WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Houston-based company said on Thursday it will build the first U.S. flagged vessel to install offshore wind projects off the east coast of the United States in preparation for an expected construction boom in the nascent industry.
The funding will support research and development related to offshore oil, natural gas, wind and marine hydrokinetic energy production, with a focus on safety, environmental monitoring and operational improvements
Eleven grants will address threats and develop tools for restoration and management of coral reefs in U.S. and Caribbean waters
A new study has found that affordable housing in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California will be at particular risk
On Louisiana’s Gulf coast, hit by a record five hurricanes or tropical storms this year, Native American tribes are some of North America’s early climate refugees as seas claim their shoreline and salinity damages the land that remains.
Earlier this month, Iota became the 30th named storm in 2020, making this year's Atlantic hurricane season -- which ends today -- one for the record books.
Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill Partners has filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to preserve value and to continue the operation and marketing its assets.
Taxpayers are backing more than a trillion dollars in home mortgages, but the agencies buying them are neglecting to consider climate risks.
No state is entirely safe from the threat of natural disasters, but some stand a better chance of surviving the storm.
Some of the worst storms in U.S. history have hit around Thanksgiving, disrupting transportation and claiming lives. The following are five of the most destructive and deadliest of those storms.
The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States.
A new FEMA index considers socioeconomic factors in evaluating community disaster vulnerability
The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act will restore and protect coastal areas that buffer communities and birds from climate change.
The hope is to ready them up to face future weather threats.
Research shows that typical seafood distribution in the United States dropped steeply at the start of the global pandemic
Dart Container Corporation partners with UltraTech to provide grants to marinas, local governments
Raging California wildfires on one coast and the most active Atlantic hurricane season in history on the other are just two examples of how our climate is changing. It's also changing how the insurance industry prepares for increased risk of property damage and in some cases, in trying to prevent it.
In January, the Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act (H.R. 5589) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, followed in June by a companion Senate bill.
Incoming U.S. Treasury secretaries have been confronted over the past two decades with the financial rescue of other countries, the bailout of the U.S. banking system and a trade war.
A life preserver of sorts will be available to homeowners submerged in the troubling waters of flooding, according to the National Association of Realtors— that is thanks to action the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced last week, related to the extended availability of additional private flood insurance options to U.S. consumers.
What are the most common misconceptions about the Sustainable Sites category in LEEDv4.1 and the ability to adapt to natural disasters?
Protecting 30 percent of the U.S. ocean is key to saving the diversity and abundance of life on Earth.
A first of its kind assessment of coral reefs in U.S. waters is again sounding the alarm over the continued decline of these sensitive underwater ecosystems, which scientists deem essential to the health of the world’s oceans amid the environmental effects posed by human activity and climate change.
While FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) has made progress in modernizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) system, a new report from the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said the new system is struggling with data quality issues.
The Federal Reserve’s November 2020 “Financial Stability Report,” which usually examines how economic and market forces could impact banks, insurance companies, and other firms, has addressed the implications of climate change for financial stability for the very first time.
In Seattle, "the big one" -- a massive earthquake that could devastate the region -- represents an ominous threat.
A new study is the first to look at how climate change may make hurricanes more destructive, even after they strike land.
In the aftermath of a bitterly contested election, House and Senate negotiators are finalizing the details of the Water Resources Development Act with an eye towards passage in the lame duck.
Michael Kuperberg had worked as executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
Tropical Storm Theta formed in the Atlantic Monday night. It poses no threat to land but was notable nonetheless, making 2020 a record-breaking hurricane season.
Extreme weather events took the spotlight again in October as the nation saw raging wildfires, record hurricane activity and record snowfall in some parts.
On Nov. 10, NASA will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air force Base in California. Its payload: a Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, equipped with instruments that will dramatically improve measurement of changes in sea level around the world.
The withdrawal has been expected for years, but marks “a bitter moment,” experts say.
NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) has signed an agreement with Google to explore the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for enhancing NOAA’s use of satellite and environmental data.
Flood and wildfire risks are increasing costs, but defensive measures are possible
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. is moving its corporate headquarters to Houston, the latest milestone for what began in 1890 as a fledgling Chicago marine construction firm and has since grown into the country's largest provider of dredging services.
Millions of Americans have properties facing the threat of destructive floods, with a cost of up to $25,000 in damages for just one inch of floodwater.
In Utah, it’s air pollution; Missouri, it’s extreme weather; in California, it’s sea level rise. And the planet’s future, voters say, hangs in the balance.
A working group led by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has developed an innovative measurement-based standard – “BCarbon” – for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil as organic carbon.
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Craig McLean, the acting chief scientist of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the government agency that (among other things) helps track hurricanes, has been removed from his post because he asked Erik Noble, an agency appointee hand-selected by President Donald Trump to acknowledge the agency’s scientific integrity guidelines.
The U.S. Geological Survey announced Friday the completion of a new mobile tool that provides real-time information on water levels, weather and flood forecasts all in one place on a computer, smartphone or other mobile device.
Zeta sped across the Southeast on Thursday, leaving a trail of damage and more than 2.6 million homes and businesses without power in Atlanta and beyond after pounding New Orleans with winds and water that splintered homes and were blamed for at least three deaths.
A major oil and gas operator in the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico is joining the State’s produced water research efforts, providing facilities for field testing in the region.
With parametric insurance, the full power of modern computing, data digitization, risk modeling and Artificial Intelligence meet.
$2 million in funding has been pledged to an initiative that aims to restore oyster stocks in several US states as well as provide financial support for a sector that's been hit hard by a downturn in demand caused by Covid-19 restrictions.
David Legates has spent his career disputing climate science. Now he’s a top manager in the federal agency most involved in assessing global warming’s threat.
On September 15, 2020, the Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) released a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify and reissue its existing Nationwide Permits (“NWPs”) and is accepting public comments through November 16, 2020.
What do you have on your 2020 Bingo Card? Wildfire, heat wave, global pandemic, or flooding? If it's flooding, then it's a good bet it will happen in many places in the U.S. sometime during the year.
As losses mount and premiums rise, risks posed by extreme weather are drawing heightened scrutiny from industry stakeholders.
As a tropical system approaches the coastline and the intensity and impact of the storm becomes evident, officials and first responders brace for landfall by staging equipment and readying personnel for the aftermath.
Keppel AmFELS wins contract
Unique Combination of Sensors Used to Gather High Resolution Topographic and Bathymetric Lidar Data Along 12,000 Square Miles of Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast Areas Not Surveyed Since Civil War Era
Health workers see Vibrio as a rare danger, if they’ve heard of it at all. But it’s already causing more cases of flesh-eating disease. And it’s poised to get worse.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has taken a dramatic step to encourage communities to use environmentally friendly features such as wetlands for flood protection instead of building sea walls and levees.
WASHINGTON - The growing amount of plastic waste clogging the world's oceans is drawing the attention of the Trump administration, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler calling the problem a "top priority" Monday.
Monday, National Wild Turkey Federation joins the voices of the nation’s leading hunting, fishing and habitat conservation organizations to support the Thirty by Thirty Initiative (30 by 30 Initiative) to establish a goal of placing 30% of the planet’s lands and waters under protected status by the year 2030.
Five years ago, the Obbink family decided to buy a house in Virginia Beach, Va.
Although most hurricanes tend to weaken as they approach land, some rapidly increase in strength just prior to landfall - a phenomenon that is both dangerous and hard to forecast.
A new study of an endangered fish along the lower Missouri River paints a sobering picture of its future.
New research highlights how interdependences among infrastructure systems like roads can complicate climate adaptation.
A new free GIS toolbox, that estimates and maps the wave reduction intensity provided by marshes, makes it easier to evaluate marshes for coastal protection.
The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network, has released their 2020 State of the Beach Report, revealing that the states most impacted by extreme weather events associated with climate change remain the least prepared because they lack solid coastal preservation and sea level rise policies.
How the United States’ implementation of climate change adaptation programs is exacerbating inequality and breeding a new form of climate gentrification.
Hurricane Delta, the 25th named Atlantic storm of the 2020 hurricane season, made landfall in southwest Louisiana in almost the exact same place Hurricane Laura swept through just weeks ago.
The House of Representatives' Natural Resources Committee is focusing on addressing global warming and the threat of the resulting sea level rise on Guam, the CNMI and other U.S. territories and freely associated states.
Representatives of the hydropower industry and the conservation community are coming together to find common ground on the role of hydropower in addressing climate change while also restoring free-flowing rivers.
Offshore aquaculture would increase our seafood supply and create jobs. There’s no better time for Congress to act.
The Mississippi River is changing, and it’s only making towboat captain Jeremy Runde’s job all the harder.
Our nation’s experiences with hurricanes demonstrate that natural infrastructure can maximize environmental, economic, and community benefits, according to the Nature Conservancy’s Lynn Scarlett, former deputy secretary of the Interior, and AECOM’s Michael J. Donahue. They say investment in natural and traditional infrastructure changes can improve the resiliency of communities and Congress has the chance to act.
September 2020 saw multiple hurricanes and tropical storms, destructive fires, record heat
BROOKINGS – Wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres to date, more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state.
After years of advocacy and legal back-and-forth, environmental conservation groups are celebrating a victory: The government will prohibit the use of sonic blasts in the ocean this year, which could help save the lives of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.
Water is deadlier than wind when it comes to hurricanes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The fight against harmful algal blooms, or HABs, received a big boost this week as NOAA announced funding of more than a dozen new research projects addressing the issue.
A day where coastal communities around the country say 'thank you' to their Harbormasters.
Black and Hispanic people and people with low incomes are more likely to live in areas at high risk of flooding from natural disasters than white and Asian people, according to a new study led by the University of Arizona.
Property exposures increase along the coast even as insurers become wary of taking on coastal risk.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently circulated a draft proposal to renew its existing Nationwide Permits (NWPs) as well as create two new NWPs that would authorize seaweed and finfish aquaculture in coastal waters.1
David Simonelli, Chief Operating Officer commented, “Great Lakes is pleased to add these major coastal protection and maintenance dredging awards to our backlog. These projects are aligned with our strategy to provide dredging services to support the overall improvement and resiliency of our country’s environment, coastlines and infrastructure.”
As Hurricane Douglas bore down on Hawaii and Hurricane Hanna threatened the eastern United States, FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor came clean about climate change. He admitted to Congress for the first time, that, yes, climate change does make storms worse.
NOAA SATELLITES PROVIDE CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR FORECASTING AND TRACKING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES
Despite the upcoming election frenzy and the myriad of things Congress has to deal with, negotiations between the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve differences between the two versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in each chamber are ongoing, according to barge industry sources.
Forty per cent (40%) of the US population – about 127 million people – live in coastal areas, putting them at risk of flooding from storm surge and record-setting high tides, according to a report by Torrent Technologies.
WASHINGTON - As if 2020 didn’t have enough going for it already, forecasters expect an especially busy hurricane season this year.
NOAA-funded projects focus on climate variability
From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.
A research team led by Florida State University found that sea turtles in the U.S. will have less suitable nesting habitat in the future because of climate change and coastal development.
Matching grants bring total to $5.9 million for 23 projects across 18 U.S. states and territories
CHARLESTON, S.C.—Conservation groups today challenged in federal court a Trump administration rollback of clean water protections that sharply curtails the ability of states and local residents to protect their drinking water, rivers, streams, wetlands, aquatic life, and other local interests.
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