Entries by Laura Gersony

HotSpots H2O: Unusually Powerful ‘Atmospheric River’ Pummels British Columbia and Pacific Northwest

This summer’s heat wave and wildfires weakened the landscape’s ability to absorb rainfall, further contributing to the destruction.

HotSpots H2O: In Afghanistan, Political Upheaval Aggravates Drought-Fueled Famine

Drought, a financial crisis, and political collapse are accelerating the country’s decline into all-out famine.

HotSpots H2O: World Spending on Climate Adaptation Must Increase Five- or Tenfold

While climate adaptation planning is more widespread than ever, the U.N. says the gap between current spending and needed funding is enormous, and widening.

Climate Change Grips Trout Streams Across the Nation:

Across the country, anglers have watched as droughts, floods, and high temperatures batter the rivers they depend on.

HotSpots H2O: The Philippines’ Largest Wetland Faces Prospect of Drilling

The newly autonomous Bangsamoro government has invited investors to pursue drilling projects in a marsh critical for both Indigenous peoples and wildlife.

HotSpots H2O: Flooding Is Latest Strain on South Sudan

Torrential rainfall is battering one of the world’s poorest countries, laying bare its weak infrastructure.

HotSpots H2O: As Famine Looms in East Africa, Humanitarian Groups Call for Urgent Action

Drought has left millions in the region facing food insecurity—and conditions are expected to get worse.

HotSpots H2O: New Report Urges Policymakers to ‘Wake Up to the Looming Water Crisis’

Current rates of progress on water, sanitation, and hygiene would need to quadruple to meet UN targets.

HotSpots H2O: Years-Long Drought Pushes Brazil to the Brink

The country’s worst drought in nearly a century is choking commerce, threatening ecosystems, and diminishing hydroelectric power generation.

The Town that Flood-Proofed Itself

Ottawa, Illinois learned how to keep its residents out of harms way. But on the river’s edge, safety has often required sacrifice.

Amid Extreme Heat and Drought, Line 3 Pipeline Construction Puts Water At Risk

State agencies insist — though scientists and indigenous leaders furiously disagree — that waterways won’t be affected.

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Water Cycle, New IPCC Report Finds

The climate crisis will jeopardize key sources of fresh water and make extreme weather events more severe. But experts say there’s still time to prevent the worst outcomes.