A city in Spain will begin naming heatwaves

As deadly heatwaves become a worsening threat to populations around the world, one city in Spain is taking action to recognize them as the natural disasters they are—by naming them. Juan Espadas, mayor of Seville, Spain, announced on Oct. 18 that his city will become the first in the world to give heatwaves official names […]

Which US state legislators have the best records on climate-change policy?

Even as US presidents have set the tone for the US’s action on climate change policy, much of the action happens in the states. What are these politicians doing to help—or hinder—climate policy? The average American isn’t paying much attention. Fewer than 20% of US citizens can name their state legislators, while one-third don’t know […]

Europe’s most famous mayor is running for president

Paris’s first female mayor has set her sights on France’s top job. On Sept. 12, Anne Hidalgo announced her intention to run for president and is now the favored candidate for the Socialist Party. Hidalgo has made a name for herself as Paris’s top politician. She has worked to create more affordable housing and led […]

What part of the US is safest from climate change?

The storms, floods, heat, and fires that have ravaged the US in 2021 have made the ongoing climate crisis feel especially acute for citizens across the country.  And the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report indicates the escalating risks the world faces as the climate warms. In such a grim future scenario, where will […]

Here are the cities most prepared for climate change

Numerous cities around the world have developed plans to face the ongoing problem of climate change, but not all are created equal. When it comes to climate security, Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, has the best plan of action. That’s according to The Economist Intelligence Unit, who recently published its 2021 Safe Cities Index. […]

The federal infrastructure bill is a big win for US cities

The US Senate has decided to advance debate on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill Democrats in Congress have been pushing for months. The bipartisan compromise bill, while much smaller than the $3 trillion legislation package president Joe Biden originally proposed in March, is the largest investment in US roads, waterways, and electric utilities in a […]

The Surfside building collapse and what we know about the climate risks Miami faces

Experts are still investigating the causes of the of the Champlain Tower South condo collapse in Surfside, Florida last Thursday, a tragedy that has left at least 11 dead and more than 150 people unaccounted for. Initial information about the building has included reports of structural issues, as well as environmental challenges posed by the […]