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USA - NOAA Awards Open Ocean Robotics Contracts for Uncrewed Systems

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) announced the award of three separate Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple-Award Contracts (MAC) from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Energy

USA - Wind opponents spread myth about dead whales

They claim the offshore wind is responsible for a spike in whale deaths. Experts don’t buy it, but interest groups backed by fossil fuel money are spreading false information.

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Federal

USA - Podcast: Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency

Welcome to The Georgia Politics Podcast! On the show today we discuss another recent SCOTUS ruling that will have far reaching implications on environmental regulation, but didn’t get as much publicity as some of the higher profile rulings last term.

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Energy

USA - DOE Announces Upcoming $14.5 Million Funding Opportunity to Advance Marine Energy Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is working to build a clean energy economy that benefits all Americans. Learn about our work in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation, and how you can become a Clean Energy Champion.

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Science

USA - Hurricane Lee, Climatology, Data Truncation and the News

Noon, September 16, 2023 – An Associated Press headline this morning trumpeted “Climate change could bring more monster storms like Hurricane Lee to New England.” I immediately went to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) website to see the most current conditions. Lee had been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone with 75 mph winds.

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Property

USA - Climate change poses increasing threat for dead as cemeteries flood

A delicate hand points heavenward on the carved headstone marking the grave of Sarah Ewen Stewart, “at rest” in her scenic island location on Florida’s Gulf Coast for more than 145 years.

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Federal

USA - Report: Rural, disadvantaged communities missing out on federal

Parts of our region are missing out on federal funding to help communities prepare for disasters and build climate resilience.

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Property

USA - California and Florida grew quickly on the promise of perfect climates in the 1900s – today, they lead the country in climate change risks

Images of orange groves and Spanish-themed hotels with palm tree gardens filled countless pamphlets and articles promoting Southern California and Florida in the late 19th century, promising escape from winter’s reach.

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Justice

USA - How the Country’s Largest Climate Bill Threatens to Leave Black Communities Behind

A clean energy transition that doesn't prioritize Black life cannot sustain itself long term, says climate policy expert Rhiana Gunn-Wright.

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Recreation

USA - America Has a Private-Beach Problem

A shockingly small portion of the shoreline is truly available to the public.

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Property

USA - 2023 Worst Year On Record For Billion-Dollar Climate Disasters, NOAA Says

TOPLINE This year is already the worst year on record for billion-dollar climate disasters in the U.S., a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said, as experts warn that extreme events are likely to become more frequent and intense unless drastic action is taken to curb human-driven climate change.

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Property

USA - Florida, other states want to move forward with flood insurance lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE — Florida and other states are trying to fend off an attempt by the Biden administration to end a lawsuit challenging changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that have led to higher premiums for many property owners.

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Property

USA - Opinion: Climate Change and the Insurance Industry

Stamato: ‘Our warming climate is pushing the insurance industry to the brink; its experience–and risk projections–might prompt climate change deniers, finally, to face the facts’

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Property

USA - Reinsurers waiting to see RMS 23 impact on already elevated US cat demand

The property cat market is still waiting to see how US insurers implement the new North Atlantic hurricane model from RMS into their underwriting, with the update pointing to increases of up to 30 percent in expected losses in Texas, the Gulf, Florida and Southeast states, which could drive incremental demand for limit.

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Property

USA - Mega-Rich Are Paying $600,000+ a Year to Insure Their Mansions Against Climate Disaster

"The growing insurance crisis illustrates the vital importance of seeing climate change as a risk to the entire financial system," said one watchdog group.

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Science

USA - What Happens to Animals in The Ocean During a Hurricane?

When strong hurricanes hit land, the uprooted trees, destroyed homes, and other devastation are highly visible. What happens in the marine environments where they churn water and disrupt sediment isn't always as obvious.

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Science

World - Carbon in the Oceans Is Altering the Micro-Fabric of Life

Humans are feeding the invisible world of ocean microbes a punishing diet of pollutants, boosting the impact of climate change and hastening the destruction of life as we know it

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Science

USA - NOAA’s Multi-Faceted Hurricane Data Collection Efforts Provide a Detailed View of Hurricanes Franklin and Idalia

As Hurricanes Franklin and Idalia strengthened in late August, NOAA scientists collected critical data from the air, sea surface, and underwater to enhance forecasts and increase scientific knowledge.

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Property

USA - Community Disaster Resilience Zones

Community Disaster Resilience Zones will build disaster resilience across the nation by driving federal, public and private resources to the most at-risk and in-need jurisdictions.

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Federal

USA - FEMA Designates First Communities to Receive Targeted Assistance for Hazards Resilience

WASHINGTON – Today, FEMA is announcing the initial designation of 483 census tracts that will be eligible for increased federal support to become more resilient to natural hazards and extreme weather worsened by the climate crisis.

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Advocacy

USA - New WOTUS rule leaves American wetlands vulnerable

A U.S. Supreme Court decision has forced the EPA to remove federal protections from approximately 63% of U.S. wetlands

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Federal

USA - BoatUS Foundation receives $10M NOAA Grant for Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Removal Program

A four-year, $10 million grant from NOAA’s Marine Debris Removal Program to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water aims to rid the nation’s shores of abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs), and remove the associated pollution, navigation and safety hazards that can harm waters for years.

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Science

USA - How do spaghetti plots work? Here’s how forecasters predict the paths of hurricanes

(WGHP) – Hurricane Idalia left behind a trail of damage in Florida’s Big Bend and dumped heavy rain across the Southeast, but how were forecasters able to forecast Idalia’s landfall and the storm’s journey back out into the Atlantic?

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