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A $26 Billion Plan to Save the Houston Area From Rising Seas

This story originally appeared on Undark and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When Hurricane Ike made landfall in 2008, Bill Merrell took shelter on the second floor of a historic brick building in downtown Galveston, Texas, along with his wife, their daughter, their grandson, and two Chihuahuas. Sustained winds of 110 mph lashed …

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How to Practice Emergency Preparedness as Self-Care

Preparedness is personal, and it exists on a broad spectrum. For some people, it’s tied to a season—hurricane season in the South or wildfire season in the West. In some communities, you have folks boarding up the windows days before a storm makes landfall while others ignore evacuation warnings, figuring they can just settle into …

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Baltimore May Soon Ban Facial Recognition for Everyone but Cops

After years of failed attempts to curb surveillance technologies, Baltimore is close to enacting one of the nation’s most stringent bans on facial recognition. But Baltimore’s proposed ban would be very different from laws in San Francisco or Portland, Oregon: It would last for only one year, police would be exempt, and certain private uses …

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