Learn about the changing US environment with reports on climate, fire risks, floods, and other natural disasters. See how these topics intersect with policies on natural resources and environmental protections.
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The average age of a dam in the United States is 61 years, leaving them susceptible to structural failure risks.
Thirty-three million vehicles across the US rely on alternative fuels — which includes more than just electricity.
Nearly 40 US workers die annually due to environmental heat exposure. Thousands more are injured.
As heat waves become more frequent and intense, government data shows increases in heat-related deaths.
Since 2018, the US has been the largest producer of crude oil in the world.
Tampa, Florida has had the biggest increase in heat wave frequency. Philadelphia has experienced the greatest increase in heat wave intensity.
The White House has invested in an ambitious plan of deploying nuclear fusion on the electrical grid in the 2030s. While the science is still developing, fusion has the potential to dramatically alter the clean energy landscape.
While honey bee colonies have recovered in recent years, data on wild bee populations makes it unclear how fast these essential pollinators are dying off.
In 2022, tornadoes killed 25 people in the US.
Mississippi has the most tornadoes in the country.