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Houston fears climate change will cause catastrophic flooding: 'It's not if, it's when'

Houston floodsSam Brody is not a real estate agent, but when his friends want to move home they get in touch to ask for advice. He is a flood impact expert in Houston – and he has plenty of work to keep him busy.

The Texas metropolis has more casualties and property loss from floods than any other locality in the US, according to data stretching back to 1960 that Brody researched with colleagues. And, he said: “Where the built environment is a main force exacerbating the impacts of urban flooding, Houston is number one and it’s not even close.”

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Energy Department Closes Office Working on Climate Change Abroad

Int'l Office on Climate Change closed by trumpThe Energy Department is closing an office that works with other countries to develop clean energy technology, another sign of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate-related activities after its withdrawal from the Paris agreement this month.

The 11 staff members of the Office of International Climate and Technology were told this month that their positions were being eliminated, according to current and former agency employees. The office was formed in 2010 to help the United States provide technical advice to other nations seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Health chief, 4 others charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint water probe

Nick Lyon charged in FlintThe head of Michigan's health department and four other people were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires' disease.

Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking member of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of how Flint's water system became poisoned after officials tapped the Flint River in 2014. Lyon, 48, the director of the Health and Human Services Department, is accused of failing to alert the majority-black population about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, which has been linked by some experts to poor water quality in 2014-15.

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Fish dying and people ailing as California's largest lake shrinks

Salton SeaCalifornia’s largest lake is drying up.

The Salton Sea has been shrinking for years, and fish and birds have been dying. The dry lakebed already spews toxic dust into the air, threatening a region with hundreds of thousands of people. And the crisis is about to get much worse.

The water flowing into the Salton Sea will be cut dramatically at the end of this year, causing the lake to shrink faster than ever and sending more dust blowing through low-income, largely Latino farming communities.

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Heat wave incoming: Record highs forecast from Midwest to Northeast

Heat wave to hit USEverybody into the pool!

The first widespread heat wave of the season is forecast to bake much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation over the next several days.

Record high temperatures and increasing levels of humidity are expected from the Midwest to the Northeast into next week, with highs soaring into the 90s all the way from the Plains to New England, weather.com said.

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In Trump rebuke, Bloomberg pledges $15 million for Paris climate agreement

Mike Bloomberg gives 15M for climate pactPhilanthropist Michael Bloomberg and others will dig into their own pockets to make sure the Paris climate agreement is met, no matter what happens in Washington.

The billionaire and other "partners" pledged up to $15 million to the United Nations, the same amount the U.N. stands to lose from the United States' early withdrawal from the climate pact. The money will assist the nearly 200 other countries to keep their commitments to reduce greenhouse gases and slow global warming.

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World reacts to Trump's Paris climate accord withdrawal

Shame on US Paris Accord decisionPresident Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate change agreement has drawn strong criticism both at home and abroad, with world and local leaders pledging their support for the accord regardless of Washington's withdrawal.

Trump announced on Thursday that he would abandon the agreement, saying it was his solemn duty to protect "America and its citizens". He said the US would "withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to re-enter the Paris accord or a new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States".

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