07 Jun '11, 7pm

As Extreme Weather Rocks Nation, GOP Blocks Climate Adaptation Efforts

As Extreme Weather Rocks Nation, GOP Blocks Climate Adaptation Efforts

As Extreme Weather Rocks Nation, GOP Blocks Climate Adaptation Efforts Photo credit: thegreenj via Wikimedia /CC BY-SA Last year, natural disasters left 42 million people homeless -- twice as many as in 2009. 10% of those people were hit by earthquakes. The rest were victims of flooding, drought, heatwaves, and tropical storms, all of which scientists say are exacerbated by climate change. This year, in the United States, floods along the Mississippi and wildfires in Texas caused tens of thousands to flee their homes -- and hundreds were killed. All this seems to point to the fact that we need more and better climate adaptation efforts. And yet the GOP has just led a vote to block an effort that would let the Department of Homeland Security help American communities adapt to climate change. Smart. View the entire comment thread.

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