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GA - The Tide: What new infrastructure bill could do for Coastal Georgia

Projects that protect the coast from flooding, plus bike paths, EV infrastructure and building weatherization top wish lists

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USA - NOAA Selects Woolpert for $49M Coastal Geospatial Services Contract

Woolpert will provide topo-bathy lidar data acquisition and processing, survey and GIS services, geospatial training and more under this five-year, IDIQ contract.

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CA - NOAA seeking feedback on 7,000-square-mile marine sanctuary off California coast

NOAA announced on 9 November it is seeking public comment on the “first steps” of designating a new national marine sanctuary in a 7,000-square-mile area off the coast of the U.S. state of California.

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USA - Realtors: FEMA's New Flood Insurance Pricing Looks Promising

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Cyndee Hayden lost everything in a house fire in Philadelphia nearly 30 years ago. Her saving grace: her insurance.

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USA - Army Corps Halts Coverage Under Nationwide Permits

Under the announcement, Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 Nationwide Permits coverage will not be granted for stormwater management projects; land- or water-based renewable energy projects; or electric, telecommunications or water utility line activities — not to mention residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and recreational activities.

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USA - H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

On November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending bill that will make historic investments in core infrastructure priorities including roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, the electric grid, and broadband.

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USA - Infrastructure bill makes first major U.S. investment in climate resilience

The $47 billion in the bill designated for “climate resilience” is intended to help communities prepare for the new age of extreme fires, floods, storms and droughts that scientists say are worsened by human-caused climate change.

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USA - NASA, U.S. Geological Survey Release Landsat 9 Images Which Spans Over Last 50 Years

Landsat 9, a joint mission between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that launched Sept. 27, 2021, has collected its first light images of Earth. (NASA image)

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USA - Infrastructure bill makes first major US investment in climate resilience

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk includes the largest amount of money ever spent by the U.S. to prepare the nation to withstand the devastating impacts of climate change.

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AK - A federal court ruling reopens a path to permanent protections for Bristol Bay's headwaters

A U.S. District Court ruling reverses a 2019 decision by the Trump Administration, which withdrew the EPA’s 2014 proposal for protections. This restarts the 404c Clean Water Act process.

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GA - Feds again delay decision on Camden rocket plans for further review

The federal agency responsible for licensing Spaceport Camden again wants more time to evaluate plans to launch rockets from Georgia’s coast.

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World - U.N. deep-sea mining rules unlikely to be completed by 2023 deadline, Latam countries say

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Regulations governing deep-sea mining will take longer to finalise due to the global pandemic, a group of Latin American countries said, creating uncertainty for companies looking to mine the sea bed for metals, including cobalt and nickel.

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Lake Okeechobee: Water, water, everywhere ... and more than we need, I think

Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual will be used to manage discharges from the lake into South Florida waterways, including the St. Lucie River.

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World - Battle over the deep seabeds | TheHill

No issue highlights the intersection of high-tech, climate change, international law, mining, biodiversity, cold war skullduggery, geopolitics and military interests as much as proposals to mine the deep ocean floors for billions of potato-shaped, mineral-rich, porous rocks called manganese nodules.

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FL - Florida Congressional Delegation to convene on water quality challenges

Vern Buchanan and Debbie Wasserrman Schultz want bipartisan cooperation on red tide, Everglades.

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ME - Government, conservation groups file appeal to reinstate seasonal lobstering ban

The partial fishery closure, which would have taken effect this month, was intended to help protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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World - Climate politics have shifted, and that gives scientists and activists hope

An aura of failure hung over the first United Nations climate status conference in Berlin in 1995. Not only were countries falling short of their commitments to curb emissions, but advocates were struggling to get climate change any attention at all on the international political agenda. Most of the world didn’t feel the urgency — and the fossil fuel industry was campaigning hard to encourage doubt.

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NC - Nourishment funds now secured for 2 New Hanover towns | Coastal Review

Federal funds are back on tap for sand nourishment projects in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, but back-and-forth interpretations of a law designed to discourage development in storm-prone coastal areas leaves Wrightsville Beach cut out, for now.

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MD - Cardin, Municipal Leaders Underscore Need for Coordinated Climate Change Responses

Maryland municipal leaders emphasized the need for ample federal and state support if their climate change mitigation and resiliency plans are going to be successful.

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USA - NFWF Announces $1.1 Million in Grants from Coral Reef Conservation Fund

Seven grants will address threats and develop tools for restoration and management of coral reefs in U.S., Caribbean and Pacific waters

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ME - Whale scientists fire back – with science – at critics of new lobstering rules

Marine biologists disagree with a judge's decision to block a seasonal closure in the Gulf of Maine and say there are ample data to justify the closure.

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USA - NOAA, Climate Resilience Fund team up to accelerate US climate resilience - Welcome to NOAA Research

NOAA and the Climate Resilience Fund (CRF) announced on October 22, 2001, the results of its 2021 competitive grants program supporting projects that will help U.S. communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change.