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IS THIS CLIMATE CHANGE OR JUST WEATHER?

Doesn’t it feel like we’ve been tossing around in a washing machine of natural disasters in 2017?  Hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, drought, storm surge… earthquakes!  Is this because of climate change or is it just weather?

What’s the difference between climate and weather? 

Climate is different than weather and both are driven by global warming and human land use.

Weather is local and temporary.  It’s how the atmosphere is behaving at a particular time in a certain place. Temperature, rain, snow, and wind are all elements of weather. Weather is variable and constantly changing. When you look out your window, you are looking at weather; the 7-day temperature, sun, rain or snow forecasts are telling you about the expected weather.  

image source: The Weather Network

A hurricane, snowstorm or heat wave is weather – not climate.

Thinking bigger picture, climate describes average atmospheric indicators like...

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Floodplains Are Key To Public Safety

Reports of human loss and suffering from flooding are reported at least weekly, if not nightly, in mainstream media. And while the axiom “if it bleeds it leads” may heighten our perception of how bad it is, the impacts of floods on people and their homes is on the rise. According to the report Cities and Flooding [1] commissioned by the World Bank, the 10-year moving median # of reported flood events is rising steadily and is a full 16 times higher in 2010 than 50 years earlier.

But floods are nothing new. Rather, they are natural events that have been happening for millennia, shaping the earth we live on and creating much of the natural bounty that supports us today. 

Still, we villainize nature when she brings us harm. Floods, like wildfires, have gotten a very bad name because of the harm to people we associate with these events. But Mother Nature is not the problem. Dr. Gilbert White, the late founder of the internationally recognized...

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