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US - We can't let sand mining threaten storm-buffering, natural infrastructure

The historic confirmation of U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland certainly brings new perspective to this critical department. One of her first tasks should be an examination of a significantly weakened law that has protected this nation’s storm-buffering, natural infrastructure for decades.

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US - Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Bolster Resiliency of U.S. Ports

The bill also increases the percentage of funding set aside for inland ports to assist ports with infrastructure projects.

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Engineering

World - Coastal Protection Can Significantly Reduce Migration From Sea Level Rise

Protecting densely populated coastal areas, such as river deltas or megacities, from sea-level rise with dikes and seawalls will likely limit land loss and migration of people away from the coasts.

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World - Apple, Conservation International introduce mangrove carbon credit

There’s a fresh nature-based carbon project in town, and she’s getting attention from corporations with ambitious net-zero goals. Her name? Mangroves, a type of tree species and coastal forest ecosystem native to the tropics and subtropics.

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World - “How do we manage fisheries in the midst of climate change?” Q&A with EDF’s Eric Schwaab

Eric Schwaab, who current serves as the Senior Vice President of Ecosystems and Oceans at Environmental Defense Fund, says there are solutions to the ocean challenges we’ve created.

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Engineering

US - Great Lakes Reports First Quarter Results

HOUSTON, May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (Nasdaq: GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

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Engineering

UK - Strathclyde Uni Researchers to Trial Pioneering New Ship Propulsion System

Initial trials show the propulsion system has “remarkable” fuel-saving potential.

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Science

World - Mangroves and seagrasses absorb microplastics

Mangroves and seagrasses grow in many places along the coasts of the world, and these 'blue forests' constitute an important environment for a large number of animals. Here, juvenile fish can hide until they are big enough to take care of themselves; crabs and mussels live on the bottom; and birds come to feed on the plants.

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World - Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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Science

World - Two of the Most Destructive Forces of Nature – Earthquakes and Tsunamis – May Be a Bigger Threat Than Thought

Two of the most destructive forces of nature — earthquakes and tsunamis — might actually be more of a threat than current estimates according to new research conducted by scientists at The University of New Mexico and the Nanyang Technological University.

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US - NOAA unveils new U.S. climate ‘normals’ that are warmer than ever

The official calculation of what constitutes “normal” U.S. climate has been updated — and to virtually nobody’s surprise, it’s a warmer picture than ever before.

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Fisheries

US - The Ultimate Guide to Digging for Clams

With a few basic tools and some know-how, you can collect a pile of seafood in no time

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GA - Ocean Visions 2021 Summit to Showcase and Explore Diverse Solutions for Pressing Ocean Challenges

Summit to feature prominent researchers, innovators, decision-makers, and funders on cutting edge of creating and advancing solutions in ocean-climate nexus.

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Science

US - How Navy money changed the course of sea science

A history of US oceanography reveals the ways in which military funding influenced discovery.

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Waterways

World - A Summer of Sold-Out Ships Awaits as Sea Cargo Chaos Intensifies

Container shipping rates are heading higher again, driven to new heights by unrelenting consumer demand and company restocking from Europe to the U.S. that are exhausting the world economy’s capacity to move goods across oceans.

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World - How can we finance climate adaptation? Nature-based solutions to the Americas' climate change risks

The concepts of 'natural capital' and 'nature-based solutions' are gaining attention in the global capital markets, as public and private sector issuers consider ways to finance projects to enhance their physical asset resiliency to climate change or support reforestation and native species regeneration.

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Tourism

US - Key tourist destinations rethink their reliance on cruising

On April 12, activists in Juneau, Alaska, filed paperwork to limit cruise traffic to the city's picturesque port, where more than 1.2 million passengers disembarked in 2019. When cruising returns, it's expected to host about 620 ships, bringing more than 1.3 million to the last frontier state.

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World - Researchers find climate change impacts plankton, a key marine food source

A key type of zooplankton's inability to adapt to climate change could have adverse implications for marine food chains across the world if a severe global warming event were to occur, researchers at Oxford University have found.

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Engineering

US - A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy

A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy (Publication Date: May 20, 2021) edited by Carolyn Kousky, Billy Fleming, and Alan M. Berger, identifies a bold new research and policy agenda for coastal adaptation and provides implementable options to help protect coastal communities against increased risk while preserving their economic value, natural environments, and cultural values.

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Energy

US - DOI’s Regulation of Offshore Wind Leases Coming Into Clearer Focus With Recent MOA

After a slow start, the offshore wind industry in the United States is finally poised to take off.

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Advocacy

World - Time is running out for embattled Pacific leatherback sea turtles

Marine biologists warn that the western Pacific leatherback could go extinct without immediate conservation measures and transnational cooperation.

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Waterways

World - Shipping Containers Are Falling Overboard at a Rapid Rate

Containers piled high on giant vessels carrying everything from car tires to smartphones are toppling over at an alarming rate, sending millions of dollars of cargo sinking to the bottom of the ocean as pressure to speed deliveries raises the risk of safety errors.

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Property

USA - A Breakdown of FEMA’s New Flood Insurance Rating Procedures

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for pinpointing high-risk zones where property owners with federally backed mortgages must purchase flood insurance. The problem is, as reported last summer, FEMA's maps of areas required to hold flood insurance have historically proved unreliable.

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