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Hurricanes and COVID-19 in Florida: Are Counties Prepared to Protect Hurricane-Vulnerable Populations?

Andrea Ramos, Ph.D. candidate in Public Administration and Dr. John L. Renne, AICP, , UCS

Hurricane season is underway, and many counties in Florida, severely impacted by Hurricanes Irma (2017) and Michael (2018), may not be ready to protect lives. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this task becomes even more difficult, as evacuating during a pandemic places greater burdens on vulnerable populations. Read more >

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Hurricane Michael

With Hurricane and COVID-19 Preparedness, Communities Are Damned if they Do and Damned if they Don’t

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Hurricane season is arriving in the middle of a global pandemic. What is the plan? Read more >

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Hurricane Dennis/US Navy

Real-Time Lessons on COVID-19 and US Hurricane Response: What We’ve Learned from Hanna and Isaias

, climate scientist

This hurricane season is particularly unique in a couple of ways – not only has it had various earliest named storms, but it is happening amidst a pandemic. The novel coronavirus is everywhere in the U.S. and in the world, and to respond to a disaster under the threat of contagion is nothing short of an extraordinary challenge. Read more >

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An Unusual Annual Meeting Season Saw Investors Ratchet Up Climate Pressure on ExxonMobil and Chevron

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

Earlier this year, we promised to watch fossil fuel companies’ statements and actions carefully over the annual general meeting season. A diverse array of climate-related issues were again on company agendas at this year’s annual meetings. The recent shift from financial institutions, even if small, speaks to climate activism’s influence, but if climate activism has taught us anything, it’s that words without actions do not and cannot count as progress to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Read more >

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Without bold action and preparation, climate change threats may bring similar impacts to those of COVID-19 Self-Help Enterprises

Groundwater Sustainability is a Necessity More Than Ever

, Western States Climate Scientist

The current pandemic is a threat to those closest to us today in a way that presages what we will experience on an accelerating basis due to the climate emergency. The low level of preparation communities have experienced around the pandemic, echos what these same communities face for water management on a daily basis and will face with future climate change threats unless fundamental changes are made locally. Read more >

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