NEWS

24
Jun

New York Times: Democrats Will Debate in a City Under Siege by Climate Change

MIAMI — New water pumps and tidal valves worth millions of dollars are needed to keep the streets from flooding even on sunny days. Septic tanks compromised by rising groundwater leak unfiltered waste that threatens the water supply. Developers are often buying out residents of established communities, hoping to acquire buildable property on higher ground....
20
Jun

Climate Central: ‘Protectors of the Coast’ — What the Northward March of Mangroves Means for Fishing, Flooding and Carbon

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. — Walking along a wooden path winding through Nease Beachfront Park, Danny Lippi pointed to coastal trees sprouting from the shrubbery around him. The exotic species were brought here by warming temperatures — bringing business opportunities for the local arborist. “All of these are mangroves,” Lippi said, surrounded by the young perennial plants,...
20
Jun

The Daily Beast: U.S May Have to Spend Over $400 Billion on Seawalls by 2040 to Protect Itself From Rising Seas

Donald Trump may be slightly less enthusiastic about these walls. A new report has predicted that the U.S. will have to spend $416bn on seawalls in the next 20 years in order to protect itself from rising seas. The report comes from the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI.) Florida is likely to face the highest...
18
Jun

Slate: Hell Is High Water – When will the Mississippi River come for New Orleans?

ARABI, Louisiana—The water is breaking gently around the hull of the crew boat Miss Emerson, as if she were puttering across a muddy lake. Instead she is tied at the dock of Port Ship Service, straining at her bowline as a supercharged Mississippi River rushes beneath. On the bank of a levee just over the...
15
Jun

NOLA.com: The River’s Revenge: The Mississippi remains critical to our prosperity, but hostile to attempts to control it

LAKE ITASCA, Minn. — America’s greatest river begins here, in the still waters of a lake cradled in the dark woods of Minnesota. If left to its own devices, it would be a wild place, where a pristine lake turns into a free-running river. But even at its very first inch, where Lake Itasca’s edge...
14
Jun

WWNO: Sinking Louisiana: Modeling For Change

Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan is the state’s guide for restoring its disappearing coastline and defending cities from rising seas. It includes things like levees and rebuilding marshes. But how does the state decide where to build projects? How does it decide what kind of project to build? And how is climate change considered? Read more...
10
Jun

USA Today: Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in the Gulf of Mexico this summer

The annual Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – a region of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana and Texas coasts that’s harmful to sea life – will be the second-largest on record this summer, scientists announced Monday. This year’s zone should be about 8,717 square miles, an area roughly the size of New Hampshire, according to researchers...
06
Jun

Konk Life: Ready or not, embrace sea level rise

The issue of climate change and sea level rise has become a political hot potato, with some in Key West arguing the city is heading for a watery crisis and some believing just as passionately that it isn’t. But we are way past that debate, says Val Marmillion, Key West resident and executive director of...
06
Jun

Fox8Live: Federal government indicts 2 Tulane University scientists

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – Two Tulane professors face a seven count federal indictment for allegedly conspiring to steal trade secrets from the Water Institute of the Gulf. The indictment, announced Wednesday, said those secrets could have been vital in acquiring coastal restoration projects worth millions of dollars. Read more here…
05
Jun

Popular Science: Ghost forests are sprouting up along the Atlantic Coast

In the Arctic, rapidly melting ice is the surest sign of climate change. In less northern latitudes, it’s the increasingly early onset of spring or the rising frequency of severe weather. On Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast shores, though, the loudest example of the impacts of warming temperatures are the stands of dead trees known as...
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…
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...
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...
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...
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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