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Advocacy

USA - Yale Experts React to Major Federal Climate, Energy Investment

From clean electricity investment credit to environmental justice to funding for coastal ecosystem restoration, YSE faculty offer insight into how the Inflation Reduction Act may help us meet urgent environmental challenges — and where there’s still work to be done.

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Engineering

USA - NASA, GM Team to Robot for Deep Sea, Space Missions

A space exploration robot designed by NASA and General Motors (GM) is being deployed to an equally difficult-to-access and underexplored environment; the deep ocean.

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Property

AZ - Sedona will pay homeowners to not use homes as Airbnb rentals

A lack of available housing has prompted Sedona to pilot a program that incentivizes homeowners to lease out their homes to local workers.

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Energy

World - Big Oil Set to Cash in On Trillion-dollar Offshore Wind Prize

No longer in its infancy, offshore wind is a proven technology on course to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the global economy. Over the next decade, the industry will attract almost US$1 trillion in new investment.

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Waterways

USA - U.S. works with firms in supply chains to ease port congestion

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) said on Wednesday a supply chain pilot data-sharing project aimed at easing bottlenecks at congested U.S. ports has begun exchanging data and doubled in size.

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Science

World - Social equity is key to sustainable ocean governance

Calls to address social equity in ocean governance are expanding. Yet ‘equity’ is seldom clearly defined. Here we present a framework to support contextually-informed assessment of equity in ocean governance.

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Energy

USA - US Offshore Wind Industry Hails Senate's Passage of New Clean Energy Legislation

On 7 August, the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a legislative package resulting from the initially introduced and (re)negotiated Build Back Better Act, which encompasses provisions on climate and energy transition, taxes, and healthcare.

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Science

World - Local stakeholder involvement key to understanding protection level of marine protected areas

Knowledge provided by local stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations, academics, civil servants, journalists, and fishers can be valuable for evaluating the effectiveness of countries' marine protected areas (MPAs).

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Aquaculture

USA - The case for land-based bivalve farming

While the oceans are still hugely efficient at producing bivalves such as mussels and oysters, it would be complacent not to consider a future when producing them in urban environments had its merits.

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Fisheries

USA - Offshore wind and fisheries can coexist today to best address the challenges of tomorrow

The ocean off the American coastline is a vital national resource, and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harness it in a manner that both feeds and powers the country.

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Federal

USA - Commentary: The new climate bill's ripple effect on oceans

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), announced in late July by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., includes $369 billion in tax incentives to boost wind, solar and other clean energy.

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Federal

USA - EPA Kicks Off Tour of Iconic Waters, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

SEATTLE (August 5, 2022)—Today at an event in Seattle, Washington, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox joined EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Northwest Casey Sixkiller, Washington Department of Ecology Director Laura Watson and local leaders to kick off the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act celebration tour.

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Science

USA - USACE Engineering With Nature program recognized with international award

VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature (EWN) program was recently recognized by the U.K. Environment Agency.

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Federal

USA - How the Senate’s Big Climate Bill Eliminates 4 Billion Tons of Emissions

The Inflation Reduction Act would avoid 24 tons of climate emissions for every new ton it creates, say researchers who have analyzed the legislation.

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Property

USA - As climate change threatens more homes, some properties are getting too costly to insure

As climate change threatens the U.S. with more natural disasters, it’s becoming increasingly costly for Americans to insure their homes, experts say. Homeowners insurance premiums rose by 12.1% nationwide, compared to one year ago, but surges have been higher in disaster-prone states, according to Policygenius.

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Science

USA - NOAA still expects above-normal Atlantic hurricane season - Preparedness is key during the peak months of hurricane season

Atmospheric and oceanic conditions still favor an above-normal 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, according to NOAA’s annual mid-season update issued today by the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

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Property

USA - New report quantifies the costs of buying a home that has previously flooded

Buying a property that has a history of flooding can cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

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Engineering

LA - Our Views: With the Army Corps' help, a river still runs through Baton Rouge and New Orleans

Berating the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of our favorite spectator sports here in Louisiana, especially since the disastrous flooding of Hurricane Katrina, 17 years ago this month.

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Federal

USA - NOAA's Nicole LeBoeuf: Let’s create a more equitable climate-ready nation

This spring, the world watched as two vacation homes in North Carolina were swallowed by the Atlantic Ocean and broken to bits on the sand. It wasn’t the first time that a camera recorded such destruction. What made the event startling was that it didn’t result from a hurricane or other natural disaster but from a strong, slow-moving but otherwise unremarkable storm.

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Property

USA - Floods are getting more common. Do you know your risk?

Caribbean nations need rich countries to pay their fair share of climate finance, not market measures that let polluters off the hook

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Engineering

USA - How flood maps can illuminate the risk from toxic waste sites

The strongest predictor that a neighborhood contains a flood-prone site of former industrial pollution is the proportion of nonwhite and non-English-speaking residents.

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Federal

USA - Senate should pass FEMA reimbursement bill this hurricane season

The Florida Panhandle’s recovery after Hurricane Michael in 2018 has been nothing short of extraordinary — and costly. After the Category 5 storm swept across northwest Florida, cities were left with millions of yards of debris, loss of homes and businesses, and damaged infrastructure. Local governments had to act quickly to assist residents and restore critical services such as water, power and sewage treatment.

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