NEWS

17
Oct

NYT: Bank Regulators Present a Dire Warning of Financial Risks From Climate Change

Home values could fall significantly. Banks could stop lending to flood-prone communities. Towns could lose the tax money they need to build sea walls and other protections.
12
Oct

NYT: ‘Our River Was Like a God’: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil the Mekong

ON THE MEKONG RIVER — When the Chinese came to the village of Lat Thahae, perched on a muddy bend of a Mekong River tributary, they scrawled a Chinese character on the walls of homes, schools and Buddhist temples. No one in this isolated hamlet in northern Laos could read what it said. But the...
09
Oct

Pew Trust: Climate Readiness Plan: Just (Let the Rivers) Go With the Flow

MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. — Standing amid cottonwood trees and a thicket of other vegetation, Jon Hansen looks out over a sunlight-dappled ribbon of crystal water running over a rocky bed. He’s standing on a site that until recently was filled with houses and mobile homes — properties that flooded six times in 20 years when...
05
Oct

WBRZ: USDA buys flood-prone Louisiana homes for wetlands project

GONZALES, La. (AP) – The federal government has bought out an entire flood-prone neighborhood in Louisiana, prompting all its residents to move to higher ground. News outlets report the agency U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program financed the buyouts on along Silverleaf Street in Gonzales, which was carved out of a wetland in...
05
Oct

NOLA City Business: 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,...
02
Oct

The Vermillion: The fight for our ecosystem cannot ignore indigenous tribes and traditions

Since the global climate strike earlier this month and the impassioned speech by Greta Thunberg at the 2019 UN climate action summit sparking nationwide conversations, the fate of our planet is on everyone’s mind; and if it isn’t, it ought to be. We’re currently in the middle of a massive global extinction. In the midst...
01
Oct

Pew Trusts: Climate Change Could Make Borrowing Costlier for States and Cities

Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, drought or wildfire that it is an investment risk. To be sure, no community has yet seen its credit rating downgraded because of climate forecasting. And no one has heard...
25
Sep

NOLA.com: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more, climate report find

NEW YORK — Due to climate change, the world’s oceans are getting warmer, rising higher, losing oxygen and becoming more acidic at an ever-faster pace and melting even more ice and snow, a grim international science assessment concludes. But that’s nothing compared to what Wednesday’s special United Nations-affiliated oceans and ice report says is coming...
25
Sep

NOLA.com: Louisiana representatives ask for more offshore oil royalties for coastal restoration

The four Gulf Coast states that produce oil offshore want a bigger cut of the royalties the federal government gets from drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf to be put toward hurricane protection and coastal restoration. Representatives from the four states — Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas — formed a coalition in August to take...
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...
20
Sep

Bloomberg: America’s Great Climate Exodus Is Starting in the Florida Keys

Mass migration begins as coastal homes are bulldozed in the state facing the biggest threat from climate-driven inundation. Lori Rittel is stuck in her Florida Keys home, living in the wreckage left by Hurricane Irma two years ago, unable to rebuild or repair. Now her best hope for escape is to sell the little white...
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...
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…
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....
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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