismisses their concerns." - @Fisher_DanaR
Asked about the possibility of an abbreviated baseball season and the start of football, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that would happen only if fans are not allowed to attend and athletes stay in hotels when not playing.
Zack ColmanI would 1000% watch the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions play in an empty stadium. Tigers are used to it and it probably would help the Lions.
Zack ColmanSCOOP: UN climate talks #COP26 are delayed due to coronavirus concerns, @MaKaOro and I report.
Originally set for November (6 days after US election), the UK hosts are consulting w/ countries for new dates.
Protecting the environment and tackling climate change have climbed up the list of Americans’ political priorities, but there are startling differences between members of different parties.
Zack Colman"For the first time in the survey’s two-decade history, a majority of Americans said dealing with climate change should be a top priority ... But the surge in climate and environmental concern masks a deep partisan divide."
President Trump’s long-promised rollback of Obama-era fuel economy standards may not be completed until this summer, and may not be tenable even then.
Zack Colman"six people familiar with the documents described them as 'Swiss cheese,' sprinkled with glaring numerical and spelling errors (such as 'Massachusettes'), with 111 sections marked 'text forthcoming.'
great reporting by @CoralMDavenport
From big tech to Big Oil, global corporations in all sectors are churning out climate action plans to reduce carbon footprints and adapt to tomorrow's low-carbon economy. At Davos' annual conclave of the rich and powerful, "it is all that anyone is...
Zack ColmanClimate crisis spawns high tide of greenwashing - great story on the rush to announce new corporate climate initiatives as business bigwigs huddle in Davos — by @patrickgaley & @marlowehood
Massive amounts of natural gas are being burned to make way for oil production. Unless the incentives are changed, the harmful practice will become even more common in the U.S.
Zack Colman“Even as more and more gas gets supercooled and shipped around the world in expensive, liquefied form, an estimated 5.1 trillion cubic feet of gas was flared world-wide in 2018 ... equivalent to the combined consumption of France, Germany and Belgium.”