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Gulf of Mexico
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USA - Kennedy, Cassidy Propose Plan to Increase Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales

Louisiana's U.S. senators are spearheading an attempt to require the federal government to hold two lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico each year — a move the senators say would protect jobs and secure conservation funding.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Louisiana Wants Billions for Hurricane Risk Reduction Included in Federal Appropriations Bill

Louisiana coastal officials are pushing the state’s congressional delegation to support an expected emergency supplemental appropriation bill aimed at this year’s record-breaking hurricane season to provide money for emergency repairs to beaches, barrier islands and other wetland restoration projects.

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USA - A Record-Breaking Year of Storms Calls for Big Investments on Our Coasts

The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act will restore and protect coastal areas that buffer communities and birds from climate change.

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USA - Use ‘Blue Carbon’ to Reduce the Climate Crisis Threat | Opinion

In January, the Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act (H.R. 5589) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, followed in June by a companion Senate bill.

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USA - Biden's Treasury Pick May Be Key to Climate, Jobs, and Equality Agenda

Incoming U.S. Treasury secretaries have been confronted over the past two decades with the financial rescue of other countries, the bailout of the U.S. banking system and a trade war.

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USA - FEMA Is Modernizing Flood Insurance Program, but Data Quality Needs Improvement

While FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) has made progress in modernizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) system, a new report from the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said the new system is struggling with data quality issues.

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USA - A First: US Federal Reserve Report Includes Climate Change Risks

The Federal Reserve’s November 2020 “Financial Stability Report,” which usually examines how economic and market forces could impact banks, insurance companies, and other firms, has addressed the implications of climate change for financial stability for the very first time.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Murkowski's Latest Pebble Action Disappoints Mine Opponents

Opponents of the Pebble Mine are underwhelmed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s latest bill to fund federal resource agencies.

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USA - America Needs a Fair and Forward-Thinking Water Bill

In the aftermath of a bitterly contested election, House and Senate negotiators are finalizing the details of the Water Resources Development Act with an eye towards passage in the lame duck.

Coastwide
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USA - Trump Removes Head of Climate Science Report

Michael Kuperberg had worked as executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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USA - The U.S. Has Officially Left the Paris Agreement. What Happens Next?

The withdrawal has been expected for years, but marks “a bitter moment,” experts say.

Southeast
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FL - Lake O releases to east and west will continue as Eta seen drenching South Florida

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to release water from Lake Okeechobee to estuaries on the east and west as Tropical Storm Eta is expected to drench South Florida with up to 10 inches of rain starting this weekend.

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USA - From East to West on Election Eve, Climate Change—and Its Encroaching Peril—Are on Americans’ Minds

In Utah, it’s air pollution; Missouri, it’s extreme weather; in California, it’s sea level rise. And the planet’s future, voters say, hangs in the balance.

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USA - Baker Institute-Led Group Develops Proposed Nationwide Protocol for Storing Carbon

A working group led by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has developed an innovative measurement-based standard – “BCarbon” – for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil as organic carbon.

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USA - NOAA Chief Scientist Booted for Asking a Trump-Appointee to Respect Scientific Integrity

Craig McLean, the acting chief scientist of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the government agency that (among other things) helps track hurricanes, has been removed from his post because he asked Erik Noble, an agency appointee hand-selected by President Donald Trump to acknowledge the agency’s scientific integrity guidelines.

Northeast
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ME - The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act Is a Win for Maine

From coast to coast, our nation has been rocked by disasters this year — and not just from the pandemic. Record-breaking hurricanes, unprecedented wildfires, and severe droughts have made too many Americans painfully aware of how vulnerable our health, safety, and economy are to climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
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AL - Byrne Introduces Bill to Protect Underwater Forest

This is the only known site where a coastal ice age forest this old has been preserved in place, with thousands of trees still rooted in the dirt they were growing millennia ago before being reclaimed by the Gulf of Mexico.

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USA - War on NOAA? A Climate Denier’s Arrival Raises Fears the Agency's Climate Mission Is Under Attack

David Legates has spent his career disputing climate science. Now he’s a top manager in the federal agency most involved in assessing global warming’s threat.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - The Coast Survey's Role in the Hurricane Delta Response

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has concluded its hydrographic survey response following Hurricane Delta.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Senators Toughen Stances Against Pebble Project

After years of stressing process over policy, Alaska’s U.S. senators have both announced their opposition to development of the Pebble mine.

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USA - Congress to Stop Ocean Damages

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today unveiled his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act at a virtual press conference with Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), and a range of bill endorsers.

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USA - FEMA Ends Policy Favoring Flood Walls Over Green Protections

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has taken a dramatic step to encourage communities to use environmentally friendly features such as wetlands for flood protection instead of building sea walls and levees.

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USA - EPA Chief Calls Plastic Waste "Top Priority"

WASHINGTON - The growing amount of plastic waste clogging the world's oceans is drawing the attention of the Trump administration, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler calling the problem a "top priority" Monday.

West Coast
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CA - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Los Angeles County Published

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has completed their latest application of the Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Framework for Los Angeles County, California.

Southeast
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FL - By The Numbers: $25.8 Million in Hurricane Sally Federal Recovery Money So Far for Escambia Residents

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Sally, Escambia County residents have received approximately $25.8 million in total federal funds.

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USA - Congress Urged to Back AQUAA Act

Over 80 US organisations, including a wide range of leading seafood firms, have written to Washington in support of expanding the country’s seafood production through sustainable offshore aquaculture.

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USA - The Next President Must Tackle the Intertwined Crises of Racial Injustice and Climate Change

Hurricane Delta, the 25th named Atlantic storm of the 2020 hurricane season, made landfall in southwest Louisiana in almost the exact same place Hurricane Laura swept through just weeks ago.

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USA - U.S. House Working on Sea Level Rise Threats to Guam, CNMI

The House of Representatives' Natural Resources Committee is focusing on addressing global warming and the threat of the resulting sea level rise on Guam, the CNMI and other U.S. territories and freely associated states.

Great Lakes
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USA - Sens. Duckworth, Durbin Announce $3.2 Million in FEMA Reimbursement for Flooding Recovery

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Oct. 2:

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USA - Army Corps Proposes New Nationwide Permits for Seaweed and FinFish Aquaculture and Updates Existing Nationwide Permit for Shellfish Aquaculture (With bonus ASPN Podcast)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently circulated a draft proposal to renew its existing Nationwide Permits (NWPs) as well as create two new NWPs that would authorize seaweed and finfish aquaculture in coastal waters.1

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USA - What will it take for FEMA to take climate change seriously?

As Hurricane Douglas bore down on Hawaii and Hurricane Hanna threatened the eastern United States, FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor came clean about climate change. He admitted to Congress for the first time, that, yes, climate change does make storms worse.

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USA - WRDA Should Make Cost-Share Change Permanent

Despite the upcoming election frenzy and the myriad of things Congress has to deal with, negotiations between the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve differences between the two versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in each chamber are ongoing, according to barge industry sources.

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USA - Conservation Groups Challenge Trump Administration’s Attack on the Power of States and Local Residents to Protect Clean Water

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Conservation groups today challenged in federal court a Trump administration rollback of clean water protections that sharply curtails the ability of states and local residents to protect their drinking water, rivers, streams, wetlands, aquatic life, and other local interests.

Mid-Atlantic
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SC - Agencies Want Water Lawsuit Dismissed

EPA, Corps of Engineers Ask South Carolina Court to Reject Case

Northeast
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NE - EPA Coastal Restoration Grants Will Help Massachusetts and Rhode Island Communities

BOSTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) announced the awarding of $1.8 million in new funding to local organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England.

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USA - NOAA Allegedly Halts Scientific Integrity Probe on Endangered Whale Conservation

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has allegedly halted a probe into a case of possible political interference in conservation measures.

Mid-Atlantic
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MA - Barren Island restoration effort requests input

The authorized project consists of restoring Barren Island (72 acres), which is 100 percent wetland, in combination with the restoration of James Island (2,072 acres), with a habitat proportion of 45 percent upland to 55 percent wetland and an upland dike height of 20 feet above mean lower low water.

Northeast
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USA - NOAA approves Mystic Aquarium to import 5 beluga whales

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has approved Mystic Aquarium’s request for a permit to import five beluga whales from a facility in Canada.

Gulf of Mexico
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MS - Legislature Reaches Temporary Compromise on GOMESA Funds, but Further Disputes Could Come Next Session

The Department of Marine Resources finally has a budget almost two months after the start of the fiscal year, but the issues that led to the impasse will likely appear in next year’s session.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - A Coral Reef Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico Could Triple in Size

The federally protected marine sanctuary has kept three major reefs safe from encroaching offshore oil drilling and commercial fishing.

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USA - US Said to Have Dropped the Ball on Protecting Threatened Grouper

WASHINGTON (CN) — Conservationists sued the Trump administration on Tuesday for failing to protect the Nassau grouper, one of the largest coral reef fish, four years after it was designated a threatened species.

Pacific Northwest
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USA - Navy, State Clash Over Increased Testing That Could Harm Whales, Marine Life

BREMERTON — Navy and state leaders are at odds over a proposed rule for military testing in Puget Sound and coastal waters of Washington that allows the increased potential to harass and harm marine life, including the endangered and fragile Southern Resident orca population.

Northeast
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ME - Maine lobster industry nets $2 million for research

Four of the nine research projects being funded will be conducted my Maine researchers and institutions

Northeast
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CT - NOAA Imposes Strong Restrictions on Aquariums' Import of Captive Belugas for Research

Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal and environmental protection groups applaud the Department of Commerce’s decision to prohibit Mystic Aquarium from breeding five captive-born beluga whales from Canada as part of an import permit issued Friday. The permit also precludes Mystic from training the whales for performance.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Hawaii Marines Now Guarding the Nests of Endangered Species

Green sea turtles are now nesting at a windward Oahu beach where the military trains.

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USA - What to Know About the Green New Deal

With sweeping declarations identifying a need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of high-paying jobs, the proposed Green New Deal superficially appears to be the climate legislation that green advocates have been waiting for.

Mid-Atlantic
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MD - EPA hit with lawsuits over Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Making good on threats issued months ago, three Chesapeake Bay watershed states, the District of Columbia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation took the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to court Thursday for its failure to push Pennsylvania and New York to do more to help clean up the Bay.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Governor Northam Releases Statement on Suit Against the EPA on Chesapeake Bay

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam, who serves as chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, issued the following statement today after Virginia joined Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia in filing suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to enforce the terms of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement which require partner states to reduce their pollution levels in the allotted time frame.

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USA - Trump Administration Announces $130 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced last week that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved more than $130 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects.

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USA - Beyer, Rooney Introduce Legislation to Boost NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program

Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) today introduced the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act, bipartisan legislation that would direct offshore wind revenues to NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program.

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USA - A History of US Military Ships, From the Revolutionary War to Today

Using U.S. Navy archives, historical accounts, news reports, museum databases, and official records of individual ships, Stacker explores the most important, most advanced, and most successful ships in the long and storied history of the United States Navy.

Northeast
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USA - EPA Approves New Ocean Dumping Site for Dredge Material off Isles of Shoals

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new ocean dumping site for dredged material just off the Seacoast, after a years-long permitting process.

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USA - POLITICS: White House Recruited Climate Critics for NOAA

At least three prominent researchers who question the severity of climate change rebuffed the opportunity to take a senior position at NOAA.

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USA - Effects of Sea Level Rise Program Announces FY21 Federal Funding Opportunity

The NCCOS Competitive Research Program is pleased to announce its Fiscal Year 2021 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) for its Effects of Sea Level Rise (ESLR) Program.

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USA - Congress Passes Bill Supporting Jones Act Enforcement in Offshore Wind

The U.S House of Representatives passed the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act (H.R. 4447) aiming to reform U.S. energy policy and authorize significant investment in the transition to greater use of low-carbon energy.

Mid-Atlantic
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USA - Trump Confirms NC, Va Drilling Moratorium

President Trump has officially extended the moratorium on offshore drilling to North Carolina and Virginia.

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USA - Trump Administration ‘Slow-Walking’ Offshore Wind Permits: Sen. Whitehouse

“Every year you don’t have offshore wind off New England’s shores, the gas industry is selling more gas to keep homes warm,” says the Rhode Island senator.

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USA - FEMA Opens $660 Million Grant Application Process to Build Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

FEMA will open applications on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 for two hazard mitigation grant programs totaling $660 million.

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USA - What You Need to Know About New FEMA Funding for Community Resilience

A new Federal Emergency Management Agency-run program, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, will provide millions of dollars to cash-strapped local and state governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for projects that build resilience to protect people and property before the next disaster.

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USA - New Bill Aims to Make Communities and Infrastructure More Flood-Ready

House legislation would require federal projects to be more resilient, lowering disaster risks and costs

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USA - Bidding Farewell to Dr. James McFadden, the Longest-Serving NOAA Hurricane Hunter

McFadden, who died recently at age 86, spent 53 years as a Hurricane Hunter, logging 590 penetrations into eyes of hurricanes.