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20
Sep

Miami Herald: Miami Beach is waging war on sea rise. One idea: Turn a golf course into wetlands

Miami Beach has been ahead of the curve in sea level rise adaptation for years. The city is spending half a billion dollars to pump and pipe rising seas off the island city, a move that has earned it international acclaim (and some local complaints). But a recent proposal by a city-paid consultant offered a...
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16
Sep

Daily Beast: The Climate Crisis Is Poised to Make Huge Swaths of America Totally Uninsurable

As climate change spurs increasingly destructive wildfires in California, insurance companies have begun to deem certain parts of the state too risky to cover. But this particular offshoot of the climate crisis isn’t just a problem for residents of the Golden State. Climate experts warn that areas across the country are becoming more prone to...
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12
Sep

NYT: The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster

This year’s flooding across the Midwest and South effected nearly 14 million people, yet the full scale of the slowly unfolding disaster has been difficult to fathom. See the interactive story here…
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10
Sep

Inside Climate News: Benefits of Investing in Climate Adaptation Far Outweigh Costs, Commission Says

Report calls for massive boost in investment to avoid ‘climate apartheid,’ in which wealthy people can pay to protect themselves, but the rest of the world suffers. Images of devastating storm damage and droughts around the world this year have been drawing attention to the risks of global warming, particularly to the world’s poorest people....
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10
Sep

Benefits of investing in climate adaptation far outweigh costs | Global Commission

Drastic increase in investment could create benefits that outweigh the costs nearly 4 to 1, new report states. mages of devastating storm damage and droughts around the world this year have been drawing attention to the risks of global warming, particularly to the world’s poorest people. Cutting emissions is critical to minimizing those risks, but...
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09
Sep

KPVI: Louisiana official: State adapting to ‘new normal’ of climate change

Louisiana’s top official for coastal issues says state and local officials must learn to live with the “new normal” of climate change. Chip Kline, chairman of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, acknowledged that not everyone agrees human activities are causing the climate to change. But regardless of the causes, the effects are undeniable,...
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03
Sep

Keys Weekly: What FEMA flood maps mean for residents, real estate

The much-anticipated day has finally arrived: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its draft floodplain maps, which will affect how insurance rates are calculated in the Keys. Municipalities have posted online draft maps where citizens can search by address. Key West’s is found on the city website, by going to the Building Department,...
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29
Aug

Houma Courier: Study: Without river sediment, Gulf of Mexico has moved 10 miles closer to Houma

Since 1932, the Gulf of Mexico has moved at least 10 miles closer to Houma as the sediment in the Terrebonne Basin has not been replaced. In that same time frame, Morgan City, situated about 35 miles to the west of Houma, has yet to see any encroachment by the Gulf. A recent study examined...
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28
Aug

Baton Rouge Biz Report: The Water Institute of the Gulf has an identity crisis

The close-knit community of coastal scientists was stunned earlier this summer when the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District announced he had indicted renowned coastal hydrologist Ehab Meselhe, along with a junior associate, for allegedly stealing intellectual property—coastal modeling software—from The Water Institute of the Gulf. To many, the charges didn’t make sense. For one...
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22
Aug

Insurance Journal: Retreat as an Answer to Climate Change?

Think retreat is never an option? Think again. “Faced with global warming, rising sea levels, and the climate-related extremes they intensify, the question is no longer whether some communities will retreat—moving people and assets out of harm’s way—but why, where, when, and how they will retreat. Read more here…
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