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Front view of stone home with severe tornado damage and portions of roof ripped off.

10 States Where Insurance Costs Impact Housing Affordability

Insurance companies are responding to the increasing frequency and intensity of severe weather events caused by climate change by raising home insurance premiums in high-risk states, adding another hurdle to housing affordability in the U.S.

February 26, 2024 - Fox Business

Power lines with dense icicles hanging from them against blue sky.

Texas Grid Holds Up to Freezing Temperatures

Efforts made to prepare the state’s infrastructure for winter storms after 2021’s disastrous freeze are paying off.

January 18, 2024 - The New York Times

Four-story light-colored multifamily apartment building.

HUD Resiliency Awards Target Affordable Multifamily Housing

The Green and Resilient Retrofit program aims to reduce vulnerability to climate challenges and improve energy efficiency in multifamily buildings.

December 31, 2023 - Housing Wire

Flooded street with two-story homes and palm trees being blown in the wind during a hurricane in Miami, Florida.

‘Reverse Migration’ Brings New Risk: Climate Change

Black Americans are flocking to southern states, but many popular destinations face growing threats from extreme weather.

December 19, 2023 - Inside Climate News

White house surrounded by several inches of tidal floodwaters.

A Different Approach to Managing Climate Displacement

As climate-driven flooding and storms put increasing pressure on coastal communities, some say the piecemeal nature of federal recovery and mitigation efforts aren’t cutting it.

December 14, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Train tracks along California coast with yellow wildflowers blooming on one side and blue Pacific Ocean on the other.

Transit’s Next Challenge: Climate Change

Extreme weather and erosion threaten transit infrastructure around the country.

November 10, 2023 - Transportation for America

View of rainy Sixth Street with grey sky in Austin, Texas

Austin Text Alert System Caters to Unhoused Residents

A new emergency text message alert system will provide information specific to the needs of homeless people during extreme weather events.

October 31, 2023 - KXAN

Cars passing through flooded street after Hurricane Sandy in New York City.

Federal Government Announces National Climate Resilience Framework

The document is designed to guide federal investment into community-driven solutions tailored to local conditions and needs.

October 3, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Worker in orange shirt and white helmet works at top of power line.

Building Resiliency in Rural Power Grids

A National Science Foundation study seeks to understand the impact of climate change and extreme weather on rural electrical grids in diverse geographic areas.

September 28, 2023 - The Daily Yonder

Flooded Houston street with half-submerged cars during Hurricane Harvey.

FEMA Resilience Designation Targets At-Risk Areas

Federally identified ‘disaster resilience zones’ could receive more funding and resources to urgently address climate resilience and prepare their neighborhoods for future extreme weather.

September 27, 2023 - Urban Edge

Brown and white "flash floods: next 55 miles" road sign in Death Valley, California

A Hurricane in Death Valley

The heavy rain brought by a rare West Coast hurricane could have long-lasting impacts on this iconic American landscape.

September 7, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Aerial view of beach homes in Galveston, Texas

Looking for a Beach House? Check Your Risk First.

A new report from the insurance industry names the historic town of Galveston, Texas as the riskiest place to buy a beach house in the United States.

June 26, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Fire burning on hillside behind house in Azusa, California

Can Insurance Woes Finally End Sprawl?

Environmental risks are becoming too much for the home insurance industry to bear. Could this be the first signs of the collapse and reversal of sprawling land use patterns?

June 22, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Aerial view of New York City including Empire State Building blanketed in orange wildfire smoke

How Responsible Is Climate Change for Increased Wildfires?

“Nearly all” since 2001, according to a new study on California wildfires by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

June 15, 2023 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Wildfire threatening hillside homes in Yucaipa, California

Home Insurers Are Fleeing California

Homeowners in the state are finding it increasingly difficult to secure insurance policies thanks to the growing risks of wildfire, drought, and other climate threats.

June 7, 2023 - Curbed

North Carolina Outer Banks Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Working With Nature, Not Against It

The concept of ‘natural capital’ calls on policymakers to consider the value of natural infrastructure, which can often improve climate resilience without expensive construction projects.

March 22, 2023 - Scientific American

San Francisco, California

The High Cost of Climate Disasters

Extreme weather events in the United States cost $165 billion and killed more than 474 people last year.

January 11, 2023 - Bloomberg Green

A snow covered statue looks out over a blanket of snow at the White House, which is also covered in snow.

Winter Storm Knocks Out Drinking Water Systems in the South, Including in Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi made headlines and incurred a civil rights investigation earlier this year when flooding knocked out the city’s drinking water supply. This week’s winter storm had the same effect on Jackson as well as other Southern cities.

December 29, 2022 - Mississippi Free Press

Volunteers wearing masks moving pallets of water bottles during February 2021 storm in Austin, Texas

How Mutual Aid Increases Community Resiliency

Recent devastating weather events highlight the importance of community connection in keeping people safe when infrastructure fails.

December 12, 2022 - Next City

Floodwaters and damaged road in Yellowstone National Park

How the Yellowstone Floods Laid Bare a Housing Crisis

This year’s historic floods ravaged communities already roiled by spiking housing costs and a shortage of available workforce housing near the nation’s oldest national park.

September 23, 2022 - High Country News

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