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USA - Stimulus bill includes long-sought change to harbor fund

Provision would make it easier for Congress to spend money to maintain nation's harbors

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Waterways

To Pass the Time During Virus Lockdown, Here are Two Books Free Online: The Wreck of the SS Marine Electric. And the Wreck of the SS El Faro

Well, it looks as if World War C — fighting the Corona pandemic — will stretch on for awhile. In the interest of maritime safety, I’ve had these two book available at no charge for several months.

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Local

ASBPA Survey: Economic Stimulus needs for Coastal Communities?

ALERT: Identifying the needs in coastal communities in important. As coastal stakeholders and local government officials. Your voice is needed now. Take the ASBPA survey now.

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Property

NIST Releases Online Economic Tool To Help Communities Plan For Disaster

WASHINGTON, March 26 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the following news:

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Advocacy

This study will make you think twice about ordering sushi

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people are ordering delivery for dinner a lot more often. If you fall into that category and were thinking about sushi tonight, a new study has a pretty important warning for you.

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Science

As the ocean warms, marine species relocate toward the poles

Since pre-industrial times, the world's oceans have warmed by an average of one degree Celsius (1°C). Now researchers report that those rising temperatures have led to widespread changes in the population sizes of marine species. The researchers found a general pattern of species having increasing numbers on their poleward sides and losses toward the equator.

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Waterways

Maritime supply chain concerns are voiced by the Federal Maritime Commission

The maritime industry has been deeply affected as a result of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus and its impacts to Chinese manufacturing and logistics services.

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What the Coronavirus Curve Teaches Us About Climate Change

Humans don’t easily grasp the concept of exponential growth, but it’s exactly why coronavirus has gotten so hard to manage—and why climate change could too.

International
Science

Modification of natural landscapes and pandemics

Let us resolve to leave the standing forests and other natural landscapes alone and revisit the provisions of forest land diversion under the legal framework to minimise biodiversity loss and buffer humanity from zoonotic emerging infectious diseases.

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Advocacy

USA - Have you voted in the ASBPA Survey? Coastal management challenges to inform national research investments

USCRP and ASBPA have released a survey to evaluate coastal practitioners’ roles and responsibilities, management challenges, and preferred methods of data and tool delivery. The survey will be open between November 2019 and April 2020. The results of this short <10-minute survey will inform USCRP coastal research investments and guide future ASBPA S&T activities (this is part of our 3-year strategic plan). ASBPA’s Science & Technology Committee will publish white papers on each topic to provide science-based guidance for policy makers.

International
Science

Underwater avalanches are trapping microplastics in the deep ocean

A collaborative research project between the Universities of Manchester, Utrecht, and Durham, and the National Oceanography Centre has revealed for the first time how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean.

Northeast
Science

CT - New research on the sand lance, 'a quintessential forage fish' for seabirds and marine mammals

A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as "a quintessential forage fish" for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales, and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod, and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.

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Recreation

How are the Boardmakers Coping?

They’re Small Businesses, and They’re as Grass-Roots as It Gets “Things WERE going amazing.”

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Science

Scientist is saving corals by breeding them in the lab

Just off the coast of Singapore, a group of scientists huddles together in the warm ocean water as waves roll and crash around them.

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Science

Deepwater Horizon and the Rise of the Omics

Microbial genomics techniques came of age following the Deepwater Horizon spill, offering researchers unparalleled insights into how ecosystems respond to such environmental disasters.

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Advocacy

Opinion: Rapidly rising sea level and the future of our coasts

Humans have been adapting to changes in the environment for thousands of years. Probably since the beginning of time, we have roamed the Earth looking for the best place to settle based on our needs as farmers, herders, hunters or fishers.

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Expect a Soggy U.S. Flood Season, but Less Severe Than Last Year’s

Brace for another flooded spring — but not one as bad as last year, forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned on Thursday.

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Federal

NOAA 50th Anniversary

A video and related article that outlines a timeline of major NOAA accomplishments in the last 50 years.

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Science

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! We See Green... From Space. How Scientists Monitor Algae Blooms Over 250 Miles Away...

Algae might be small, but when they grow out of control, forming harmful algal blooms (HABs), they can cause big problems. Detecting HABs can present a challenge due to the complexity of the coastal environment. Now, scientists have developed a way to detect HABs early on by using images of Earth from space.

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Making the unseen seen with exxpedition

All-female expedition investigates ocean plastic pollution causes and solutions…

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Waterways

Shipping - Closing the competence gap with training

Skills gaps due to technology advances can be filled by simulators, e-learning, virtual reality and onboard mentoring

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Fisheries

CA - Fishing industry dealing with coronavirus pandemic | Fish Rap

Just as it has almost every aspect of global society, the COVID-19 virus is having a massive effect on the sport fishing industry. We will see bait shops closing, harbors reducing services and severe limitations on charter boat operations during the next few weeks, at least.

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Federal

More Than $43 Million in Coastal Resilience Grants Announced for Communities Devastated by 2018 Natural Disasters

NFWF, NOAA and grantees deliver $98 million in total conservation impact for communities devastated by 2018 natural disasters

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LA - The long delay in facing climate change's inevitability

Reporting to Louisianians about the existential threat climate change presents to our state’s coast often has me recalling one of Winston Churchill’s famous sayings: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.”

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NFWF and NOAA announce $8.2 million in grants to aid communities

Hurricane response fund offers help for marine debris removal after Hurricanes Michael, Florence and Typhoon Yutu

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Science

CA - Microplastics found in a quarter of San Diego estuary fish

In a sampling of fish from a creek that flows into San Diego Bay, nearly a quarter contain microplastics, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The study, which examined plastics in coastal sediments and three species of fish, showed that the frequency and types of plastic ingested varied with fish species and, in some cases, size or age of fish.

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Tourism

SHIPPING NEWS: Some cruise companies scrap schedule, others continue on

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society ship Resolute quietly slipped out of Buenos Aires, Argentina the night of March 5. The ship was arrested last October by various companies that were owed money by Squamish, B.C.-based One Ocean Expeditions.

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Tourism

Two Cruise Ships Swap Passengers to Solve Port Closure Challenges

In an example of the measures that cruise lines are taking as they wind down operations, the Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) vessels Columbus and Vasco da Gama swapped their European and Australian passengers at sea Wednesday so that all could return home.

West Coast
Science

Sea Otters, Opossums and the Surprising Ways Pathogens Move From Land to Sea

A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A study from the University of California, Davis, elucidates the sometimes surprising and complex pathways infectious pathogens can move from land to sea to sea otter.

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Federal

NOAA - New Progress on Mapping U.S. Ocean, Coastal, Great Lakes Waters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first annual report on the progress made in mapping U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, the agency said in a release.

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Fisheries

NOAA Office of Aquaculture appoints Danielle Blacklock as new director

Danielle Blacklock is starting her new role as director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Aquaculture on Monday, 16 March.

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Federal

More than $43 million in coastal resilience grants announced

NFWF, NOAA and grantees deliver $98 million in total conservation impact for communities devastated by 2018 natural disasters

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Federal

Deep-sea mining: regulating the unknown

Deep-sea ecosystems under threat from an emerging ocean industry.

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Science

Mysterious ancient sea-worm pegged as new genus after half-century in 'wastebasket'

When a partial fossil specimen of a primordial marine worm was unearthed in Utah in 1969, scientists had a tough go identifying it. Usually, such worms are recognized and categorized by the arrangement of little knobs on their plates. But in this case, the worm's plates were oddly smooth, and important bits of the worm were missing altogether.

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Engineering

The Ocean Cleanup's 'Interceptor' Aims to Clean 1,000 Rivers in 5 Years. Will It Work?

It had rained all morning across Jakarta on the first Tuesday in February. The rivers in the Indonesian capital quickly filled up, carrying all kinds of debris toward the Java Sea. In one of the city's largest waterways, a Dutch-made device was trapping some of the trash to prevent it from washing out into the ocean.

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Advocacy

Coronavirus pandemic disrupts recycling sector

The global escalation of COVID-19 is hampering some North American recycling programs, impacting Chinese users of U.S. recovered fiber, constraining global shipping, denting stock prices and threatening an economic recession.

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Federal

Following house approval, U.S. has a chance to ban the cruel shark fin trade

Sharks are killed 30 percent faster than they can reproduce, including for the inhumane fin trade.

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NC - Researchers, Officials Discuss Runoff Study

A multiyear, collaborative research project to study how polluted runoff affects the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort has led to a push for a broad coastal partnership to better address stormwater-related issues.

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Why Surfrider Stormed Capitol Hill with Over 150 Surfers

Catching up with Surfrider CEO Chad Nelsen after a big week in Washington DC

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Tourism

Cruises Are Being Plunged Into Chaos As Ports Deny Docking Over Coronavirus Fears

The ship landed off the coast of Chile after the country's Minister of Health announced a ban on cruises docking at the country's ports.

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Coronavirus crisis opens new paths toward clean energy

When Rahm Emanuel famously advised not to let another “crisis go to waste,” he lamented that the oil crises of the 1970s came and went without solving our energy woes. As the incoming chief of staff amid the 2008 financial crisis, Emanuel foresaw “an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before” in clean energy and beyond. That crisis too passed with too little accomplished.

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Our Vanishing World: Oceans

As the human onslaught against life on Earth accelerates, no part of the biosphere is left pristine. The simple act of consuming more than we actually need drives the world’s governments and corporations to endlessly destroy more and more of the Earth to extract the resources necessary to satisfy our insatiable desires. In fact, an initiative of the World Economic Forum has just reported that ‘For the first time in history, more than 100 billion tonnes of materials are entering the global economy every year’ – see ‘The Circularity Gap Report 2020’ – which means that, on average, every person on Earth uses more than 13 tonnes of materials each year extracted from the Earth.

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Tourism

Underrated, Pristine Beaches To Visit In The US

Check out our list of some of the most underrated, pristine beaches in America - just don’t tell anyone

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Tourism

How Might COVID-19 Change Us?

“Some of my best times have been at large gatherings like concerts and festivals. I really enjoy public spaces, busy downtowns, crowded squares and public transit. Further, I&#39;m from Boston, not an area known for hugging and PDAs, but I live among huggers and have become fully acclimated. Further, about a third of US households are one-person households, many of whom don't currently get enough human contact. When the COVID 19 tsunami passes, let’s be sure we return to, and build on, our humanity and not dive further into isolation and technological solitude.”

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Fisheries

Bill pushing for US offshore aquaculture development reintroduced in House

A bill designed to develop and support offshore aquaculture in the United States is getting a second chance at passing in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.

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Federal

Trump Administration Presses Cities to Evict Homeowners From Flood Zones

WASHINGTON — The federal government is giving local officials nationwide a painful choice: Agree to use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit a shot at federal money they need to combat climate change.

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Property

New flood damage framework helps planners prepare for sea-level rise

Scientists agree that sea levels will continue to rise this century, but projections beyond 2050 are much more uncertain regarding exactly how much higher ocean levels will be by 2100. While actions to protect against 2050 sea-level rise have a secure scientific basis, this range in late-century estimates makes it difficult for coastal communities to plan their long-term adaptation strategies.

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Tourism

Historic ocean liner may get second life as hotel, or an Airbnb

Scott Rechler was negotiating a deal to build Airbnb rentals in a Manhattan office tower when the real estate developer had an epiphany. Tree houses and other unconventional lodgings were popular on the home-sharing site. Why not a ship?

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Engineering

Dutch envoy: Catalyst of resiliency, sustainability

THE Kingdom of the Netherlands is a small country in Europe, but packs the economic, technological and cultural wallop representative of the entire continent.

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Property

USA - Valuing Climate Risk in the Real Estate Sector

Insurance remains the primary tool for managing climate-related risk. But for how long?

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$500K in Funding Offered for New Urban Mobility App to Reroute Traffic During Flooding

NORFOLK, Va., March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- RISE Urban Mobility Challenge offers up to $500,000 to create a next generation traffic app that offers drivers real-time flooding and rerouting information. June 1, 2020 is the deadline.

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USA - How Three Coastal Churches Became Hubs of Climate Resilience

Stories of churches reimagining their land, mission, and ministry for the age of climate change.

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Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant Cancels On Danish Festival To Protest Whaling

Led Zeppelin‘s Robert Plant has canceled an upcoming G! Festival appearance in protest of an annual whaling practice known as grindadráp (the “Grind”).

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Federal

Playing politics with science spawns new threat to endangered whales

Trump administration ignores warnings about disturbing North Atlantic right whale to relax rules for oil exploration

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Waterways

Will wind-assisted propulsion blow the maritime industry away?

A partnership between NAPA and C-Job Naval Architects is studying the applications of wind-assisted propulsion using voyage optimisation software, hoping to ultimately drive the industry away from polluting fuels and help it prepare for the IMO’s ever-stricter requirements.

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AI, AI, Captain! How the Mayflower Autonomous Ship will cross the Atlantic

While self-driving cars have hogged the headlines for the past few years, other forms of autonomous transport are gaining steam.

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After Trump’s conservation fund reversal, senators are urged to get on board

Even before the president reversed course, senators said they intended to ignore his budget proposal

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Energy

1Q Oil Demand Fall Expected to be Largest Ever

World oil demand will decline by the largest volume in history in the first quarter, even exceeding the declines during the 2009 financial crisis.

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Federal

NCLA Sues the Dept. of Commerce over Its Unlawful New at-Sea Monitor Mandate

The New Civil Liberties Alliance today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island against the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), as well as the heads of those agencies. The suit challenges the agencies’ unconstitutional and statutorily unauthorized effort to force fishing companies to pay for a new agency enforcement program. NCLA represents Relentless Inc., Huntress Inc., and their related company, Seafreeze Fleet LLC, in this facial challenge to DOC/NOAA’s newly promulgated rule.

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Waves and tides have bigger impact on marine life than human activity

The biggest impacts on the sea life in Swansea Bay, Wales, come from waves and tides rather than human activity, a wide-ranging new study—encompassing over 170 species of fish and other sea life such as crabs, squid and starfish—has revealed.

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US ports taking a major hit from the coronavirus

Supply chain disruptions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis have followed the wavelike spread of the disease, moving from Asia - notably China, but also South Korea - to the US.

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Property

FL - Florida Homeowners Moving More Toward Private Flood Insurance

Florida currently has nearly 83,000 private flood insurance policies. In 2015, there were fewer than 1,000 policies. They represent a small fraction of the 1.76 million government-backed residential and commercial policies.

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Property

NFWF Announces Release of the National Coastal Resilience Fund 2020 Request for Proposals

The National Coastal Resilience Fund will award approximately $31 million in grant funding to enhance coastal communities' natural defenses against severe weather and flooding

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Science

How will billions of marine microbes adapt to climate change? A new study investigates

USC scientists and their colleagues have developed a model that estimates two different ways microbes will respond to warming oceans.

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Is there a technological solution to aquatic dead zones?

Could pumping oxygen-rich surface water into the depths of lakes, estuaries, and coastal ocean waters help ameliorate dangerous dead zones? New work says yes, although they caution that further research would be needed to understand any possible side effects before implementing such an approach.

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Energy

Turning water into watts

Huge technical and financial hurdles face anyone seeking to harness the vast power of the world’s oceans. For a devout band of researchers and hi-tech business pioneers, however, the dream of “blue energy” lives on, as Stephen Ornes discovers

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Unchecked Climate Change May Erase Half of the World's Sandy Beaches by 2050

I freaking love the beach. It is my place of solace come summertime and my preferred destination come vacation time. So it breaks my heart to share this news: Half of our world’s beaches could be gone by the end of the century.

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Property

Americans Are Paying $34 Billion Too Much for Houses in Flood Plains

At least 3.8 million U.S. homes lie in flood plains. Together, they may be overvalued by $34 billion.

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Science

One Square Kilometer of Wetlands Worth $1.8M in Storm Damage Prevention

U.S. protection of wetlands has expanded and contracted dramatically over the last five years, as Democratic and Republican administrations rewrote Clean Water Act rules to their constituencies’ liking. The lack of high-quality economic analysis has been a recurring theme in debates over how much protection wetlands deserve. Without a dollar figure that could stand up to scrutiny, politicians and regulators were skeptical of the benefits.

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Energy

U.S. crude oil production grew 11% in 2019, surpassing 12 million barrels per day

Annual U.S. crude oil production reached another record level at 12.23 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2019, 1.24 million b/d, or 11%, more than 2018 levels. The 2019 growth rate was down from a 17% growth rate in 2018. In November 2019, monthly U.S. crude oil production averaged 12.86 million b/d, the most monthly crude oil production in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Petroleum Supply Monthly. U.S. crude oil production has increased significantly during the past 10 years, driven mainly by production from tight rock formations developed using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to extract hydrocarbons.

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U.S. DOT announces availability of port infrastructure grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $225 million in discretionary grant funding through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

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Federal

NOAA’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 1 through March 7

The National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City recently announced that this week, March 1 – 7, is Severe Weather Preparedness week in North Carolina, and the organization has launched a new website to highlight daily topics that are essential for safety and preparation.

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Property

Living with Water: How Coastal Developers Are Building for Rising Tides

Out of the rising tides of climate change have emerged nimble projects that embrace floodwaters and shifts in thinking about design and construction.

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Science

Geologists determine early Earth was a 'water world' by studying exposed ocean crust

Geologists have studied exposed, 3.2-billion-year-old ocean crust in Australia and used that rock data to build a quantitative, inverse model of ancient seawater. The model indicates the early Earth could have been a 'water world' with submerged continents.

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Science

Half of the world’s beaches could disappear by the end of the century, study finds

Climate change poses an existential threat to the world’s sandy beaches, and that as many as half of them could disappear by the end of the century, a new study has found.

Pacific Northwest
Science

The many brains of an octopus

An octopus has two-thirds of its brain cells in its suckers — suction cups along its arms that help in catching prey and moving around. This enables the octopus to process information locally and allows the arms to work independent of the brain.

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Energy

US Offshore Wind and Fisheries Alliance Names First Executive Director

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) has appointed Lyndie Hice-Dunton as its first executive director.

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Waterways

A Fertilizer Will Soon Power Ocean-Going Ships

Zero-carbon ammonia can be used to power ships and make the transport sector greener, a policy briefing by the British Royal Society shows. The research considers opportunities and challenges associated with the manufacture and future use of the product, today mainly known as a fertilizer.

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Property

Is climate change being priced into coastal real estate? Depends if you are buying from a believer or not

Haider-Moranis Bulletin: A drop in values is more pronounced in areas inhabited by those who believe in climate change

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Federal

Federal action needed to protect coastal recreation from climate change

Our coasts and ocean are under siege due to climate change. Sea level rise, extreme weather events and ocean acidification are already putting our nation’s coastlines at risk. Climate change impacts are also taking a devastating toll on coastal economies and local communities.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Canada - Solar storms may be linked to mass grey whale strandings

New research may provide more clues to how grey whales navigate the oceans

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Science

Researchers Discover the Largest Virus in the Oceans Yet

The ChoanoVirus genome codes for rhodopsin, perhaps giving its choanoflagellate host extra energy-harvesting capabilities.

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