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04
Jun

New York Times: Companies See Climate Change Hitting Their Bottom Lines in the Next 5 Years

WASHINGTON — Many of the world’s biggest companies, from Silicon Valley tech firms to large European banks, are bracing for the prospect that climate change could substantially affect their bottom lines within the next five years, according to a new analysis of corporate disclosures.\ Read more here…
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31
May

Pew Trusts: Four Types of Coastal Habitats and Why They Matter

Mangroves, seagrass, salt marshes, and coral reefs sustain ocean life and help mitigate climate change Coastal habitats—areas both along and close to marine shorelines—are vital ecosystems. They help mitigate the impacts of climate change, for example by storing carbon and buffering the effects of floods and storms, and provide a range of other services, including...
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31
May

The Advocate: Pictures show swollen Mississippi River near LSU, Trump declares emergency in Louisiana

The Baton Rouge Police Department shared bird’s-eye view images Thursday night (May 30) showing the swollen Mississippi River encroaching on the levee near LSU’s campus. The agency posted the photos the same day President Donald Trump declared an emergency in Louisiana allowing for federal assistance for those impacted by river flooding in certain parishes. Read...
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30
May

WaPo: Opinion – Sea-level rise could be even worse than we’ve been led to expect

ONE THING scientists are sure will happen as the world warms is that the seas will rise, putting millions of people at risk of land erosion, flooding and permanent displacement. But ask experts exactly how far oceans will advance, and their answer gets far more qualified. A study published May 20 in the Proceedings of...
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22
May

WSJ: A View From the Top – Building a home on stilts is an ancient architectural practice. Rising seas are making it useful again

As climate change makes coastal flooding a rising threat, stilt homes are an increasingly popular weapon against storm surges and routine flooding. Studies on climate change’s impact on cities dating back a decade have called for incorporating stilt homes into housing plans. In Miami, a city that is being forced to radically rethink housing amid...
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21
May

Inside Climate News: Coasts Should Plan for 6.5 Feet Sea Level Rise by 2100 as Precaution, Experts Say

“Coastal decisions by and large require long lead times, and it would be nice if we could wait for the science to clear up, but we can’t,” one scientist said. As coastal communities prepare for the impacts of climate change, a new report warns that ice loss from Antarctica and Greenland could cause far more...
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10
May

Wunderground: America’s Achilles’ Heel: the Mississippi River’s Old River Control Structure

America has an Achilles’ heel. It lies on a quiet, unpopulated stretch of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, 45 miles upstream from Baton Rouge. Rising up from the flat, wooded west flood plain of the Mississippi River are four massive concrete and steel structures that would make a pharaoh envious: the U.S. Army Corps of...
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06
May

New York Times: Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

WASHINGTON — Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded. The 1,500-page report, compiled...
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01
May

KPLC: Louisiana receives over $94 million for coastal restoration

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – More than $94 million are now being used to fight coastal erosion. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act or GOMESA was created in order to address the long standing problem. The money was dispersed across the state’s coastal parishes. 7News went to Cameron Parish to meet Assistant Administrator Darrell...
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29
Apr

NPR: Indonesia Plans To Move Its Capital Out Of Jakarta, A City That’s Sinking

Indonesia has announced plans to build a new capital city as its current capital, Jakarta, struggles with pollution, traffic gridlock — and the fact that the city is sinking. After a Cabinet meeting on Monday, planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said President Joko Widodo has decided to move the capital out of Indonesia’s main island, Java....
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