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Science

MA - Humpback whale expert reacts to news of whale/diver collision

A commercial lobster diver cheated death after nearly being swallowed by a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Friday morning.

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Energy

NY - BOEM to offer New York Bight wind leases; scallop fishermen urge delay

The U.S. plans to auction eight lease areas for offshore wind power in the shallow stretch of the Atlantic between New York’s Long Island and New Jersey.

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Fisheries

ME - Conservationists and fishermen find flaws in NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) right whale approach

A framework released by the National Marine Fisheries Service last month that calls for reducing risks to the endangered North Atlantic right whale in federal fisheries has been criticized both by conservationists and lobstermen, though for different reasons.

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Property

CT - Our Love of Living Near Water Persists Despite the Dangers

Research has shown the enriching benefits of living near coasts, lakes and rivers even as climate change challenges that romance.

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Engineering

NY - After years of delay, state says construction will start this year on $107 million South Shore coastal project

A project intended to protect the South Shore’s coastal communities is finally set to get underway in the fall after years of delays.

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Property

CT - Public Peetings Scheduled for Greenwich's Coastal Resiliency Assessment Plan

The Conservation Commission will be presenting its 18-month long study regarding sea level rise and its effects on Greenwich. The three-part study is nearly complete, and the commission is inviting town residents to hear what the results are over the course of two presentations on June 9 and June 16 at 7:00pm.

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Property

MA - Nantucket voters shoot down short-term vacation rental restrictions, diversion of Land Bank funds

Nantucket voters on Saturday overwhelmingly rejected proposed restrictions on short-term vacation rentals, and a move to earmark a quarter of the Land Bank's annual revenue for affordable-housing initiatives.

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Energy

ME - Lobstermen Protest Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Maine

I’m from Maine, and I return every time I can. I’m not from the coast, but my cousins are, and boiled lobster is the standard at any summer gathering. I remember my lobsterman cousin pulling up in his pickup with two big Styrofoam coolers packed full of bugs.

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Engineering

NJ - Officials Briefed on Newest Coastal Risk Study

In 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) posted in the Federal Register the purpose of its New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study (CSRM).

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Federal

DC - Biden Proposes $6.8 Billion For Corps Civil Works Program

The Biden administration has proposed a 12.9 percent funding cut for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works program, prompting pushback from an influential Democratic ally.

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Property

NY - As storms become more frequent and volatile, some ports plan for the risk — but most do not

The interconnectedness of ports leave assets such as warehouses, trucking networks and railroads vulnerable to disruptions from climate change and rising sea levels.

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Engineering

NJ - Ortley Beach Battered by Storm, Officials Pledge to Rebuild Beach Again

Ortley Beach, just one week after undergoing a maintenance project to return sand to the oceanfront and repair beach entrances, had its beachfront battered by a storm over the course of Memorial Day Weekend.

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Energy

RI coastal regulators back South Fork Wind Farm, over objections from fishermen

State coastal regulators approved a vital certification for the South Fork Wind Farm on Wednesday, a decision that pushes the second major offshore wind project proposed in the United States one step closer to reality.

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Property

MA - As seas rise, Boston Harbor islands listed among country's most endangered historic sites

Battered by rising seas and scarred by erosion, the Boston Harbor islands have been named one of the country’s 11 most endangered historic sites by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a stark warning about the threat that climate change poses to important landmarks from the past.

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Property

NY - New Zoning Rules Adopted to Protect Coastal Areas from Climate Change

The citywide zoning changes will help to keep New York City coastal residents and businesses more prepared for climate change.

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Justice

MD - Historic Black town in Maryland seeks justice for stormwater discharge

A Maryland power plant has been releasing stormwater for years into a small Patuxent River town founded in the late 1920s as a vacation resort for Black professionals.

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Advocacy

DE - Red knot numbers plummet, pushing shorebird closer to extinction

Migration through Delaware Bay this year was the lowest since records began in 1982

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Energy

RI - US's First Big Offshore Wind Farm Is a Breakthrough for the Industry

The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like in Europe have run into long delays — but that may be about to change.

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Engineering

MA - A Boston Harbor coastal resiliency system? ‘Layered defense’

The New Bedford model of coastal resiliency works. Boston should follow suit.

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Energy

NY - South Fork Wind Farm project to reduce turbines from 15 to 12

Developers of a planned offshore wind farm to power the South Fork have agreed to reduce the number of turbines for the LIPA-contracted project to 12 from 15, but Rhode Island fishermen offered a $12 million compensation package say the turbine reduction won't help and the package is inadequate.

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Local

MD - Joanne Throwe: Creating a resilience authority for Annapolis and Anne Arundel is a bold way to deal with climate change impact

Combatting the effects of climate change in a cost-effective, fiscally responsible way requires innovative thinking and careful consideration of the challenge at hand.

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Local

NJ - Sand Litigation Stalled

At a May 26 meeting, Avalon officials provided Borough Council with an update on the litigation over the use of Herford Inlet sand for federal beach nourishment projects.

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Property

NJ - New Jersey Shore: Seas Are Rising as Fast as Property Values

Beach towns are getting more expensive even as they become more vulnerable to climate change.

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Engineering

MA - 'God Only Knows': As Sea Level Rise Threatens Harvard and Greater Boston Area, Experts Mull Mitigation Strategy

As global temperatures steadily increase, experts predict that the resulting sea level rise and flooding will encroach on the Greater Boston Area — including Harvard’s campus.

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