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10
Dec

Courthouse News: Officials Want $100M for Reef Restoration in Florida Keys

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials have announced plans to raise $100 million to fund projects to restore seven significant coral reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. “Mission: Iconic Reefs” calls for restoring nearly 70 acres (28 hectares) of the Florida Reef Tract, one of the largest strategies ever proposed for...
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10
Dec

WaPo: Americans broadly accept climate science, but many are fuzzy on the details

Americans remain shaky on the details of climate science even as they have grown increasingly concerned about human activity warming the Earth, according to a national poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) that probed the public’s understanding of climate change. The rising alarm is one of the poll’s most dramatic...
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04
Dec

NYT: Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can’t Be Saved

KEY WEST, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Keys announced what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared, but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, not everyone can be saved. And in some places, it doesn’t even make sense to try.
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28
Nov

NOLA.com: Climate-heated oceans will increase rainfall from hurricanes and tropical storms, study says

Thanks to human-caused global warming, tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico and the rest of the world’s oceans are likely to deliver significantly more rainfall by the end of the century, which could result in repeats of Hurricane Harvey‘s record flooding of Houston in 2017, according to a new study.
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27
Nov

Entergy Lends Expertise to Ongoing Resiliency and Adaptability Planning for Coastal Communities

The America’s WETLAND Foundation, along with Entergy, kicked off its Sea Safe Community Certification initiative in Cameron, Louisiana, citing the community as a model for adaptation to the new normal of coast erosion/sea level rise and an anchor community for program consideration on the Gulf Coast along with the Florida Keys. In a roundtable discussion...
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26
Nov

Tampa Bay Times: Florida Keys faces huge bill to survive sea rise. Will state help?

Monroe County is asking for $150 million to raise roads, elevate homes and even move critical buildings to higher ground. The initial bill for surviving sea rise in the coming decades has come due for the Florida Keys — and it’s far more than Monroe County can afford itself to keep the island chain dry....
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24
Nov

NOLA.com: Climate activists claim early successes in flood management in New Orleans neighborhoods

When it rained on the 1800 block of Duels Street in New Orleans’ 7th Ward, flooding almost always followed. “It would take 10 minutes of rain, and you would see it flood,” said resident Byron Carter, who was working on a car outside his home next to a front lawn that he said is visibly...
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22
Nov

Fox8: Wetland growth near mouth of Atchafalaya gives hope of restoring Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta

MORGAN CITY, La. (WAFB) – Just south of Morgan City, La. at the mouth of the Atchafalaya River, something is happening that gives scientists hope they can halt the Mississippi River Delta’s demise. By some estimates, Louisiana loses a football field worth of land to the Gulf of Mexico every 100 minutes. https://www.fox8live.com/2019/11/23/wetland-growth-near-mouth-atchafalaya-gives-hope-restoring-louisianas-mississippi-delta/
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21
Nov

Yale Environment 360: Waterfront Retreat: A Bay Community Faces Rising Seas and Buyouts

Beset by sea level rise and increasing storm damage, most residents of the Delaware Bay community of Money Island have opted to take buyouts from the state and abandon their homes. An e360 video shows that for those who remain, the decision to stay or leave can be agonizing. When Meghan Wren came to look...
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19
Nov

NYT: As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers

VIRGINIA BEACH. — Glimpsed from a kayak on West Neck Creek, this swampy piece of land, a pocket of red maple and loblolly pine tucked behind growing subdivisions, doesn’t look like the stuff of existential debate. But this is where Virginia Beach, squeezed between the clamor for new housing and the relentlessness of flooding worsened...
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