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USA - Houston Company to Build First U.S. Vessel to Support Offshore Wind Boom

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.

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Energy

USA - Up to $40m for Improved Safety and Environmental Sustainability in Offshore Energy

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

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Advocacy

USA - NFWF Celebrates 20 Years of Coral Reef Conservation, Announces $1.2 Million in New Grants

Eleven grants will address threats and develop tools for restoration and management of coral reefs in U.S. and Caribbean waters

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Property

USA - Climate Crisis to Triple Flooding Threat for Low-Income Us Homes by 2050

A new study has found that affordable housing in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California will be at particular risk

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Waterways

USA - Saltwater Invasion: Driven by Rising Seas, the Threats to Drinking Water, Crops From Saltwater Are Growing in Maryland and Elsewhere in the U.S.

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.

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Property

USA - Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends With Records Driven by Climate Change

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.

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Energy

USA - Seadrill Files for Voluntary Chapter 11 Protection

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.

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Property

USA - How climate change could spark the next home mortgage disaster

Taxpayers are backing more than a trillion dollars in home mortgages, but the agencies buying them are neglecting to consider climate risks.

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Property

USA - The U.S. States Best and Least Positioned to Take on Climate Change

No state is entirely safe from the threat of natural disasters, but some stand a better chance of surviving the storm.

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Property

USA - 5 of the Worst Thanksgiving Storms in US History

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.

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Property

USA - NOAA Announces Record-Breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws to An End - Improved Forecasts, Extensive Preparedness Helped Protect Lives and Property

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.

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Property

USA - Riskiest Spot for Rising Seas Is 50 Miles From the Ocean

A new FEMA index considers socioeconomic factors in evaluating community disaster vulnerability

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Federal

USA - A Record-Breaking Year of Storms Calls for Big Investments on Our Coasts

The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act will restore and protect coastal areas that buffer communities and birds from climate change.

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Fisheries

USA - Shocks to Seafood

Research shows that typical seafood distribution in the United States dropped steeply at the start of the global pandemic

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Waterways

USA - New Grant Program to Protect Marine & Inland Waterways

Dart Container Corporation partners with UltraTech to provide grants to marinas, local governments

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Property

USA - Insurance Industry Studying Climate Change Risks

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.

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Federal

USA - Use ‘Blue Carbon’ to Reduce the Climate Crisis Threat | Opinion

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.

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Federal

USA - Biden's Treasury Pick May Be Key to Climate, Jobs, and Equality Agenda

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.

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Property

USA - Agents Embrace Effort to Expand Private Flood Insurance

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.

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Property

USA - Debunking Myths About Sustainable Sites, Climate Adaptation at Greenbuild

What are the most common misconceptions about the Sustainable Sites category in LEEDv4.1 and the ability to adapt to natural disasters?

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Advocacy

USA - To Save Nature, We Must Protect 30 Percent of US Ocean

Protecting 30 percent of the U.S. ocean is key to saving the diversity and abundance of life on Earth.

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Science

USA - Report Sounds an Alarm on Ongoing Decline of US Coral Reefs

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.

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Federal

USA - FEMA Is Modernizing Flood Insurance Program, but Data Quality Needs Improvement

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.

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Federal

USA - A First: US Federal Reserve Report Includes Climate Change Risks

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.

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Property

USA - Disaster Database Cements Itself as Go-to Hub for Natural Hazard Information

In Seattle, "the big one" -- a massive earthquake that could devastate the region -- represents an ominous threat.

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Property

USA - Hurricanes Are Lasting Longer, Staying Stronger Over Land

A new study is the first to look at how climate change may make hurricanes more destructive, even after they strike land.

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Federal

USA - America Needs a Fair and Forward-Thinking Water Bill

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.

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Federal

USA - Trump Removes Head of Climate Science Report

Michael Kuperberg had worked as executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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Energy

USA - Wind and Solar Are the New Cash Crops

We’re living in an era of big numbers and rapid shifts.

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Property

USA - Tropical Storm Theta Is Record-Breaking 29th Storm of 2020 — and There Could Be More

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.

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Property

USA - U.S. Endured Record Wildfires, Historic Hurricanes in October

Extreme weather events took the spotlight again in October as the nation saw raging wildfires, record hurricane activity and record snowfall in some parts.

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Property

USA - Progress Toward Managing Rising Seas

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.

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Federal

USA - The U.S. Has Officially Left the Paris Agreement. What Happens Next?

The withdrawal has been expected for years, but marks “a bitter moment,” experts say.

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Property

USA - Beating Back the Tides

It was a sight you don’t normally see: a jellyfish lying dead in the middle of a parking lot partly submerged in water. But this was no ordinary parking lot.

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Science

USA - NOAA to Enhance Weather Forecasting and Research With Artificial Intelligence

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.

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Property

USA - Climate Change Turns up the Heat for Property Owners

Flood and wildfire risks are increasing costs, but defensive measures are possible

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Waterways

USA - Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Moves to Houston

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.

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Property

USA - Elevating Houses Can Protect Against Damaging Floods. But How High is High Enough?

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.

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Federal

USA - From East to West on Election Eve, Climate Change—and Its Encroaching Peril—Are on Americans’ Minds

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.

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Federal

USA - Baker Institute-Led Group Develops Proposed Nationwide Protocol for Storing Carbon

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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Property

USA - More Durable Weather Radars Are Needed for an Era of Stronger Hurricanes

I occasionally use this space for editorial commentary. This piece is one of those moments.

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Federal

USA - NOAA Chief Scientist Booted for Asking a Trump-Appointee to Respect Scientific Integrity

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.

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Property

USA - USGS Unveils Mobile Flood Tool for the Nation

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.

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Property

USA - Zeta Barrels Northeast After Battering Storm-Weary Coast

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.

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Science

NM - Occidental Petroleum Partners With New Mexico State University on Produced Water Research

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.

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Property

USA - How the U.S. Could Be Smarter About Insuring Against Extreme Weather-Related Disasters

With parametric insurance, the full power of modern computing, data digitization, risk modeling and Artificial Intelligence meet.

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Aquaculture

USA - Conservation Titans Offer Lifeline to Oyster Aquaculture Sector

$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.

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USA - War on NOAA? A Climate Denier’s Arrival Raises Fears the Agency's Climate Mission Is Under Attack

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.

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Engineering

USA - Proposed Renewal of Nationwide Permits

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.

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Property

USA - Uncertainties Key to Balancing Flood Risk and Cost in Elevating Houses

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.

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Property

USA - The Climate Factor in CRE Investment Strategy

As losses mount and premiums rise, risks posed by extreme weather are drawing heightened scrutiny from industry stakeholders.

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Property

USA - ERDC Researchers Use Numerical Modeling to Assist With Hurricane Preparations

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.

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Property

USA - Floods Hit Renters Especially Hard

Most Tenants Get No Information About Flooding. It Can Cost Them Dearly

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Science

USA - Quantum Spatial Completes Data Collection for NOAA's Largest Coastal Mapping Project

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

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USA - Congress to Stop Ocean Damages

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today unveiled his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act at a virtual press conference with Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), and a range of bill endorsers.

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USA - Deadly Bacteria Lurk in Coastal Waters. Climate Change Increases the Risks.

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.

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USA - FEMA Ends Policy Favoring Flood Walls Over Green Protections

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.

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Federal

USA - EPA Chief Calls Plastic Waste "Top Priority"

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.

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USA - Hunting, Fishing Groups Release Statement on 30 by 30 Concept

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.

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Property

USA - Living In Harm's Way: Why Most Flood Risk Is Not Disclosed

Five years ago, the Obbink family decided to buy a house in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Property

USA - Prior Weather Linked to Rapid Intensification of Hurricanes Near Landfall

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.

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Property

USA - What to Know About Flooding Before You Move

When you start looking for a new place to live, there are a lot of factors that you probably consider. Flood risk should be one of them.

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Fisheries

USA - Research Underscores Toll of Human-Engineered Missouri River on Pallid Sturgeon

A new study of an endangered fish along the lower Missouri River paints a sobering picture of its future.

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Property

USA - Modeling the Cascading Infrastructure Impacts of Climate Change

New research highlights how interdependences among infrastructure systems like roads can complicate climate adaptation.

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Science

USA - GIS Toolbox for Estimating Wave Attenuation by Coastal Marshes Developed by NOAA Funded Study

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.

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Waterways

USA - US Awards $220 Million in Port Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $220 million in grants to ports in sixteen states and territories.

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Property

USA - Surfrider State of the Beach Report: States Hit Hardest by Extreme Weather and Climate Change Remain the Least Prepared

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.

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Fisheries

USA - Senators Urge NOAA to Resume Fish Surveys

Nineteen U.S. senators, led by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are asking NOAA Fisheries to resume research surveys in 2021.

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USA - Protection for the Rich, Retreat for the Poor

How the United States’ implementation of climate change adaptation programs is exacerbating inequality and breeding a new form of climate gentrification.

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Federal

USA - Congress Urged to Back AQUAA Act

Over 80 US organisations, including a wide range of leading seafood firms, have written to Washington in support of expanding the country’s seafood production through sustainable offshore aquaculture.

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USA - The Next President Must Tackle the Intertwined Crises of Racial Injustice and Climate Change

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.

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USA - U.S. House Working on Sea Level Rise Threats to Guam, CNMI

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.

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USA - Balancing Healthy Rivers and Hydropower

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.

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USA - The Fastest Growing Food Sector in the World Is One That America Is Not Producing

Offshore aquaculture would increase our seafood supply and create jobs. There’s no better time for Congress to act.

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USA - Mississippi River to Change Industry and Boating as Climate Change Takes Effect

The Mississippi River is changing, and it’s only making towboat captain Jeremy Runde’s job all the harder.

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USA - Nature Is Infrastructure: Our Nation Must Invest in It

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.

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USA - U.S. Hit by 16 Billion-Dollar Disasters This Year, So Far

September 2020 saw multiple hurricanes and tropical storms, destructive fires, record heat

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USA - New Satellite Data to Improve Burning Emissions Model

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.

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Advocacy

USA - Seismic Blasting Halted, Adding Another Protection for Endangered Right Whales

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.

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USA - NOAA Awards $10.3 Million for Research Into Harmful Algal Bloom

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.

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USA - Black and Hispanic People More Likely to Live in High-Risk Flood Zones, Study Finds

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.

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Property

USA - The Very Real Dangers of Coastal Living — And Why Businesses Just Don't Seem to Care

Property exposures increase along the coast even as insurers become wary of taking on coastal risk.

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Federal

USA - Army Corps Proposes New Nationwide Permits for Seaweed and FinFish Aquaculture and Updates Existing Nationwide Permit for Shellfish Aquaculture (With bonus ASPN Podcast)

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

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USA - Great Lakes Dredge books contracts worth $117.8 million

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.”

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USA - What will it take for FEMA to take climate change seriously?

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.

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USA - RECORD-BREAKING ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON UNDERWAY

NOAA SATELLITES PROVIDE CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR FORECASTING AND TRACKING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES

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USA - WRDA Should Make Cost-Share Change Permanent

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.

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Property

USA - Torrent Urges Expansion of NFIP

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.

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USA - NOAA Scientist: Warmer Oceans Will Mean Stronger Hurricanes

WASHINGTON - As if 2020 didn’t have enough going for it already, forecasters expect an especially busy hurricane season this year.

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USA - Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis

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.

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USA - Coastal Development, Changing Climate Threaten Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat

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.

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Waterways

USA - More Than $5.9 Mln Invested in Marine Debris Cleanup Projects

Matching grants bring total to $5.9 million for 23 projects across 18 U.S. states and territories

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USA - Conservation Groups Challenge Trump Administration’s Attack on the Power of States and Local Residents to Protect Clean Water

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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Property

USA - Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?

Millions of people rely on real estate websites when they're hoping to buy or rent a home.

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