Tag: Housing

The environmental justice fight to block the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles

Every four years, thousands of Olympic athletes representing more than 200 countries push the limits of the human body. Close to 4 billion people — more than half the world’s population — have tuned in for each Olympic Games since 2004.  But the Olympics can highlight or exacerbate social and environmental challenges plaguing their host […]

FEMA’s new flood insurance plan is drawing the battle lines over climate adaptation

On Friday the Federal Emergency Management Administration, or FEMA, will roll out sweeping changes to a government program that provides flood insurance to some three million American households. These changes will sharply raise the cost of flood insurance for many high-value homes in coastal states like Florida, sending dramatic new signals to current and potential […]

The environmental justice logic behind Cori Bush’s fight for the eviction moratorium

Cori Bush knows the violence that can stem from homelessness — and how it so often begins with eviction. Local surveys have found that anywhere from 12 percent to nearly half of people living on the streets blame eviction for their homelessness. Bush, who is now a Democratic U.S. Representative of Missouri, lived in a […]

Study: People are moving to flood-prone areas, not away from them

In January 2003, Tropical Cyclone Delfina dropped heavy rains over Malawi and Mozambique, causing devastating flooding. The floods lasted 47 days, killing 23 people and displacing some 400,000. More than a decade later, in January 2015, heavy rains swept through the two countries again, producing flooding in many of the same areas, killing nearly 300 […]

As extreme heat and wildfires rage, a ‘protection gap’ threatens Californians

Over the past decade, wildfires and extreme heat have destabilized California in ways both dramatic and subtle: 4.2 million acres burned last year alone, most of the state is experiencing emergency levels of drought, and heat-related deaths are on the rise. These climate-driven disasters have worsened the state’s housing crisis, as insurance in risky areas […]

The Surfside tragedy could be a ‘bellwether moment’ for managed retreat

The Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed last week, killing at least 18 people with 145 others unaccounted for. It’s too soon to say whether climate change had anything to do with the tragedy. But the collapse has shone a spotlight on Florida’s unique vulnerabilities to climate change and raised questions about […]

The Guardian view on getting to net zero: the crunch is coming | Editorial

Bold climate targets are meaningless without policies to meet them. The PM should grab the chance to make Cop26 a success Targets are all very well. But not if there is no way of reaching them. In which case, they are a sham. This is the problem now confronting the government. The UK’s stated goal […]

This Louisiana neighborhood is retreating in the face of climate change

In early May, President Joe Biden stood in front of the 70-year old Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana. With the aging bridge in the background, he spoke about the hurricanes that have battered the town over the last year, emphasizing the need for infrastructure to adapt to the increasing severity of storms influenced […]

Climate crisis to put millions of British homes at risk of subsiding

Drier summers mean the ground in vulnerable areas will be more prone to shrink and crack, scientists say The climate crisis is very likely to put millions of homes at increased risk of subsidence, according to new data from the British Geological Survey (BGS). The hotter and drier summers being driven by global heating mean […]

There’s federal money available to house the homeless. No one’s taking it.

Two weeks after the United States began its first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, then-President Donald Trump instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to reimburse cities, counties, and tribes for 75 percent of costs related to housing homeless people in unoccupied hotels, as well as administering COVID-19 tests to those without housing. When […]