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Federal

Fake Claims, Price Gouging, Bogus Contractors: How Fraudsters Steal Disaster Aid

As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid flowing into the stricken areas.

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Property

'100-year' floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps

Researchers have developed new maps that predict coastal flooding for every county on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts and find 100-year floods could become annual occurrences in New England; and happen every one to 30 years along the southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shorelines.

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Science

The case for retreat in the battle against climate change

A new paper led by a A.R. Siders of the University of Delaware states that communities should plan for retreat in some cases from areas that are flood- or fire- or hurricane-prone and adjust their building codes and services as needed.

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Energy

U.S. To “Drown The World” In Oil

The U.S. could “drown the world in oil” over the next decade, which, according to Global Witness, would “spell disaster” for the world’s attempts to address climate change.

Southeast
Advocacy

New surf contest coming to Sebastian Inlet to help preserve beaches

Protecting and preserving the world's oceans, waves and beaches has been the hallmark mission statement for the 82 international chapters of the Surfrider Foundation.

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Science

John Steinbeck's Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rule of Ecology

A legendary writer, a quirky biologist and their jolly adventure in the Sea of Cortez

Pacific Northwest
Federal

Increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large economic benefits

A new study provides evidence that increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large benefits to the citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

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Tourism

Why Can’t I Take Public Transit to the Beach?

In the U.S., getting to the beach usually means driving. But some sandy shores can still be reached by train, subway, and bus.

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Property

Coastwide - Development Trends in U.S. Coastal Cities

Nestled at the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, Massachusetts, has a year-round population of 2,500 that swells into the tens of thousands during the summer. Though primarily known as an artists’ resort nowadays, the coastal town—founded some 300 years ago—still retains a bit of its legendary fishing character, with $8 million to $10 million worth of shellfish (lobsters, scallops, and crab) coming across the commercial pier each season.

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Property

What U.S. Cities Facing Climate Disaster Risks Are Least Prepared?

New studies find cities most vulnerable to climate change disasters—heat waves, flooding, rising seas, drought—are the least prepared.

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Science

We're Really Doing a Number on the World's Oceans

Over the recent decade, total human impacts to the world’s oceans have, on average, nearly doubled and could double again in the next decade without adequate action, researchers say.

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Property

Arch Insurance to Buy Coastal Commercial Property MGU Ventus Risk Management

Arch Insurance North America has agreed to acquire Ventus Risk Management, a technology and analytics-driven managing general underwriter that specializes in providing coastal commercial property insurance solutions to small and mid-sized enterprises.

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Tourism

Tourism expert: 'Many say they want to travel sustainably — but then they don't'

People are now aware of climate change. But almost no one wants to do without a holiday flight or cruise. A CO2 tax could change that, says tourism expert Wolfgang Günther.

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Fisheries

United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization predicts impact of climate change on world’s fisheries, aquaculture

Climate change will decrease the world fisheries’ overall maximum catch potential between 2.8% and 12.1% by 2050 based on different greenhouse gas emission scenarios, with the tropics, especially the South Pacific region, getting hit the hardest, says a team of technical experts organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Fisheries

Ocean warming has fisheries on the move, helping some but hurting more

Climate change has been steadily warming the ocean, which absorbs most of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, for 100 years. This warming is altering marine ecosystems and having a direct impact on fish populations. About half of the world’s population relies on fish as a vital source of protein, and the fishing industry employs more the 56 million people worldwide.

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Federal

NFWF Announces New Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund

More than $48 million available to support coastal communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu and wildfires in 2018 through building natural infrastructure resilience

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Engineering

What the Seas Will Swallow

During his flights between Maine and Florida, MacLean noticed something he hadn’t given much thought to before: thousands of industrial sites and vast amounts of critical infrastructure perched perilously close to the water’s edge, not far above the current high water level.

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Science

Communicating Tropical Storm Risks Through A Sense Of Place

As hurricane forecasts become more accurate, scientists are increasingly turning their attention to communicating those forecasts to vulnerable communities in a meaningful way. The goal is to enable residents and local officials to see how the incoming storm could affect specific areas so they can make critical decisions about protecting their lives, homes, and businesses.

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Science

The Coming Floods: How Sea Level Rise Affects All Of Us

Orrin Pilkey was sounding the alarm about climate change and sea level rise long before the topics were part of public consciousness. As an early whistleblower, his work was not always well received, but he pressed on and has authored and edited dozens of books about the environment in the past few decades.

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Science

Scientists and Planners Face Challenge of Rising Seas

NASA Sea Level Change Team Meeting; Annapolis, Maryland, 11–13 March 2019

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Federal

U.S. and Canadian Officials Discuss Next Steps in North Atlantic Right Whale Protection

A message from NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver, who recently met with Canadian officials to coordinate conservation and management efforts for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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Property

More states invest in flood control programs

The AP has estimated that 23 states are facing a total of $1.2 billion of infrastructure damage and at least $170 million of cleanup and emergency response costs for storms, floods and tornadoes that occurred just in the first half of 2019 alone.

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Property

Rising Sea Levels Leave Coastal Cities With Hard Choices

As experts advocate for “managed retreat” from eroding coastlines, communities are pushing back.

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Waterways

Carr: Lifeboat Training

We huddled behind the ship’s superstructure, momentarily escaping wind, rain and snow flurries. Soon, though, we would need to leave this protection, and move to the ship’s windward side where we would start lowering and raising lifeboats. Water temperature was in the 40s F and the air was close to freezing.

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Science

UM-Led Group Gets $20 Million Federal Agreement For Estuary Research

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative supports science for estuarine and coastal decision-makers. Managed by the University of Michigan Water Center, through a cooperative agreement with NOAA, the Science Collaborative coordinates regular funding opportunities and supports user-driven collaborative research, assessment, and transfer activities that address critical coastal management needs identified by the reserves.

International
Property

To Save Tiny Penguins, This Coastal Suburb Was Wiped Off the Map

It’s a magical sight: Just as the light begins to vanish, thousands of tiny penguins waddle out of the surf on an island in southeastern Australia, then head up the beach and along well-worn paths toward their burrows.

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Property

Buyout Benefits: Retreating from U.S. Climate Risk Zones

We basically have three responses: “mitigation, adaptation and suffering” with a combination of them offering the way forward.

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Science

Researchers Find Surprising Ocean Warming Events Occurring Twice as Frequently Than Expected

More frequent ocean warming events will have significant impacts on marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them

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Energy

Drill, baby, drill: Worldwide offshore rig count in July up 45 rigs year-over-year

The worldwide offshore rig count in July 2019 went up by 10 units compared to June, and 45 year over year, according to monthly rig count reports by Baker Hughes, a GE company.

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Waterways

Seafarers Working on Dredgers Rank Among the Happiest in the Industry

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers recently, has revealed that seafarers working onboard dredging vessels are the most satisfied in the global maritime industry.

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Property

What Moody’s Recent Acquisition Means for Assessing the Costs of the Climate Crisis

The credit rating agency Moody’s announced on July 24 that it had acquired a majority stake in Four Twenty Seven, a leading provider of insight on economic climate risk.

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Property

AIR Worldwide Tracks Growth of Coastal Exposures Over Past Decade

The value of coastal exposures along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have experienced a compound annual growth rate of about 4% over the past decade, according to catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide.

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Fisheries

NOAA 2018 Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries

This annual report highlights the work toward the goal of maximizing fishing opportunities while ensuring the sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities.

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Property

What Moody’s Recent Acquisition Means for Assessing the Costs of the Climate Crisis

The credit rating agency Moody’s announced on July 24 that it had acquired a majority stake in Four Twenty Seven, a leading provider of insight on economic climate risk. The acquisition by one of the world’s foremost credit rating agencies stands out as an indicator that the climate crisis is seen as a material risk that corporations and governments must consider.

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Property

Yale: Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?

U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required.

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Tourism

2019 TOP 10 BEACHES: THIS YEAR’S WINNER IS KAILUA BEACH PARK

Kailua Beach Park is number one in the 29th annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor at Florida International University.

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Property

What You Need To Know About Long-Term Vs. Short-Term Rentals

Some things to keep in mind when considering investment in coastal rental properties.

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Property

Buying Out Beach Homes May Be Simpler than Fighting Floods

Coastal towns may be better off buying out beachfront property owners than spending years trying to protect those homes from floods, erosion and shifting sands, a study of North Topsail Beach, N.C., says.

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Engineering

Building an Architecture for Climate Change

The Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab evidences the importance of the artistic imagination for developing an architecture adequate to the planet’s climate future.

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Property

New York’s Invisible Climate Migrants

Global warming is causing mass migrations around the world. In New York, it's forcing people from their homes in quieter ways.

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Federal

$950,000 in Funding for NOAA’s Habitat Focus Areas

NOAA announces $950,000 in funding for habitat restoration in six Habitat Focus Areas.

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Engineering

Tidal Flooding Closing in on Coastal Infrastructure

Coastal cities are rapidly losing freeboard – the space between infrastructure and the ocean — as high-tide flooding is becoming a chronic rather than an infrequent problem.

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Federal

New BOEM Report Projects Future OCS Sand Resource Needs

In recent years, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Marine Minerals Program (MMP) has seen an increase in both the number of requests and volume of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sediment for coastal restoration projects. This is largely driven by diminishing resources in state waters, the frequency and magnitude of storms along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, and new infrastructure projects.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Can the “masters of the flood” help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes?

After centuries of fighting back water in a low-lying nation, the Dutch have become the world leaders in flood control. And their expertise is helping Texas design what would become the nation’s most ambitious — and expensive — coastal barrier.

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Federal

US Census Bureau: 94.7M Americans Live in Coastline Regions

About 60.2M Live in Areas Most Vulnerable to Hurricanes

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Property

INSIGHT: Real Estate Investors Need to Prepare for Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

The impacts of climate change, including rising seas and extreme weather events, are quickly emerging as formidable challenges for the real estate industry and our cities.

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Tourism

Beachgoers beware: Bacteria lurks

Thousands of beach closures and advisories linked to bacteria.

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Federal

Water Funding for Estuaries: The Glue That Guards Against Storm Devastation

Waterkeepers address estuaries as the first line of defense against devastating storms as they went before Congress to give testimony on re-authorization of the National Estuary Program under the Clean Water Act, along with several proposed funding bills.

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Property

Why are Atlantic and Gulf coast property owners building back bigger after hurricanes?

(THE CONVERSATION) U.S. coastal counties are densely populated and extensively developed. They also are directly exposed to sea level rise and storms, which scientists predict will become more destructive as climate change progresses.

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Advocacy

This Is What America Could Look Like When Our Coasts Are Under Water

Rising sea levels could be an opportunity for social change—or a dystopian hellscape.

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Federal

Defense Wins Championships, but Offense Saves the Planet

Fossil fuels have run the clock down and we're coming up on a 2-minute warning. Can Humans make a quick turnaround to win this game?

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Waterways

House Natural Resources Committee to hold hearings on Working Waterfronts and CZMA

The House Natural Resources Committee will be holding a hearing on Thursday, July 25th on a number of water- and ocean-related bills, including Rep. Pingree’s (D-ME) “Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act”, which would create federal grant and loan programs dedicated to projects that preserve and improve working waterfront infrastructure in our coastal communities.

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Advocacy

More than half of America's beaches are likely tainted with fecal matter, scientists say

LOS ANGELES - Every year in the U.S., an estimated 57 million cases of recreational waterborne illness occur, and scientists say that it’s largely because of fecal matter in the water.

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Federal

Legislators seek to protect Sea Grant

Sea Grant program funding is regularly on the chopping block and legislators that pay attention work to keep this inexpensive and highly effective program running.

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Fisheries

Fewer fish may reach breeding age as climate change skews timing of reproduction, food availability

Climate change may be depriving juvenile fish of their most crucial early food source by throwing off the synchronization of when microscopic plants known as phytoplankton bloom and when fish hatch, according to Princeton University researchers. The long-term effect on fish reproductivity could mean fewer fish available for human consumption.

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Property

After a Disaster, Imagery Gives Insurance Companies a Clear Picture: Viewpoint

Some of the most famous planes in the weather world are hurricane hunters, piloted by steely nerved aviators who fly into storms to measure what is imperceptible to people on the ground. Since the first storm-chasing pilot plunged into a hurricane on a dare in 1943, the practice has become a standard tool of weather forecasting.

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Property

Wanna Understand Climate Change, Watch the Money: Moody’s Links with Four Twenty Seven to Price Climate Risk

The acquisition of California-based Four Twenty Seven, Inc., by Moody’s Corporation could signify the beginning of a major shift in how markets price risks related to climate change. Up until now, these risks largely have been absent from investors’ models, but if Moody’s, a major rating agency, starts using Four Twenty Seven’s methods in assigning ratings, that might quickly change.

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Tourism

America’s Richest Beach Towns

Each year, tens of millions of Americans journey to our nation’s coasts to enjoy the many beautiful beaches. Beaches offer natural beauty, enjoyable climates, and opportunities for countless physical activities involving both sand and water. For many, a summer isn’t complete without a trip to the beach.

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Science

Study Up for Shark Week

Don't get caught in a water-cooler conversation during Shark Week without knowing your stuff.

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Science

Future Tech: Conservation biologists find new applications for AI tools

Automated cameras and other sensors deployed in the wild are transforming the way biologists monitor natural ecosystems and animal populations. These technologies can collect huge amounts of data, however, and conservation biologists are increasingly turning to the tools of artificial intelligence (AI) to sort through it all.

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Science

Seabed mining is coming — bringing mineral riches and fears of epic extinctions

Plans are advancing to harvest precious ores from the ocean floor, but scientists say that companies have not tested them enough to avoid devastating damage.

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Property

802,555 Homes at Risk of 10-Year Flood Inundation by 2050

Unchecked greenhouse gas emissions would put 3.4 million existing homes worth $1.75 trillion at risk of inundation from a 10-year flood by 2100. By 2050, those figures are 802,555 homes worth $451 billion – and 19,250 of those homes were built after 2009. New York, Tampa, Virginia Beach and 21 other cities built at least 100 homes in the risk zone during that time. Florida would have the most homes at risk (1.58 million) by 2100, followed by New Jersey (282,354), Virginia (167,090), Louisiana (157,050) and California (143,217)-assuming levees and other infrastructure defenses hold.

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