Facing Our New Climate Reality

As increasingly extreme weather threatens their quality of life, communities across the nation are rallying around resilient and sustainable practices.
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Last summer, scorching heat melted streetcar cables in Portland, Oregon, and smoke from simultaneous Western wildfires drifted across the continent, triggering "code red" air-quality alerts in Philadelphia. Hurricane Ida formed in the Caribbean, struck southern Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and proceeded northeast and up the coast, causing tornadoes in eight states and flash flooding that killed at least 30 people in New Jersey alone.

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