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High temperatures engulf the nation showing the growing dangers of climate change 

More than 60 million people are under ‘heat alert’ with cities in the Northeast seeing their warmest temperatures in a decade. Dallas has now topped triple digits 40 times this year; double the annual average. With the ever-changing climate, more communities are being displaced like those of the Chocktaw Nation who received $50 million in a federal grant to help more to higher ground.
High temperatures engulf the nation showing the growing dangers of climate change 
High temperatures engulf the nation showing the growing dangers of climate change 

Fearing looters, Kentucky flood victims refuse to leave wrecked homes

“A lot of people are going primitive,” a survivor said. “They’re just sitting on their porch, hoping somebody’s coming to save them.”
Image: Delbert White wipes sweat from his face in front of his home in Caney, Ky., on Aug. 3, 2022.
Image: Delbert White wipes sweat from his face in front of his home in Caney, Ky., on Aug. 3, 2022.

Kentucky flood survivors say there were warnings but no time to escape the nighttime deluge

"We did not anticipate massive amounts of rainwater, nor were we prepared as a community," the coroner said.
Image: Kentucky flooding aftermath
Image: Kentucky flooding aftermath

McKinney wildfire blazing through California and towards Oregon

California is in a state of emergency as the McKinney Fire rips through the Klamath National Forest and expanded rapidly over the weekend. It is now the largest wildfire in California in 2022 and is raging towards the Oregon border. Firefighters are struggling to save anything they can as homes and trees are being destroyed. The fire spans more than 85 square miles and has already claimed two lives.
McKinney wildfire blazing through California and towards Oregon
McKinney wildfire blazing through California and towards Oregon

Death toll rises to at least 37 in Kentucky flash flood catastrophe

Kentucky is recovering following a historic flash flood catastrophe. Rescuers are still uncovering the layers of death and misery as they continue to search the area. The death toll is now at 37 and is expected to increase, according to officials. Many in the area still have no power or drinkable water. Since last week, eastern Kentucky has received five to ten inches of rain and tonight more heavy rain is in the forecast.
Death toll rises to at least 37 in Kentucky flash flood catastrophe
Death toll rises to at least 37 in Kentucky flash flood catastrophe

Record temperatures are sending UPS drivers to the hospital. Now they're demanding heat protections.

Union representatives around the country say they’re worried about the number of UPS workers who have needed medical treatment for heat illness this summer.
A UPS driver
A UPS driver

Floods, heat and fire: How climate change is unfolding in real time

A week of extreme weather events – including wildfires, a heatwave and deadly floods – is spurring discussions of climate change's impact on natural disasters. One expert says that the magnitude of these extreme events goes beyond what we anticipated. The Earth has warmed almost two degrees since 1880, with most of the warming happening since 1975.
Floods, heat and fire: How climate change is unfolding in real time
Floods, heat and fire: How climate change is unfolding in real time

Climate change made U.K. heat wave hotter and more likely, study finds

“This new era of heat is particularly dangerous because most homes are not equipped for it there,” said University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd.
A man pours water over himself on Westminster Bridge
A man pours water over himself on Westminster Bridge

Deadly flooding causing devastation in Kentucky

A storm that soaked St. Louis this week is now causing flash flooding and mudslides in much of Kentucky. The area is now filled with total devastation and the death toll is expected to hit double digits. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is declaring a state of emergency. Recovery efforts have been complicated by the storm’s strength. Over 25,000 people lost power and cell coverage was wiped throughout the region.
Deadly flooding causing devastation in Kentucky
Deadly flooding causing devastation in Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear: at least 8 dead in flooding disaster

As Kentucky experiences devastating flooding, Governor Andy Beshear tells NBC News’ Lester Holt that at least eight people have died and that they are expecting the death toll to rise to double digits. The governor went on to say that “hundreds of Kentucky families are going to lose everything.”
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear: at least 8 dead in flooding disaster
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear: at least 8 dead in flooding disaster

Schumer-Manchin reconciliation bill has $369 billion to fight climate change — here are the details

The legislation, called the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022,” provides $369 billion for climate and clean energy provisions, the most aggresive climate investment ever taken by Congress.
Sen. Joe Manchin
Sen. Joe Manchin

Ecocide: The fifth crime

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A global movement is rising to advocate for "ecocide" as a new crime before the International Criminal Court. The goal is draw a “moral line” for the planet, NBC News and Inside Climate News report.