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The two largest reservoirs in California are already at ‘critically low levels’ and the dry season is just starting

(CNN) Against the backdrop of the water crisis in the Colorado River Basin, where the country’s largest reservoirs are plunging at an alarming rate, California’s two largest reservoirs — Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville — are facing a similar struggle. Years of low rainfall and snowpack and more intense heat waves have fed directly to the state’s multiyear, […]

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Millions of Americans will be forced into an involuntary polar plunge this week

[CNN] After a mild end to the weekend for many states, Old Man Winter will make a comeback as we start off the new workweek. “Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below average over the northern tier states by Monday morning,” the Weather Prediction Center said Saturday. And that’s just the beginning. The thermometer will […]

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Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana

[CNN] What you need to know now Hurricane Ida: Ida has made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as an extremely dangerous, Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Track the storm: You can follow Ida’s path here.Are you in Ida’s path? By Fernando Alfonso III, Mike Hayes, Judson Jones and Adrienne Vogt, Hurricane Ida makes landfall […]

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Online Map Shows How Rising Sea Levels Will Impact Humanity

[Forbes, NASA] NASA’s Sea Level Change Team has created a sea level projection tool based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that visualizes the impacts of future sea level rise on coastlines and communities. More than 600 million people (around 10 percent of the world’s population) live in coastal areas that are less than […]

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Tsunami warning in effect for parts of the Alaskan coast after an 8.2 earthquake

[CNN] Parts of Alaska are under tsunami warnings after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast, according to preliminary data from the US Geological Survey. The very strong quake was located about 56 miles (91 kilometers) east southeast of Perryville, Alaska, and occurred around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night local time, USGS said. At 29 miles […]

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Griddy banned from Texas power market over payment breach

[New York Post, Reuters] The Texas energy company Griddy has been banned from participating in the state’s power market, according to a report. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas revoked Griddy’s rights to enter the state’s electricity market on Friday, because of a payment breach, Bloomberg reported. Griddy had previously said it would challenge the prices […]

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Texan files $1 billion class-action lawsuit after receiving $9,000 electric bill

[ABC NEWS, GETTY] One resident said her bill soared to $9,340 the week of the Texas storm. A $1 billion class-action lawsuit has been filed against Texas wholesale electricity retailer Griddy Energy for allegedly charging exorbitant prices during last week’s historic storm that left millions powerless in the freezing cold. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of […]

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Climate change and record cold: What’s behind the arctic extremes in Texas

[CBS NEWS] For many, especially folks who live in the South, the arctic outbreak that has gripped the nation’s heartland for the past week is the kind of cold that only happens once in a century. Countless record cold temperatures were set. Conditions overwhelmed the Texas power grid, cutting off electricity to millions and bursting water pipes, creating a humanitarian […]

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As Texas deep freeze subsides, some households now face electricity bills as high as $10,000

[NBC NEWS, AP] “The last thing an awful lot of people need right now is a higher electric bill — and that’s unfortunately something a lot of people will get stuck with.” As the Texas power grid collapsed under a historic winter storm, Jose Del Rio of Haltom City, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, saw the electricity […]

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Texas mayor resigns after telling residents desperate for power and heat “only the strong will survive”

[CBS NEWS] A Texas mayor resigned after seemingly telling residents to fend for themselves in a Facebook post amid a deadly and record-breaking winter storm that left much of the state without power Tuesday.  As then-mayor of Colorado City, Tim Boyd wrote an insensitive message for people desperate for heat, water and power, saying “only the strong […]

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