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International
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Pacific nuclear waste site was put under a dome - and the dome is cracking

At 6.45am on March 1, 1954, the blue sky stretching over the south Pacific Ocean was split open by an enormous red flash.

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Will Congress Find the Political Will to Fix Our Federal Flood Insurance System?

Major reforms are needed to the federal program that assesses flood risk, but Congress just punted — for the 11th time — on an opportunity to fix it.

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5G will make weather forecasts worse, warns NOAA

Weather forecasts in the US could be in trouble, as the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – the guys in charge of flogging off the wireless spectrum for the 5G network to be developed – are being warned by meteorologists that it could make weather reports around the world less accurate.

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Lawmakers call for the release of $16B in disaster funds

A bipartisan group of coastal lawmakers are calling on the federal government to release $16 billion in disaster relief funding within 60 days.

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House-Passed Hurricane, Farm Disaster Aid Bill Includes Flood Insurance Extension

The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico.

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House passes $19-billion disaster aid bill over Trump opposition

The House on Friday passed a $19-billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers and victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico.

Gulf of Mexico
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge adds more land

USFWS, the Conservation Fund, and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources expand Alabama's coastal National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic & Antarctica
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VT Halter Marine Details $745 M Coast Guard Icebreaker Bid

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Coast Guard’s next icebreaker is based on a German research vessel, features a unique Finnish propulsion design and is driven by American diesels, shipbuilder VT Halter Marine told USNI News on Tuesday.

Arctic & Antarctica
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U.S. Pressure Blocks Declaration on Climate Change at Arctic Talks

ROVANIEMI, Finland — Under pressure from the United States, the Arctic Council issued a short joint statement on Tuesday that excluded any mention of climate change.

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FEMA Head Urges Americans to Better Prepare for Disasters

The start of the 2019 hurricane season is only four weeks away. So now is the time to prepare for our fair share of Atlantic and Gulf Coast storms, which seem to grow in number and devastation each year.

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Hurricane hunters gear up for mean season

The Rhode Island visit of two hurricane hunting aircraft is part of a five-state NOAA tour during National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricane season starts June 1 and continues until Nov. 30.

Gulf of Mexico
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife cracking down on condo lights impacting sea turtle hatching

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The US Fish and Wildlife Service is cracking down on Alabama beachfront condominiums with lighting that's impacting sea turtle nesting and hatching.

Arctic & Antarctica
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Pompeo says shrinking Arctic sea ice presents 'new opportunities for trade'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the Arctic, a region that has been significantly impacted by climate change, presents "opportunity and abundance" when it comes to economic opportunity.

Gulf of Mexico
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Matagorda County to reap rewards from GOMESA

Matagorda County stands to receive $901,868.30 that will be disbursed by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) in FY 2018 energy revenues to the four Gulf oil and gas producing states.

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'Disgusted.' Why Americans Are Still Waiting on Congress for Disaster Relief

Americans have seen a series of devastating hurricanes and deadly wildfires over the past few years, but millions of people are still desperately waiting for help as a $14 billion federal disaster relief bill is still stalled—in part due to a clash between President Trump and Democrats over how much money should go to Puerto Rico.

Arctic & Antarctica
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US climate scepticism irks Arctic foreign ministers

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is to meet Russia's minister of foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov on Monday (6 May) in Rovaniemi, the main city in Finland's Arctic region, amidst tensions over both climate change and Chinese ambitions in the polar region.

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Sen. Wyden (D-OR) colleagues intro bill to overhaul energy tax code

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and 25 colleagues introduced legislation Thursday to overhaul the federal tax code to support an innovative, low-carbon economy.

Gulf of Mexico
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Cameron, Willacy County awarded funds for shoreline projects

Texas - On Thursday Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Cameron and Willacy County are among many coast line counties receiving funds from his office for projects helpful to restoring the coast.

Mid-Atlantic
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FEMA reimbursement process proves slow

CARTERET COUNTY — More than seven months after Hurricane Florence, local governments are still awaiting the bulk of reimbursement funds for debris cleanup and other immediate recovery efforts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Arctic & Antarctica
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A Warmer Arctic Presents Challenges and Opportunities

As Arctic ice melts, we can physically see glaciers retreating. But what we can’t yet see is the exact effect climate change will have on the environment, humans, economies, and national security. Less ice for longer periods each year will likely bring opportunities and related challenges as Arctic and non-Arctic states jockey for position.

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The Military, Not the White House, Is Readying for Climate Change

The Pentagon seems at odds with the president over how best to prepare for climate-related extreme weather. Listen to American Shoreline Podcast interview with Dr. William Parker, President and CEO of the National Defense University Foundation, on military preparedness for climate change (Link at the bottom of the article).

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CLIMATE: Senate Republican heeds Whitehouse's 'wake up' pleas (with Whitehouse Interview)

After delivering more than 200 Senate floor speeches warning Americans it's "time to wake up" to the risks of climate change, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse hit a key milestone Tuesday in his yearslong campaign: He was joined by a Republican. Listen to the American Shoreline Podcast interview with Senator Whitehouse from Earth X (Find the link at the bottom of the story).

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Senators seek to preserve Sea Grant program from Trump budget cuts

A group of 25 U.S. Senators signed a letter last week to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to save a federal program they claim has helped the domestic seafood trade and coastal communities.

Gulf of Mexico
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Indiana University awarded 10-year, $40M contract to manage NOAA's N-Wave network

GlobalNOC to continue as contractor for N-Wave, which transports weather forecasting, severe storm modeling, climate and ocean data

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Opinion: FEMA about to unveil Risk Rating 2.0 Flood Insurance details

Recently, news broke about the rollout of Risk Rating 2.0, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s redesign of National Flood Insurance Program and how it will determine rates for flood insurance. The Massachusetts Coastal Coalition has followed Risk Rating 2.0 since the beginning of its development.

Gulf of Mexico
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GOMESA: Dept. of Interior Announces $214.9 Million for Gulf state Coastal Projects

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt announced that the Department will disburse nearly $215 million in FY 2018 energy revenues to the four Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and their coastal political subdivisions (CPS) – an increase of 14.3 percent over the prior year.

Gulf of Mexico
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Army Corps responds to Lido Beach lawsuit

The agency denied that it broke federal laws in granting permssion for dredging to renourish Lido Beach

Arctic & Antarctica
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Coast Guard plans to add resources in Arctic to counter Russia, China

April 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard wants to add resources to the Arctic because "dramatic changes in the physical environment" of the region have allowed China and Russia to become more competitive there.

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NOAA, BOEM tool brings ocean data to your fingertips

A new web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning created by NOAA and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is giving everyone from ocean industries to coastal managers, students, as well as the general public the opportunity to be an ocean explorer from their own computer.

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FEMA Transfers More Flood Risk with $300 Million Cat Bond

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has again turned to private reinsurance markets to help strengthen the financial framework of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Gulf of Mexico
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Scientists Upgrade Hurricane Michael To Category 5

After months spent poring over data, the National Hurricane Center announced that it has upgraded Hurricane Michael to a rare Category 5.

Southeast
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North Carolina: State Files Comments on WOTUS Rule

RALEIGH – The state Department of Environmental Quality and Attorney General Josh Stein have submitted comments on behalf of North Carolina in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of water quality regulations.

Northeast
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Massachusetts: Feds plan waterfowl, coyote hunts in Monomoy refuge

CHATHAM – For the first time since the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1944, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to allow the hunting of migratory waterfowl and coyote inside the refuge.

Gulf of Mexico
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With 33 remaining, Feds list Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whales as endangered

A rare baleen whale found in the Gulf of Mexico has gained protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale is a subspecies of the Bryde’s whale and one of the most endangered whales in the world, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Climate Change Will Cost U.S. Hundreds of Billions, EPA Scientists Say

Damage to coastal property, primarily on the Gulf and East coasts, will total $120 billion per year by 2090. Labor productivity lost to warmer temperatures will amount to $155 billion.

Gulf of Mexico
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Padre Island National Seashore officially dedicated 51 years ago today

The Padre Island National Seashore is the longest in the national parks system with more than 130,000 acres.

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Funding For Coastal Resiliency Available To Local Communities

The National Coastal Resilience Fund will award up to $29 million in grant funding to enhance coastal communities’ natural defenses against severe weather and flooding ​

International
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Manganese nodules: Desired mineral resource and important habitat

The JPIO project MiningImpact investigates deep-sea ecosystems in the central Pacific Ocean

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Climate Change and the Federal Reserve

Climate change describes the current trend toward higher average global temperatures and accompanying environmental shifts such as rising sea levels and more severe storms, floods, droughts, and heat waves.

Northeast
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LONG ISLAND, NY: How 2020 revamp of federal flood insurance rates could affect you

Location and rebuild cost are driving the new rates, FEMA and industry experts said. The overhaul has both support and criticism.

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NOAA Funding Likely To Be Reduced By 17%

The funding of the NOAA is likely to get reduced by 17 % in the plan of 2020 budget of the Trump administration. The task of NOAA is to purchase and handle the weather satellites. In 2020 budget, Trump has requested the Congress for a $1.47bn funding for NESDIS on March 11. This can be compared with the $1.77bnomnibus legislation, 2019 which was approved in February. The blueprint of the 2020 budget allocates NOAA almost $218 million.

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NFWF Announces Release of the National Coastal Resilience Fund 2019 Request for Proposals

The National Coastal Resilience Fund will award up to $29 million in grant funding to enhance coastal communities’ natural defenses against severe weather and flooding ​

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Why Billions in Disaster Recovery Remain Unspent for 2017 Hurricanes

A new GAO report signals bad news for places that will try to rebuild after the Midwest flooding.

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Coastal Barrier Resources Act: New Conservation Plan Sparks Fight Over Sand

Beach communities that rely on dredging to replenish protective dunes object to expanded federal protections

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Louisiana Republican Seeks to ‘Redefine’ Climate Change for GOP

Rep. Garret Graves steps into new role as ranking Republican of House select climate committee. Graves has earned respect of coastal conservationists

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Flood insurance update likely to impact Louisiana residents

BATON ROUGE -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced a major plan to overhaul how risk is assessed in the National Flood Insurance Program, which could mean major changes for Louisiana homeowners, but details remain murky and state officials say they’re holding out hope for an ultimately positive outcome.

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Coastal Conservation Plan Sparks Fight Over Sand

Beach communities that rely on dredging to replenish protective dunes object to expanded federal protections

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FEMA Gave Private Contractor Personal Data on 2.3 Million Hurricane, Wildfire Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday.

International
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Will Large Protected Areas Save the Oceans or Politicize Them?

In the last decade, governments have been pushing to create vast Marine Protected Areas large enough to protect species from overfishing and other threats. But critics are questioning whether the creation of these large protected areas is driven more by geopolitics than conservation.

Northeast
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No ’19 Federal Beach Replenishment for Stone Harbor

STONE HARBOR - Federal hydraulic beach replenishment projects on Seven Mile Island have always encompassed the neighboring boroughs of Avalon and Stone Harbor. Not so in 2019.

Gulf of Mexico
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USACE - Galveston to Host Stakeholder Partnering Forum

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District will meet with non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners at Texas A&M Galveston Wednesday, March 27, to collaborate on programs ranging from the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study, to Bi-partisan budget Act of 2018 civil works projects.

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EPA head acknowledges climate change, but says most threats ’50 to 75 years out’

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler appeared on CBS for the first network interview since his confirmation, and while he acknowledged the human contribution to climate change, he also said most threats are “50 to 75 years out.”

Gulf of Mexico
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Louisiana Braces for New National Flood Insurance Program Rules

As FEMA works out new NFIP rules, residents and officials look forward to more accurate mapping, but worry that the price of flood insurance for some property owners may significantly increase.

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$3 Billion Deal: BMT to support US ocean and atmospheric agency

BMT has been named a prime awardee on ProTech Oceans Domain, a $3bn multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract serving the National Ocean Service (NOS), part of US-based scientific agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Summary And Analysis Of The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act

Over the last several decades, cities and other municipal entities (such as water reclamation districts) that own and operate wastewater treatment plants and sewer systems have been subjected to additional and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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THEY PUT MONEY ON IT: The Trump administration could finally recognize climate change—for flood insurance

Economists have found that when money is at stake, companies whose future depends on the weather are more likely to tie their decisions to the scientific consensus on climate change.

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‘This program is sick.' Fight brews over flood insurance

Efforts in Congress to overhaul an embattled insurance program that covers millions of properties against flood damage were jolted yesterday by a plan to make taxpayers pay $20 billion in cost overruns.

Gulf of Mexico
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Victims of 2016 Louisiana Flooding Sue Trump Administration Over Aid

Two Louisiana homeowners have sued President Donald Trump’s administration for policy change delays that have kept thousands of victims of a massive 2016 flood from receiving federal aid.

Gulf of Mexico
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FEMA denies St. Lucie County's $9.5 million claim for beach repairs after Hurricane Irma

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — County officials are scrambling to find $14.8 million to repair erosion damage to south- county beaches after Federal Emergency Management Agency rescinded $9.5 million it had promised for the project.

Southeast
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Trump budget falls short on Everglades work and omits planning for a new reservoir

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget slashes spending by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by 31 percent and fails to include money for an Everglades reservoir aimed at reducing polluted water flushed from Lake Okeechobee to coastal estuaries.

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Trump budget seeks cuts in science funding

NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Energy Department are among the agencies affected. The Trump budget proposes to eliminate three environmental programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Jacobs replaces Gaullaudet as interim head of NOAA

Neil Jacobs, an atmospheric scientist, has taken the helm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), replacing Timothy Gallaudet in the interim leadership role, in case you missed it.

Southeast
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Corps looking to lower Lake O this rainy season to avoid fouling Florida coasts

To avoid another summer of slime, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may drain the lake blamed for polluting Florida coasts even lower than usual as the start of the wet season draws near.

Caribbean
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Virgin Islands Storm Repairs May Be Jeopardized by FEMA, Contractors Dispute

Companies rebuilding storm-damaged homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands under a federally funded program say they haven’t been paid in months and are threatening to place liens on the houses.