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With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

Ocean-centric funding has increasingly drawn the attention and backing of major philanthropies, and a recent gift of $1.5 million from Marc and Lynne Benioff to the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is a prime example. Oceans, which hold about 97 percent of our planet’s water, continue to undergo warming, pollution and species loss—ominous developments that explain the considerable amount of donor attention they receive.

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Science

New research suggests a different approach to protecting reef-building corals

Current fishing and pollution regulations don’t help corals cope with climate change, study says.

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Science

In the Eye of the Storm: Lessons Learned in the Wake of Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Others

Hurricanes are nothing new in many coastal vacation rental markets. But as vacation rental managers and DMOs learn new lessons with each storm, the industry’s response in the aftermath evolves.

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Fisheries

Petition, gathering kick off new push for US federal aquaculture bills

Another push for passage of a new US federal aquaculture law is in full swing with a petition to Congress signed by 122 professionals mostly from aquaculture or other seafood-related industries.

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Property

Use these tools to help visualize rising sea levels

By now, everyone knows: the climate is changing, sea levels are rising, and the crises are likely to happen sooner than expected. Still, it’s one thing to know, and another thing to really see these potential disasters. Luckily (or unluckily), there’s no lack of tools to help the apathetic develop a visceral sense of what could be at stake.

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Energy

A Hammering Sound May Soon Pierce America's Oceans

Conservationists say they're in "a perpetual state of alert" over the threat of seismic airgun blasting.

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Energy

Offshore wind on the menu with shellfish

Innovate UK-supported study explores utility of multi-use floating platforms

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Federal

Federal Guidance on Section 404 Permitting Under Development

A recently disclosed internal memorandum from the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works details a nascent effort to issue guidance that achieves “nationwide consistency” on a series of issues that are routinely raised in the permitting of dredge and fill activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Federal

Dem lawmaker asks Trump to dump NOAA nominee amid sexual harassment settlement news

A top democratic House lawmaker is calling on a Trump nominee to be removed from consideration after reports that he was involved in a discrimination and sexual harassment settlement at his former company.

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Science

Toward adaptive robotic sampling of phytoplankton in the coastal ocean

Abstract Currents, wind, bathymetry, and freshwater runoff are some of the factors that make coastal waters heterogeneous, patchy, and scientifically interesting—where it is challenging to resolve the spatiotemporal variation within the water column. We present methods and results from field experiments using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with embedded algorithms that focus sampling on features in three dimensions.

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Advocacy

Climate Adaptation: WCS awards $2.5 Million to 13 US conservation projects

NEW YORK (February 12, 2019) - WCS has announced 13 new grants to nonprofit organizations implementing on-the-ground, science-driven projects that will help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change. These grants are made through the award-winning Climate Adaptation Fund, part of WCS's Conservation Solutions division, which provides a total of $2.5 million in grant awards between $50,000 and $250,000 to conservation non-profit organizations annually.

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Property

How Natural Disasters Can Spur Gentrification

New Orleans neighborhoods that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were more likely to gentrify over the following 10 years, researchers find.

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Waterways

Marine Electric: The Wreck that Changed the Coast Guard Forever

At midnight on February 12, 1983, the 605-foot cargo ship Marine Electric was sailing northward 30 miles off Virginia's eastern shore, plowing slowly through the gale-force winds and waves stirred up by a winter storm.

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Science

Re-establishing oyster beds to maximize their ecological benefits

New GIS-based tool identifies best locations: Researchers have developed a mapping tool that identifies sites for re-establishing oyster reefs that maximize their ecological benefits -- such as water filtration. This Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based tool could inform restoration of other vital, sensitive coastal habitats.

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Science

Is your dirty laundry making dirty mollusks? Traces of microplastics offer clues.

Researchers in Sitka have been looking at the impact of microplastics on local shellfish. Their findings illustrate a possible connection between microplastics in butter clams and household laundry.

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Federal

Atlantic Hurricanes Are Strengthening Faster, Partially Because of Climate Change, Study Finds

Published Thursday in the journal Nature Communications, the findings compiled by a team of hurricane experts – several of whom work for NOAA – concluded that rapid intensification is happening more often than it should.

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NOAA Announces Change in Channel Depths on Raster Charts

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey recently announced plans to change the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) maintained channel depth values on raster nautical chart products, which include paper nautical charts and the corresponding digital raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC®).

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Property

The Polar Vortex And Climate Change

A new report outlines the numerous risks insurers face from climate change. Intelligent climate change investors must take steps to “limit economic exposure to expensive failures while, at the same time, preserving exposure to the enormous upside potential brought about by the upcoming paradigm shift.”

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Property

WHAT AIRBNB DOES TO RENTERS, EMPLOYEES, AND CITIES

A recent study argues that cities need to start treating Airbnb like any other hotel business, and regulate it accordingly.

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Energy

More than half of the U.S. coal mines operating in 2008 have since closed

The uptick in mine closures since 2008 has largely been driven by economics, and smaller, less profitable mines have been more susceptible to closures. Several factors dictate the profitability of mines, including the method used to extract the coal.

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Property

Rise of Natural Disasters Affecting Commercial Real Estate Markets

With the rise in natural disasters over the past few years and as climate change continues to be a challenge, natural disaster resiliency is top of mind for commercial property executives.

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Science

USGS 3DEP Lidar Point Cloud now available as Amazon Public Dataset

US: The USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) announced the availability of a new way to access and process lidar point cloud data from the 3DEP repository.

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Federal

NOAA: Weather and climate disasters cost U.S. $91B in 2018

The United States was hit by $14 billion weather and climate disasters in 2018, costing the country roughly $91 billion, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA said that 2018 was the 8th consecutive year that saw at least eight billion dollar disasters striking the U.S..

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Energy

Consumer demand drives record year for wind energy purchases

It’s a wrap for 2018, and the numbers show a great year for American wind power. AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Report reveals that consumer demand combined with policy stability and low, stable prices helped wind power capacity installations rise to the third strongest quarter in the industry’s history. Another big highlight—demand from corporate buyers hit an all-time high in 2018.

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Federal

FEMA Renews $1.3 Billion Reinsurance Program with 28 Carriers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has renewed for the third year a reinsurance program that transfers future catastrophic flood insurance losses to the private sector

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Science

Sonar Can Literally Scare Whales to Death, Study Finds

Naval sonar has been linked to mass strandings of otherwise-healthy whales for nearly two decades, but the precise mechanisms of how it affects whales has eluded scientists. Now, researchers have explained key details of how this disruptive signal triggers behavior in some whales that ends in death.

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Federal

Opinion: In flood resilience debate, there are no solutions — only tradeoffs

The debate surrounding flood “resilience” has been filled with talk of rising seas, climate change and imminent coastal exodus — lures meant to distract us from rigorous thought.

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Property

Alabama leads nation in building the strongest hurricane-resilient homes

Kelly Bowers and husband, Robert, had no idea what building to Fortified standards meant when they were looking to construct a new home in 2012. As they investigated building options, the couple learned about insurance discounts offered only in Alabama which encourage people to build sturdier structures in the state’s coastal region.

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Science

Direct and indirect parental exposure to endocrine disruptors and elevated temperature influences fish gene expression

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Warmer water temperatures, combined with low-level exposure to chemicals already known to be harmful to aquatic life, influence the expression of genes in the offspring of an abundant North American fish species – and threaten organisms whose sex determination is sensitive to water temperature.

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Property

Climate Changed: Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change

Storms, floods, drought and heat waves worry largest companies. Merck, Apple, Home Depot also see new revenue opportunities.

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Property

Private Flood Insurers Not Yet Ready to Fill Massive U.S. Protection Gap

The flood insurance protection gap in the United States is massive, but the take-up rate of private flood insurance continues to be low. The relative inability of private insurers to penetrate the flood insurance market has been blamed on the lack of risk models, low consumer demand, high private premiums and, most of all, on the availability of relatively inexpensive government-sponsored insurance.

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Science

Oceans Are Getting Louder, Posing Potential Threats to Marine Life

Christopher Clark, a senior researcher in the bioacoustics program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, who has studied whale communication for 40 years, described the noise as a “living hell” for undersea life, which is exquisitely tuned to sound.

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Advocacy

116th Congress Introduces Bill to Ban US Shark Fin Trade

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-MP) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act to ban the buying and selling of shark fins in the United States. Shark finning, the practice of cutting the fins off a shark and discarding its body at sea, is illegal in U.S. waters. However, fins are still traded, imported and exported throughout the U.S., including from countries that do not have adequate protections in place for their shark species.

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Science

In Underwater Drones, a New Weapon for Hurricane Hunters

A researcher’s decision to put an underwater drone in Hurricane Irene’s path is helping to transform the science of hurricane intensity prediction.

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Advocacy

Shutdown Makes It Tough For Groups To Help Endangered Whales

Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work.

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Fisheries

The shutdown: How the furloughs affect federal fisheries

The regional councils keep working on provisional funds while the shutdown shutters federal offices and the Federal Register

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Energy

US lawmaker opposes drilling permit work during shutdown

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The oil and gas industry should not be spared the pain of the partial government shutdown, according to the chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.

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Fisheries

Judge: NMFS must rewrite anchovy catch rule

Federal fishing regulators have until April 16 to rewrite a rule that sets annual catch limits (ACL) for commercial fishing of anchovy in federal waters off the northern coast of California, a judge has ruled.

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Federal

Customs brokers feel pinch of government shutdown

Various duty refund programs remain on hold as numerous CBP employees are on furlough during the federal government shutdown.

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Advocacy

Editorial: Preservation Foundation series helps Palm Beach take serious look at rising waters

The waters are rising. Finally, somebody here is paying attention. Kudos go out to the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach for its Rising Water Series, which kicked off earlier this month with a talk by environmental journalist Jeff Goodell. He is the author of “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.”

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Federal

It’s Time to Bring Back Earmarks

It has been nearly eight years since Congress gave away control over spending. Next January when the new House of Representatives meets to adopt its rules, it can correct that mistake by striking its “temporary” ban on congressionally-directed-funding, or earmarks. Since 2008, Congress has only once passed a few funding bills on time, and the Congressional Civility Rating has accelerated its nosedive. There is no such rating, of course, but you get my point.

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Advocacy

Rutgers program teaches how to be advocate for environment

The Atlantic County Utility Authority will host a program to help people get involved in environmental advocacy.

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Fisheries

Future Think: Floating deep farms promise year round production of food crops

With the global population expected to reach over nine billion by 2050, food production will need to increase by almost 70 per cent to meet the increasing demand.

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Federal

These disaster projects could lose cash to Trump's wall

Mexico won't pay for President Trump's border wall. But Northern Californians might. Many of them live near the American River, one of the country's most flood-prone urban watersheds.

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Energy

Delayed by shutdown, US offshore drilling rule changes likely to be challenged by states

Work on controversial revisions to a US offshore drilling safety rule is currently being held up by the ongoing partial government shutdown, but when ultimately finalized, the changes will be challenged in court by multiple states, sources said.

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Oil, Gas Industry Increasingly Nervous as Government Shutdown Drags On

Representatives from the oil and gas industry are beginning to worry that the partial shutdown of the federal government, now the longest in U.S. history, could impact drilling on federal lands and blunt permitting for infrastructure, including pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities.

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Engineering

Too salty: Desalination plants harm environment, U.N. says

Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday.

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Tourism

New Report from JetBlue and The Nature Conservancy Uses AI Technology to Evaluate the Impact of Natural Resources on Tourism

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 15, 2019--JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU), along with The Nature Conservancy, whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, today released a new report focusing on the connection between natural resources and tourism. The report’s results revealed that the Caribbean is more dependent on tourism than any other region across the globe and highlights new data on the benefits that coral reefs provide to the travel industry and the region’s economy.

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Science

Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish's explosive slime

Biologists have modeled the hagfish's gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically.

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Property

Rising sea levels a manageable concern for re/insurers, says climate expert

Sea level rise over the 21st century will not be as severe as many climate models have predicted and should not present a major issue for re/insurers provided it is managed appropriately, according to Dr. Judith Curry, President of Climate Forecast Applications Network and Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Federal

Law Tweaks Coastal Barrier Resource Act

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH – A portion of North Topsail Beach is being removed from a longstanding designation that exempts property owners from receiving federal aid.

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Engineering

Barrier island sand dunes recover at different rates after hurricanes

Sand dunes on coastal barrier islands buffer the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts from oncoming hurricanes. Every year, millions of public and private dollars fund the restoration of these barrier islands, but managers often focus on the recovery of smaller sand dunes and aim at making them bigger, for better storm protection.

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Federal

As the Shutdown Persists, Here Are 5 Ways It Will Impact Science

A second wave of closures looms as the government funding fight barrels towards a record-breaking fourth week. Thousands of U.S scientists are heading into their fourth week of enforced leave, the result of a prolonged government shutdown that began on 22 December.

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Government Shutdown Will Likely Delay New 2019 National Seashore Projects

The partial U.S. government shutdown, which entered its 21st day on Friday, January 11, will likely delay two new Cape Hatteras National Seashore projects which were slated to begin in early 2019 – the new parking area at Kite Point, and the new Buxton Beach Day Use Area.

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Advocacy

Addressing Climate Change in Due Diligence for Corporate Transactions

The gravity of the problem of climate change is rapidly coming into focus. On November 23, 2018 thirteen federal agencies under the leadership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including among others the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense, issued Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

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Energy

State lawmakers join forces against offshore drilling

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of nine Democratic state lawmakers from different coastal states announced Tuesday that they are going to use their coming legislative sessions to try to block attempts at offshore drilling.

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Property

Once derided, ways of adapting to climate change are gaining steam

Recognition is spreading that communities need to build resilience to climatic and coastal threats even as the world seeks ways to curb emissions driving global warming.

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Science

Extreme Weather’s Link to Climate Change Is Becoming Clearer

“The science is advancing fast, and that may surprise a lot of people.”

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Fisheries

Sustainable Fisheries Management in the Legislative Crosshairs

An 11th-hour attempt to weaken the country's fishery protections has been averted—for now.

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Science

All Sand on Earth Could Be Made of Star Stuff

Silica, a common ingredient in sand, concrete and glass, may have its origins in supernovae

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Science

Tackling greenhouse gases

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing technologies that store, capture, convert, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

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U.S. government shutdown starts to take a bite out of science

Rattlesnakes, bears, hurricanes, and freezing weather haven’t stopped ecologist Jeff Atkins from taking weekly hikes into Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park for the past 8 years to collect water samples from remote streams. But Atkins is now facing an insurmountable obstacle: the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, in its third week.

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Property

Their view: Federal flood insurance is a mess and it’s going to be expensive to fix

This year is the 50th anniversary of the National Flood Insurance Program, and this federally subsidized program has not aged well. In 2017, it had the second-highest claim loss year in its history. Hurricanes Harvey, Florence and Michael have exposed fundamental flaws in the NFIP.

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Federal

AccuWeather’s Barry Myers to Take Lead of NOAA

AccuWeather CEO Barry L. Myers has stepped down as officer and director and sold all his interest in the company to move into a role leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Myers' departure was effective Jan. 1.

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Fisheries

trū® Shrimp Announces Plan to Build First of Its Kind Shrimp Facility in Madison, South Dakota

MADISON, S.D. – The trū Shrimp Company, a pioneer in healthy, innovative and sustainable shrimp aquaculture, today announced that it is planning to build its first shrimp production facility, a Harbor, in Madison, South Dakota. trū Shrimp’s advanced technology is designed to raise shrimp in a near natural and disease-free environment. Construction is expected to break ground this summer in Madison’s Lakeview Industrial Park, with the exact timeline pending the completion of permitting and financing.

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Fisheries

Saltwater Fish May Go Extinct as Soon as 2048, Says Study

There’s reason to fret, seafood lovers. According to an international team of ecologists and economists, the world’s oceans will be empty of fish by 2048. The causes? Overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

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Shutdown Hits Coast Guard Academy, NOAA and MARAD

An estimated ten percent of the U.S. Coast Guard's employees have been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown, and most of those who remain working face uncertainty about their next paycheck. About 160 of the 260 staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are among those who are off work until the shutdown ends, and students are set to return for the next semester on Sunday.

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Advocacy

10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions if We Don’t Keep Global Temperatures Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

The summer of 2018 was intense: deadly wildfires, persistent drought, killer floods and record-breaking heat. Although scientists exercise great care before linking individual weather events to climate change, the rise in global temperatures caused by human activities has been found to increase the severity, likelihood and duration of such conditions.

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Submersible Is First to Reach Bottom of Atlantic Ocean

U.S. equity-firm founder piloted the craft to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench, in a bid to reach the deepest spot in each of the world’s oceans

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Fisheries

Modern Fish Act: New fishing rules under continue to attract attention

Revisions to federal fishing regulations that have received widespread praise from competing interests are drawing a more cautious reaction from one commercial fishing group.

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Engineering

USACE Selects 10 Beneficial Use Dredge Material Projects

The Army Corps announced last Friday, December 28, in the Federal Register the selection of ten pilot projects pursuant to Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.

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The Next Climate Frontier: Predicting a Complex Domino Effect

Motivated by events like Hurricane Harvey, researchers are trying to determine how climate change interacts with agriculture, energy, transportation and other human systems

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Science

5 Reasons To Feel Hopeful About The Oceans In 2019

Over the course of 2018, we have seen how human impacts and global climate change are rapidly altering the world's oceans.

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Energy

Offshore Wind Coming of Age

Eight competitive lease sales for offshore wind acreage have generated almost half a billion in revenue for the U.S. federal treasury. A dozen official leases have been awarded, with three more to be awarded following anti-competitive review on the heels the sale of three leases offshore Massachusetts in mid-December.

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Advocacy

Surfrider Released the ‘State of the Beach’ Report, and the Results Are Awful

The Surfrider Foundation released their annual State of the Beach report for 2018 in mid-December, and the results are disappointing, to say the least.

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Science

What Do We Do About Plastics?

Plastic pollution has gotten to the point of crisis, so what can we do about it?

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FEMA revives flood insurance sales after backlash

The Trump administration is restarting the sale of flood insurance policies during the government shutdown, backtracking on a controversial FEMA decision to halt new coverage, a senior administration official said. The move was a swift change of course after FEMA on Wednesday said that insurers should no longer sell new policies backed by the flood insurance program during the shutdown.

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Federal

National Infrastructure Council Warns of New Threat Combo as Potential Danger

When the Big One hits, the United States won’t be ready for it. In this case, the big one is a power outage “of a magnitude beyond modern experience” that could paralyze entire regions for weeks or months, cripple the country’s operations, and strain emergency organizations well past their ability to respond, according to a new report from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).

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Energy

Offshore wind is (finally) coming to America

“It’s nearly here. It’s just around the corner!” shared American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO, Tom Kiernan, at the opening session of 2018 AWEA Offshore Wind Conference in Washington, D.C. last October. He’s referring to the message relayed over the last few years that the offshore wind is coming to the United States. “That’s no longer just a message. This is an exciting, transformative time where offshore wind is happening now.”

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Federal

US government shutdown grounds NOAA survey vessels

The US government shutdown has forced the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to leave its research vessels in port, the NW News Network reported.

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Property

The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change

America’s coastal cities are preparing for legal battles over real estate that slips into the ocean.

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Fisheries

Modern Fish Act passes House: Industry wonders what happened to Magnuson?

The U.S. House voted to pass the Modern Fish Act on Wednesday, just two days after the Senate approved it unanimously, swiftly sending the bill to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature.

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Waterways

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HANGS OVER US PORTS

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has warned US member ports what to expect in the event of a government shutdown.

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Federal

$1.5 Billion Department of Transportation Grant Announced

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it will be funding 91 transportation infrastructure projects through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao calls the $1.5 billion in funding “a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure.”

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Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Seeks Public Comment on WRDA Implementation Guidance

Beginning on December 14, 2018, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA-CW) is seeking public input on the development of implementation guidance for various provisions contained in the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA 2018).

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Property

Larger Houses Replace Smaller When Rebuilding After Hurricanes

A study of hurricane-hit areas of the United States has revealed a trend of larger homes being built to replace smaller ones in the years following a storm. The research, led by the University of Southampton (UK) and published in the journal Nature Sustainability, shows that the sizes of new homes constructed after a hurricane often dwarf the sizes of those lost.

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Fisheries

Senate unanimously passes Modern Fish Act

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the the Modern Fish Act on Monday. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Fisheries

Yamaha’s fish grab gets clipped: Revised Modern Fish Act passes Senate

The so-called Modern Fish Act received unanimous support in the Senate late yesterday, Monday, Dec. 17. Whether or not you’re a stakeholder in the Gulf Coast or South Atlantic fisheries, this act is a sign of things to come. Here’s why.

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Fisheries

Conservation success depends on habits and history

The ghosts of harvesting can haunt today's conservation efforts.

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Science

El Niños to strengthen because of global warming, will cause 'more extreme weather', study says

El Niños will be stronger and more frequent in the decades ahead because of global warming, causing “more extreme events” in the United States and around the world, a news study says.

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Property

Many states hit hardest by extreme weather and climate change impacts are the least prepared

Analysis from the Surfrider Foundation outlines coastal states' responsiveness to shoreline erosion, rising tides and extreme weather events

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Fisheries

Feds: US fishermen had good year aided by lobsters, scallops

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, buoyed by growth in key species such as sea scallops and American lobsters, the federal government reported on Thursday.

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Federal

New Clean Water Act definition draws criticism from environmentalists, support from developers, farmers

Countless wetlands and thousands of miles of United States waterways would no longer be federally protected by the Clean Water Act under a new proposal by the Trump administration.

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Fisheries

Lobster, Scallops Boost Banner Year for US Fishing

(CN) – Rebounding from a drop in revenue the previous year, fisheries across the U.S. generated $212 billion in 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

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Aquatic scientists push back against narrow WOTUS rule

The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) is deeply concerned with the proposed rule issued Dec. 11 by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS).

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Property

Column: Tampa Bay should work together on climate change

The challenges ahead from climate change are sobering. At least 13 federal agencies reported in the Fourth National Climate Assessment on the effects on sea level rise, hurricanes and other real dangers. And as the Tampa Bay Times editorialized, it’s grim news for Floridians.

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Emerging Trends in Bathymetric Lidar Technology - 1

A surging interest in remote sensing and analytics has seen technology developments linked to these domains take off as we head into 2019. Airborne Lidar bathymetry (ALB) is no exception to recent innovations, especially with the growing recognition in the importance of high-resolution data to inform management of our oceans, seabed and coastal zone. In our recent discussions with ALB manufacturers and experienced operators, several significant new developments were revealed.

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Federal

Tribal people face disproportionate impact from climate change

An immediate threat cited by the report is that many communities will again have to move away from tribal homelands

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Federal

DOT Announces $1.5B in Grants for Port, Road and Rail Projects

This week,, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced a package of 91 new infrastructure projects across the United States worth a combined $1.5 billion.

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Engineering

After a Natural Disaster, Is It Better to Rebuild or Retreat?

It’s a question that will become only more urgent as climate change continues to fuel extreme weather.

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