A new and first-of-its-kind study from an international team of scientists led by UK’s Newcastle University has found that nearly 15 million people around the globe are at risk from deadly flooding caused by glacial lakes, with around half of those exposed concentrated in just four countries: India, China, Peru, and Pakistan. The phenomenon of glacial lake flooding is formally known as a “glacial lake outburst flood”, or GLOF. As temperatures around the planet continue to rise due to climate change, glaciers are melting at a rapid pace into glacial lakes. If a lake rises too high or the surrounding land and ice give away, the lake could “burst”, sending water and debris rushing down mountains. Living downstream from a glacial lake is incredibly dangerous for this reason.
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Dead NASA Satellite Returns to Earth After 38 Years
39 years after its launch, NASA’s now-defunct Earth Radiation Budget Satellite–known as ERBS–has fallen back onto Earth. ERBS was launched to low Earth orbit in 1984 aboard the space shuttle Challenger as part of NASA’s Earth Radiation Budget Experiment Mission.
Climate Change: An Issue Without a Party
If there is any issue that people should be united over right now, it is the threat to our planet, presented as climate change. Climate change is a very hot issue for many, and it can be very polarizing in political spheres, as it is largely viewed by Republicans as a tool for the Democrat’s agenda. However, while climate change may be an issue more widely at the forefront of a Democrat’s political agenda, it should be at the forefront of every party’s agenda, as climate change is a threat that we all face, regardless of political affiliation. As a threat to us all, one would think that people all over the world would be working together to do everything they can to minimize its dangerous effects. Yet sadly, this is not our present reality. Today, there are still people who deny its very existence, and of those who don’t, there are many who unfortunately do not understand or care about the severity of its threat. While I’m not here today to prove its existence, as anybody who examines the facts will clearly see that it is, in fact, real and that there is 100% scientific consensus on its existence, I will be addressing some of the reasons that people should care about this threat regardless of what party they may fall into.
How We Can Respond to Climate Change
Right now, in the U.S. and around the world, climate change is causing major weather events and catastrophic situations to occur, negatively impacting everyone in its path. This includes flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, and many other dangerous disasters. It’s important to know what is causing this and do our best to figure out ways to prevent these causes from further damaging our environment.
Subtropical Storm Nicole is on track to strengthen into a hurricane as it nears Florida
A hurricane warning was issued in Florida as subtropical storm Nicole strengthens by the minute. This rare November hurricane could hit Florida’s east coast this Wednesday not two months after Hurricane Ian’s deadly destruction. The last time a hurricane struck the US in the month of November was Hurricane Kate in 1985.
The National Hurricane Center expects Nicole to keep strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches the Sunshine State late Wednesday into Thursday morning.
How Gen-Z is Shaping Politics
Members of Gen-Z (Americans under 26) have come of age during Donald Trump’s presidency and a pandemic, in an era with uprisings over police brutality and a fight for reproductive rights, rising economic inequality and frequent school shootings. This generation is calling for many changes, but many have lost faith in the political system and politicians themselves since nothing is being done. This is why it is important to prioritize these issues instead of simply just “choosing a political side” when it comes to midterm voting this year.
Inflation Reduction Act Officially Passed In The Senate
The passing of the Inflation Reduction Act on August 7th is a tremendous win for the Democrats, who have been repeatedly attempting to push climate change bills into the public eye. With the chaos that is the US government right now, climate change hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of American minds, but luckily Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia have fulfilled their promise to enact new policies that will make at least some environmental difference.
Senate Bill In Motion Spending Billions Helping Climate Change, Health Care, Taxes, and Inflation
Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have struck a deal on a new, innovative act that will attempt to slow down the progression of climate change, while also increasing tax incentives for renewable energy sources. This bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, will encourage Americans to finally make the switch to environmentally-friendly technology, like solar panels and electric cars, with the federal government spending about $369 billion total over 10 years.
Over 55,000 Acres Burned And 4 Dead In California Wildfire
The McKinney fire currently burning in the northernmost part of California has been named as the largest fire in California this year, with over 55,000 acres burned and more than 100 homes destroyed in the span of 72 hours. The additionally terrifying aspect of this fire is that despite the efforts of at least 650 firefighters, officials have shared that the fire remains 0% contained, meaning that no progress has been made whatsoever to stop the flames from spreading. While a bit of rain helped bring moisture into the air, allowing firefighters to briefly make some headway, lightning and thunderstorms raged on, exacerbating the issue and causing more small fires in different areas.
Flooding in Kentucky Leaves Hundreds Missing And 30 Dead
In the midst of forest fires in California and extreme heat waves nationwide, the most recent concern centers on devastating floods in the South, specifically the severe flash floods and storms currently affecting Kentucky. While the heavy rains began last week, this morning Governor Andy Beshear shared the heartbreaking news that now there are 30 documented fatalities due to the flooding, with hundreds of individuals currently missing and unaccounted for. Beshear grew emotional as he spoke of the six children that were killed in the flooding, with four of them being siblings all under the age of 10 who were seeking shelter on top of their roof of their home before the water surged through their community.
Manchin And Schumer Announce Deal
For Energy And Health Care Bill
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin announced on Wednesday a deal on health care costs, energy and climate issues. The deal represents a breakthrough after more than a year of negotiations that have fallen through time and time again.
Former Racing Driver Wins the BBC Evergreen Athlete Award
Leilani Münter, a former racing driver and climate activist, has won the BBC’s Evergreen Athlete Award, which is part of its inaugural Green Sport Awards. The announcement came before the main awards to be aired in October, for which people can nominate sports organizations they think are raising awareness or reducing their impact.