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Natural disasters can inspire better local climate change policies—if they’re notably deadly or weird

2 Sep 2020

Unexpected weather that kills moves even Republican areas to prepare better for the next disaster.

In 2013, a massive tornado with winds of around 200 miles per hour hit Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people. Seven of those fatalities were children who were in an elementary school that was demolished by the storm. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, local legislators pushed for policies that would fund storm shelters in schools, citing the children’s deaths as the motivating factor. It’s an example, according to a new study, of how natural disasters have to be unusual or deadly in order to prompt local climate policies.

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