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US seeing surge of climate-related power outages, report says

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🗞️ Driving the news: The U.S. is experiencing a significant increase in climate-related power outages, driven by extreme weather events like high winds, rains, and cyclones
• Over the last decade, severe storm outages have surged by 74% compared to the previous ten years

🔭 The context: Climate Central's report highlights that 80% of power interruptions over the last 20 years were due to extreme weather conditions, underscoring an escalating challenge to the nation's aging electrical grid

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The frequent and severe power outages underscore the urgent need for infrastructure resilience and adaptation to changing climate conditions 
• This is particularly crucial for vulnerable populations and areas with outdated power systems

⏭️ What's next: Efforts to mitigate these disruptions include the adoption of microgrids and increased utilization of renewable energy sources 
• Such measures aim to provide more reliable and sustainable energy solutions during extreme weather events

💬 One quote: "The conditions that our infrastructure was built to handle are much different [now] than what they were," (Jen Brady, Senior Data Analyst at Climate Central)

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