As climate change worsens, areas that were once safe become unlivable. Repetitive flooding, wildfires and other hazards are prompting some Americans to move. Millions more are expected to follow suit in the coming decades — if they can get out.
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As Wildfires Grow, So Does California’s Housing and Homelessness Crisis. Here Are Some Solutions
Researchers and disaster-victim advocates say there isn’t enough government aid to help the most vulnerable wildfire survivors find stable housing. There’s also too little housing to accommodate California’s swelling population of wildfire refugees. Solutions, experts said, must tackle both of these problems. (From California Health Report)
Displaced WA Flood Survivors ‘In Limbo’ While Awaiting Federal Aid
People devastated by major disasters in America are often left waiting for help that may never come. A 2021 flood in Washington state illustrates the problem: “We were left alone!” survivor Maryann Snudden says. “We were left alone to fend for ourselves, and in places that we couldn’t even live in.” (From InvestigateWest)
WA’s Nooksack River Has Been Sounding The Alarm, And People Are Finally Listening
After two disasters linked to the Nooksack River last year, Whatcom County in Washington state has found new energy and purpose in planning to adapt in a changing climate that brings more and more uncertainty. (From InvestigateWest)
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