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USA - EPW Committee Announces Markup of Water Resources Development Act

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee leaders rolled out a bipartisan water resources bill on April 29 that would authorize about $24.6 billion in federal funds for 21 Army Corps of Engineers flood and hurricane protection, harbor dredging and other projects around the country.

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Science

CA - Stanford gets $1B for climate change school from John Doerr

Stanford University will launch a new school focusing on climate change thanks to a $1.1 billion gift from billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann, the university announced Tuesday.

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USA - After the Flood

Climate resiliency, in practice, is slow, frustrating, expensive, and so very necessary

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Federal

USA - Justice Department Launches Comprehensive Environmental Justice Strategy

The Justice Department announced Thursday it is taking a “series of actions to secure environmental justice for all Americans.” It includes a new office that will prioritize environmental justice and the climate crisis.

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Energy

USA - Climate Terms in Permit Rule to Add Delays, Energy Lawyers Say

Industry lawyers are warning that the climate change provisions of the Biden administration’s new environmental permitting rules will throw more proposed projects into the courts—potentially jeopardizing the very projects the White House wants to promote.

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USA - Insurance premiums are rising fast in these flood-prone states, and it’s far from over

During the pandemic-fueled Great Migration of people moving from coastal cities to warmer and more affordable states, Florida and Texas came out big winners. But while populations are booming in these states, more homeowners there than any others are seeing their insurance premiums soar.

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USA - Let's bury our CO2. What could possibly go wrong?

We did not act early enough on climate change, and we continue to burn through our carbon budget too fast. As a result, we are faced with the need to capture and store away increasingly large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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Justice

USA - John Oliver Breaks Down Environmental Racism in the U.S. on 'Last Week Tonight'

On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the eponymous host is known for taking intimidating, complicated, and hot-button topics, and synthesizing them into concise, easy-to-understand, and hilarious 20-minute television segments. On the newest episode, John Oliver breaks down environmental racism, educating millions of viewers on this issue plaguing the U.S., highlighting how we will never truly tackle the climate crisis without also fighting for climate justice.

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Science

World - Sea Levels Are Creeping Up, But Some Beaches Are Getting Bigger. Here's Why

In a warmer world, rising sea levels could render many coastlines, beaches, and reef islands uninhabitable, or destroy them altogether. The 1.09℃ Earth has warmed since pre-industrial times has already heightened seas by 20 centimeters.

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Advocacy

World - Robert Sulnick: With Oceans Rising, ‘Adaptations’ Are Not a Solution

Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in the world, largely because of its stunning coastline. As our planet warms, our coastline will present an ever increasing threat to our way of life.

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World - Dumping treated nuclear wastewater in Pacific Ocean not recommended | University of Hawaiʻi System News

Japan has proposed discharging treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, and an independent panel of global experts on nuclear issues was developed to support Pacific nations in their consultations. Robert Richmond, a research professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and director of the Kewalo Marine Laboratory, was one of five experts selected to join the panel.

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Engineering

World - Oyster Reefs a Natural Solution to Storm Surges and Coastal Protection - NUI Galway study

There are many reasons to love oysters, and now an NUI Galway scientist has suggested another one.

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Federal

USA - Heads up! Proposals for potential studies and projects are being accepted for the 2023 Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development. Proposals will be accepted for 120 days

Annually, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts information sessions on the Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development, discussing the open Federal Register notice that invites non-Federal agencies to submit proposals for projects to be considered for the Report to Congress on Future Water Resources.

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Federal

USA - New USACE tools improve wetland delineation accuracy and efficiency

The ADS streamline wetland delineation data collection and reporting, facilitating responsible natural resource management and providing a valuable tool for the public.

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Engineering

World - Engineers use artificial intelligence to capture the complexity of breaking waves

Their model’s predictions should help researchers improve ocean climate simulations and hone the design of offshore structures.

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Advocacy

USA - Pew Launches Blue Carbon Network to Help States Address Climate Change

Effort seeks to leverage coastal habitats’ greenhouse gas capture and storage capacity, as well as adaptation benefits

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World - NOAA report: 2021 set records for greenhouse gases

A new report shows that methane, the second-most potent greenhouse gas, set records in 2021.

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Advocacy

World - Small solutions, big impacts: 5 community-based projects tackling climate change

There are thousands of small-scale, community driven initiatives making a huge difference in people’s lives and contributing to efforts to curb global warming.

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Science

World - Sweet spots in the sea: Mountains of sugar under seagrass meadows

Seagrasses play an important role in the climate. They are one of the most efficient sinks of carbon dioxide on Earth. A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology now reports that seagrasses release large amounts of sugar, largely in the form of sucrose, into their soils—worldwide more than 1 million tons of sucrose, enough for 32 billion cans of coke.

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Engineering

USA - Request for Proposals: Contract to Provide Engineering Support Services for the National Coastal Resilience Fund

OVERVIEW - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) seeks a qualified Contractor to provide engineering technical support for NFWF’s ongoing evaluation of large-scale coastal restoration and other nature-based coastal resilience projects funded through the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF).

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USA - Biden Administration Walks Back Key Trump Era NEPA Regulation Changes

CEQ explains that these changes are necessary to “help ensure the proper scope of analysis that NEPA requires, including analysis of effects on climate change, communities with environmental justice concerns, and wildlife.”

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World - The relationship between ecosystem services and human modification displays decoupling across global delta systems

Abstract -- The ties between a society and its local ecosystem can decouple as societies develop and replace ecosystem services such as food or water regulation via trade and technology. River deltas have developed into important, yet threatened, urban, agricultural and industrial centres.

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USA - Climate adaptation is going to be a disaster

The recent IPCC report is clear: To the extent that the world cannot avoid climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, humanity must learn to live in a warmer climate, a process often referred to as adaptation.

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