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USA - DOE Announces $13.5 Million for Sustainable Development of Offshore Wind

Four Projects Will Support Environmental Monitoring and Advance Federal Goal to Deploy 30 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind by 2030

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USA - US to Hold Seven Offshore Wind Auctions in Next Three Years

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plans to organise up to seven new offshore wind lease sales by 2025, according to the country’s Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

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Federal

USA - NOAA is raising its climate profile, its head says

Richard W. Spinrad is the first Senate-confirmed administrator of NOAA in five years, which has its advantages in Washington.

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Advocacy

USA - Top fossil fuel lender JPMorgan joins UN climate action finance plan

As the largest U.S. bank and a major lender to the fossil fuel industry, JPMorgan has been criticized for not joining the group, which launched in April, sooner. The announcement comes ahead of next month's UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP 26, in Glasgow.

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Federal

USA - FEMA Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program Minimum Floodplain Management Standards

WASHINGTON -- FEMA published a notice today in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) minimum floodplain management standards.

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USA - With only weeks remaining, US Army preps for release of climate strategy

The service is preparing to release a new climate strategy with four key lines of effort, according to a memo obtained by Defense News outlining the plan.

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Advocacy

USA - The case for ocean optimism

With the health of the ocean under threat, a rallying cry for marine conservation goes global. Here is a good-news story

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Engineering

USA - Not a drill: Navy struggles to complete adaptation mission

The U.S. Navy is at war against a surging sea. It has yet to notch a victory.

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Science

World - Yale Researchers Say Atmospheric Rivers Are Stable For Now — But Change Is On The Way

Yale researchers are charting the course of mighty “rivers” in the sky that are holding steady in the face of climate change — for now.

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Advocacy

World - By land and by sea | Greenbiz

Farmers as a group don’t typically embrace change. Just ask Luis Lombana, CEO of Ficosterra, a Spanish marine biotechnology company that makes fertilizers from an unexpected source: seaweed.

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Energy

World - Innovation in floating wind will be crucial to the future of offshore energy

With offshore floating wind as a proven commercial reality, the challenges associated with the industry are now focused on delivering at scale, but there are still key innovation issues to be resolved across the industry.

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Federal

USA - US hit with 18 billion-dollar disasters so far this year

The United States saw an unprecedented 18 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in the first nine months of the year, according to scientists with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information.

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Engineering

USA - 25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds

As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country's infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. And as the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow.

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Engineering

NJ - Beach replenishment hurts the environment, subsidizes wealthy homeowners, group argues

A coalition of environmentalists, waterfront access advocates and surf fisherman gathered on the Jersey Shore Thursday to denounce beach replenishment as an exercise in futility that destroys natural ecosystems and subsidizes wealthy beachfront homeowners at taxpayers’ expense, particularly as worsening storms resulting form climate change demand investment in more permanent solutions to beach erosion.

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Property

USA - Coastal Flood Resilience Project Issues White Paper Entitled 'Reforming the Community Rating System'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 - The Coastal Flood Resilience Project has issued a 12-page white paper on Oct. 1, 2021, entitled: "Reforming the Community Rating System Within the National Flood Insurance Program".

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Justice

USA - Changing climate poses burden as people count on fishing

A warming climate leads to greater weather extremes and impacts the distribution of marine life in North Carolina’s coastal waters, scientists say.

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Property

USA - Reconfiguring Urban Shorelines for Resilience

Redeveloping and improving shoreline protection in urban areas is a significant infrastructure need in the United States. These areas are subject to continual damage due to storms, rising waters and the effects of climate change.

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Engineering

USA - Corps of Engineers considers nature-based flood control

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test the limits of concrete and steel.

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Waterways

World - E-methanol: Missing piece to shipping’s decarbonization puzzle?

Emerging net-zero-emissions methanol producer Liquid Wind to build 500 e-methanol plants by 2050

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Aquaculture

AUS - Artificial reefs attract more fish than natural reefs, research finds

Researchers say man-made reefs attract more baitfish then natural reefs and draw in huge numbers of predators ideal for recreational anglers.

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Science

How fussy eating and changing environments led to the diversity of sharks today (and spelled the end for megalodon)

Before humans and early primates, before dinosaurs, and even before trees, there were sharks. Sharks have been around for more than 400 million years (although how long exactly remains contested).

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Federal

USA - A sea of choices confronts Biden admin in ocean protection

When it comes to meeting its aggressive conservation pledge, the Biden administration appears to have a head start on protecting the United States’ oceans — after all, on paper, the nation is already more than two-thirds of the way to the goal.

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Science

World - Decade of climate breakdown saw 14 per cent of coral reefs vanish

Between 2009 and 2018, the continuous rise in sea temperature cost the world 14 per cent of its coral reefs – that’s more than the size of Australia’s reefs combined – a UN-backed report revealed on Tuesday.

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Property

USA - Cat exposed US property insurance rates soar again in Q3: MarketScout

Property insurance rates continue to soar higher for homes and businesses in catastrophe exposed regions of the United States, while coverage issues are increasingly emerging for those high-value buildings in peak catastrophe zones.

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