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As Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters recede, some North Carolina rivers could rise another foot, and the full moon isn’t helping

Hurricane Florence floodwaters may be receding, but it's causing rivers to rise in some areas of southeastern North Carolina. The Cape Fear River is expected to reach record levels on Monday — and may get even higher on Monday night, thanks to the full moon. Here's what you need to know.
Fields and farmed were covered by water.

Before-and-after satellite photos show the staggering amount of water Hurricane Florence dumped on North Carolina

Hurricane Florence churned into North Carolina on September 14, bringing storm surge, flooding, and intense rainfall. Here's what the hardest hit areas looked like before and after the storm.
Straw bans alone won't solve anything. But maybe they're a start.

The real reason why so many cities and businesses are banning plastic straws has nothing to do with straws at all

Starbucks has vowed to get its iconic green sippers completely off store shelves by 2020, while Seattle banned all plastic utensils, including straws, from bars and businesses city-wide earlier this month. The truth is that straws are just the tip of the plastic waste trash heap.
Plastic straws are becoming taboo. But they're only a tiny fraction of the plastic floating in our oceans.

California just became the first US state to ban plastic straws in restaurants — unless customers ask

California restaurant goers, your days of sipping from a straw are numbered. On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1884, a rule that "prohibits dine-in restaurants from automatically providing plastic straws" to customers.
Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries.

Scientists think a giant artificial wall propped up under Antarctica’s ice sheets could stop catastrophic sea-level rise

If the sheets of ice sitting atop Antarctica and Greenland were to collapse, the rates of sea-level rise could skyrocket, destroying trillions of dollars' worth of property and infrastructure. To prevent or slow these floods from washing over cities, we may want to build huge walls under the sheets.
Volunteers help rescue residents from their flooded homes in New Bern, North Carolina during Hurricane Florence.

This couple spends their free time rescuing people in the aftermath of hurricanes — here’s what it’s been like for them in North Car...

When disasters like Hurricane Florence strike, Nancy Shipley and Ian Beaumont race to the scene to help where they can. When they're not rescuing people from flooded homes, the couples runs an adventure travel company.
Obrad Gavrilovic peers out the window of his flooded home while considering whether to leave with his wife and pets, as waters rise in Bolivia, North Carolina, September 15, 2018.

Scientists calculated the impact humans had on Hurricane Florence’s record-breaking rainfall forecasts — here’s how we’ve made...

As waters from Hurricane Florence continue inundating the East Coast, climate scientists have already predicted just how much rainier the storm is because of climate change.
Boyan Slat talks to reporters before the Ocean Cleanup launches their first array.

What the creators of the giant plastic-cleaning system headed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch say to critics who doubt them

The Ocean Cleanup's goal has been to design a system that could pull floating plastic out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It's an ambitious goal, and one that'll be hard to achieve. As the Cleanup has become more prominent in recent years, serious criticisms of the project have also emerged.

How hurricanes like Florence form

Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm, is tearing through the Carolinas with record-setting rainfall and 50 mph wind. Hurricanes use warm ocean water as fuel.

I’ve been through the eye of a Category 4 hurricane — here are 7 things you should do to protect your money before and after

Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, may be the most powerful storm to land north of Florida in history. Here's what you should know when it comes to protecting your money during and after a hurricane.