Daily Archives: August 28, 2017

Storm Harvey: ‘Catastrophic’ flooding expected to worsen – BBC News

“Catastrophic” flooding in the US state of Texas is only expected to worsen in coming days as waters rise following a storm of historic proportions.

A record 30in of rain (75cm) has already fallen on the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.

But forecasters say that number could nearly double later this week.

On Monday President Donald Trump also approved an emergency declaration for neighbouring Louisiana.

“They’re saying it’s the biggest. It’s a historic amount of water, there’s never been anything like it,” he told reporters.

He paid tribute to rescue teams and the “spirit” of people in Texas, saying he was dealing with Congress on funding as he prepared to visit the state on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a very expensive situation,” he said.

Harvey made landfall as a category-four hurricane late on Friday, bringing flooding described by officials as unprecedented. It was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

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A Dilemma for Undocumented in Texas: Wait Out Hurricane Harvey or Seek Help and Risk Deportation?

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 28, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Hurricane Harvey has threatened the safety of immigrants in Texas who are afraid to evacuate to shelters or approach authorities to seek help, in part because of a new law set to go into effect Friday that allows police in Texas to ask people they detain for their immigration status. Ahead of the storm, the U.S. Border Patrol said its roadside immigration checkpoints in the state would remain open. The agency later modified their statement, saying, “Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or food banks.” More than 50 immigrant women and children were left stranded by immigration authorities at a bus station in San Antonio on Friday after bus service was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey. We speak with Rocío Guenther, a reporter with the San Antonio nonprofit news outlet The Rivard Report. She broke the story about ICE in her report headlined, “Stranded Immigrants Find Shelter from Hurricane Harvey.” We also speak with Amy Fischer, policy director for RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit legal advocacy organization that helped with the rescue of the asylum seekers.

As Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston, Fears Grow of Pollution from Oil Refineries & Superfund Sites

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 28, 2017

https://democracynow.org – A catastrophic storm has hit Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city and home to the largest refining and petrochemical complex in the United States. The crisis began on Friday when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport, Texas. It was the most powerful hurricane to strike the state in more than 50 years. Much of the damage has been caused by the massive rainfall, with parts of Texas already receiving 30 inches of rain. That could top 50 inches in the coming days. Entire highways in Houston are now underwater. The storm has caused five reported deaths, but the death toll is expected to rise. Thousands of people are still stranded in their homes, waiting to be rescued. Meanwhile, the city of Dallas prepares to turn its convention center into a mega-shelter to host 5,000 evacuees. The National Weather Service released a statement on Sunday saying, “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced.” We speak with Bryan Parras, an organizer for the “Beyond Dirty Fuels” campaign with the Sierra Club in Houston, Texas. He helped found the environmental justice group t.e.j.a.s.

“This Is the New Normal”: How Climate Change Is Fueling Massive Storms like Harvey

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 28, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Hurricane Harvey has already dumped more than 9 trillion gallons of water on Texas—enough water to fill the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City twice. Meteorologists project another 5 to 10 trillion gallons of water could be dumped on the region in coming days, potentially making this the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history. We speak with David Helvarg, executive director of Blue Frontier, an ocean conservation organization, about how climate change is fueling massive storms like Hurricane Harvey.

Peter Carter EGU 2017 Climate Emergency

Peter Carter

Published on Jul 16, 2017

Peter Carter of the Climate Emergency Institute at the European Geoscience General Assembly April 2017

Emergency Climate Crisis is upon us


Published on Apr 28, 2017

Dr. Peter Carter and others are warning the planet and all of humanity is in peril due to the consequences of the industrial age. Host Jack Etkin blames the media for not informing the public just how grave the danger has become.
This is the complete interview. Edited versions were shown on ShawTV Victoria and Vancouver. See more of our shows on

Young Champions of the Earth: Siting Zhuang

UN Environment

Published on Aug 28, 2017

Meet Siting Zhuang, a Young Champions of the Earth Asia & the Pacific Regional Finalist.

Volunteers with boats join rescue op in flooded Houston

Young Champions of the Earth – Launch Video

UN Environment

Published on Apr 22, 2017

You want to change the world. We’re here to help. Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact.

Each year, six young people – one from each global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help bring their big environmental ideas to life.

Will you be one of our winners? To find out what we’re looking for and how to apply, visit: unep.org/youngchampions

Video narrated by Don Cheadle



Young Champions of the Earth – North America Regional Finalists

UN Environment

Published on Aug 16, 2017

Meet the Young Champions of the Earth Finalists for the North America Region! Learn about their ideas and vote for your favourite at http://www.unep.org/youngchampions/