The number of billion-dollar weather disasters in the U.S. has more than doubled in recent years, mostly due to hurricanes and wildfires that experts suspect are fueled in part by climate change.

Health Risks due to Climate Change

Tropical diseases like dengue fever have been making their way into the US in areas that it previously never occurred. One of the biggest health risks is heat stress, which can lead to kidney and cardiovascular disease. In 2017 157 million more people were exposed to extreme heat than in 2000. More info:

Public lands drilling produces 25% of US emissions.

Drilling inside our national forests and other public lands contributes nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to a first-of-its-kind U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report.

Alaska's coastline is eroding at a faster pace

A new satellite-based study of the retreating permafrost coastline at Drew Point in Alaska shows that from 1955 to 1979, the rate of loss was only about 23 feet per year. From 2007 through 2016, it was about 56 feet per year.  

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Washington State Ballot Initiative

This upcoming midterm election Washington state is voting on a ballot initiative which would charge a fee on carbon. This fee would begin at $15 dollars per ton starting in 2020 and would rise $2 per year until 2035. Washington is the 5th largest refining state in the country and opposition is strong from oil companies. The opposition campaign is led by BP, Phillips 66, and Andeavor raising a total of over $20 million. The current proposal doesn’t detail how the money raised from the fee on carbon would be spent. For more on this story: