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Superfund Sites and the Floods of Hurricane Harvey: Foreseeable or an “Act of God”?

, research scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

Superfund sites contain some of the most dangerous chemicals known to humankind. It has been confirmed that Superfund sites in the Houston area were submerged by the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey. Does this mean these hazardous chemicals were swept away off of Superfund sites into neighboring communities where people live, play, and work? If so, who will be responsible for cleaning up such a disaster? Read more >

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New Interactive Map Highlights Effects of Sea Level Rise, Shows Areas of Chronic Flooding by Community

, climate scientist

A new interactive map tool lets you explore when and where chronic flooding–defined as 26 floods per year or more–will force communities to make hard choices. Here’s how to use it. Read more >

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How the Size of Your iPhone Relates to Sea Level Rise

, climate scientist

Got your phone handy? Over the last month, coastal residents from Hawaii to Rhode Island wielded their smartphones and snapped dozens of shocking photos at high tide showing neighborhoods, parking lots, and public parks underwater. Meanwhile, scientists have published a spate of sobering sea level rise studies. We spend hours cradling our phones in our hands…let’s put them to use for a moment (screens off!) to put the latest sea level rise science into perspective. Read more >

Dangendorf et al. 2017
The Global Sea Level Observing System
Sweet et al. 2017
Vitousek et al. 2017
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Photo: NASA

Matthew Is the Most Powerful Atlantic Hurricane in a Generation. Here’s What You Need to Know.

, climate scientist

This is a gravely serious storm. Many of today’s East Coast residents have never experienced a hurricane of this magnitude and power, nor much considered the risks. Now they have a matter of hours to prepare. Read more >

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Winter Storm Jonas, Storm Surge, and the Science of Coastal Flooding

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Winter Storm Jonas, poised to pound the mid-Atlantic this weekend, could bring record-breaking conditions. Some of the greatest danger will exist along our coasts, as high winds and high tides contribute to storm surge and potentially massive waves. Read more >

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