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USA - Revealing climate change inequities, redress, and environmental justice

In response to increased climate disasters — tropical storms, sea-level rise, drought, wildfires, and other events — major climate adaptation projects around the world are producing inequitable land use plans and projects in urban regions, according to Linda Shi, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning.

Mid-Atlantic
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NY - Lawsuit: East Side resiliency project ‘a profound act of discrimination’

A new lawsuit in the fight over East River Park charges that Mayor de Blasio and his administration are not promoting equity but — just the opposite — massive discrimination via the contract awarded for the park’s embattled coastal-resiliency project.

Southeast
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FL - Segregated Sand: Florida's Beaches in the Civil Rights Movement

Vickie Oldham, president of the SAACC, said Sarasota’s history of desegregating Lido beach is one of the most important civil rights stories coming out of the city.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Infrastructure plan makes historic investments in tribal coastal resiliency

The United States faces a profound climate crisis. From drought and wildfires to winds and flooding, increasingly extreme weather events are transforming where and how we live and present growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us.

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NY - Two Activists Arrested as City Begins East River Park Demolition for Coastal Resiliency

The battle between activists and the city spilled into East River Park yesterday, as construction officially commenced on the southerly leg of the East Side Coastal Resilience Project.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - “Celebrating resilience is glossing over the deep harm and repetitive trauma these communities are experiencing”

16 years to the day that Katrina tore through Louisiana, Hurricane Ida reversed the flow of the Mississippi River and blew thousands of roofs off buildings. Ida’s 150 mph winds in August 2021 tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland US and left more than a million households without power.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Stillaguamish Tribe buys Triangle Cove on Camano to preserve estuary

An additional 219 acres of local estuary area is set to be protected in perpetuity, adding to a growing portfolio of protected tidal marshland key to helping endangered salmon.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Scientists and Native People Jointly Study Sea-Ice Declines Threatening Seal Hunts

Climate change has severely reduced the length of the seal hunting season in a rural Alaska village, potentially threatening a key feature of the community’s way of life. Several new scientific studies, designed and carried out with members of the village, give a close-up look at exactly what is happening.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Environmentalists: SpaceX's negative impacts on Boca Chica are clear and numerous

Just mere months after its first destructive ground-level rocket explosion in the Rio Grande Valley, SpaceX is seeking expansion permits from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make way for Starship/Super Heavy, the largest rocket in history. The FAA released a faulty analysis on SpaceX that says its expansion will not have a significant impact on the community. This is absolutely false as SpaceX’s negative impacts are clear and numerous.

International
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CN - An underwater mystery on Canada's coast

Tens of thousands of wooden stakes poking up from British Columbia's shoreline have smashed a long-held stereotype of Canada's First Nation people.

International
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World - Opinion: Transformational opportunities for an equitable ocean commons

A frontier mentality has been a defining aspect of human history. Often this sentiment is optimistically framed in the language of aspirations and opportunities. But it can also be accompanied by unsavory narratives of over-exploitation, inequity, and conflict (1).

Coastwide
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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.

International
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PI - Women on storm-hit Philippine island spearhead Indigenous effort to restore mangroves

Almost eight years after Typhoon Haiyan barreled into Busuanga Island in the western Philippines, the lesson it left is still etched in the mind of village leader Annabel Dela Cruz. For her and other Indigenous women in the village of Quezon on Busuanga’s northern coast, keeping their mangrove forest intact is now seen as a matter of survival amid the climate crisis.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - The Link Between Racial Segregation and Environmental Injustice

Although the environmental justice movement has documented the racial inequities that determine resource distribution, land policies and health outcomes in the U.S., the legacy of exclusionary housing and zoning policies largely remains unaddressed, writes a University of Iowa law professor Shannon Roesler.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Judge recommends tribe be allowed to hunt gray whales off Washington state

Makah chairman welcomes ruling opposed by animal welfare groups and says: ‘We’re doing it for spiritual and cultural reasons’

West Coast
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CA - Former Black-Owned Beachfront In California Has Been Legally Returned To Descendants After 100 Years

A legal battle to give proper ownership back to the descendants of a formerly Black-owned beachfront in California has been going on since earlier this summer, and thankfully Governor Gavin Newsom has officially enacting a bill that will return rights back to the living heirs of Willa and Charles Bruce.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Karankawa people, once thought extinct, reclaim their culture on Texas coast

Historians long thought the Karankawa people had disappeared. But now a group of descendants is fighting to protect a coastal area — where thousands of Karankawa artifacts were found — from an encroaching oil export facility.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Louisiana’s Indigenous communities are watching the coast disappear

Fighting for their sovereignty, Tribes seek relief in the face of sea-level rise and a growing climate crisis.

Southeast
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SC - Proposed sea wall project could leave low-income areas vulnerable

A massive, $1.75 billion project proposal to build a flood wall around a large portion of the Charleston peninsula, protecting vulnerable coastal land from rising sea levels, has been in the works since April 2020.