NEWS

28
Oct

NYT: Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows

Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities.
27
Oct

NPR: In Texas, Home Sellers Must Now Disclose More About The Risk Of Flooding

When Arthur Mosely moved to East Austin in the 1980s he didn’t worry about flooding. His property was not in a designated floodplain, and he thought of the creek that ran behind the house as an amenity. It guaranteed privacy and a green space full of muscadine grapes and pecan trees. But over the years...
27
Oct

NOLA.com: Bob Marshall: There is still time to save Louisiana’s coast, but here’s why we need to act fast

Imagine this. After discovering your house is infested with termites, the contractor gives you two paths forward: Sell the thing for whatever you can get and begin looking for a new home in a new place.
26
Oct

Houma Courier: Coalition seeks more offshore revenue

Representatives from four states traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to urge lawmakers to increase their share of offshore oil and gas revenue. Local levee and parish officials traveled with the multi-state coalition, known as the GOMESA Revenue Sharing Coalition, to speak with members of the Louisiana delegation as well as a couple of lawmakers...
20
Oct

The Advocate: Stay or go? Help available for frequently flooded Louisianians but hurdles limit participation

WASHINGTON — When catastrophic floods swept the state in 2016, homeowners across southeast Louisiana were again faced with a decision whether to rebuild and stay in their chronically-flooded homes or pack up and head for dryer ground.
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...
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