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USA - Climate Crisis to Triple Flooding Threat for Low-Income Us Homes by 2050

A new study has found that affordable housing in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California will be at particular risk

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USA - Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends With Records Driven by Climate Change

Earlier this month, Iota became the 30th named storm in 2020, making this year's Atlantic hurricane season -- which ends today -- one for the record books.

West Coast
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CA - Untethered From the Office, Urban Tenants Are Flocking to the Inland Empire

Rents are up 4-6% in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but have been falling in L.A. and Orange counties since the pandemic hit.

Southeast
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FL - Hurricane Season Ends Monday, But December Storm Possible

GULFPORT, Fla. — A historic and relentless hurricane season is finally coming to an end. Monday marks the final day.

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USA - How climate change could spark the next home mortgage disaster

Taxpayers are backing more than a trillion dollars in home mortgages, but the agencies buying them are neglecting to consider climate risks.

International
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World - Singapore Gov Calls for Catastrophe Bond Cooperation With China

China’s western region and in particular the municipality of Chongqing with its population of over 31 million, which includes the megacity of the same name, could benefit from cooperation on topics such as disaster insurance, with catastrophe bonds seen as an opportunity, according to the Singapore government’s Monetary Authority.

Southeast
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GA - In Georgia, 16 Superfund Sites Are Threatened by Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change

With climate a major issue in two Senate runoff elections, the state’s voters need look no further than coastal Brunswick for potential risks.

Coastwide
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USA - The U.S. States Best and Least Positioned to Take on Climate Change

No state is entirely safe from the threat of natural disasters, but some stand a better chance of surviving the storm.

Coastwide
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USA - 5 of the Worst Thanksgiving Storms in US History

Some of the worst storms in U.S. history have hit around Thanksgiving, disrupting transportation and claiming lives. The following are five of the most destructive and deadliest of those storms.

Southeast
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FL - Looking Back On the Great Thanksgiving Day Storm of 1984

Despite the crazy year we’ve had so far, it looks like our Thanksgiving weather will be quiet.

Coastwide
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USA - NOAA Announces Record-Breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws to An End - Improved Forecasts, Extensive Preparedness Helped Protect Lives and Property

The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States.

Coastwide
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USA - Riskiest Spot for Rising Seas Is 50 Miles From the Ocean

A new FEMA index considers socioeconomic factors in evaluating community disaster vulnerability

International
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AUS - One of Australia's Most Famous Beaches Is Disappearing, and Storms Aren't to Blame

Storms or tropical cyclones usually get the blame when Australia's beaches suffer severe erosion. But on the New South Wales north coast at Byron Bay, another force is at play.

Mid-Atlantic
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SC - Charleston Weighs Wall as Seas Rise and Storms Strengthen

Vickie Hicks, who weaves intricate sweetgrass baskets in Charleston, South Carolina’s historic city market, remembers climbing onto the table at her grandmother’s booth downtown when the floodwaters rushed by.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Texas A&M Researchers to Address Chemical Pollution Following Gulf Coast Storms

The team will identify facilities at risk for flood-induced chemical spills and support efforts to mitigate potential impacts on nearby communities.

Northeast
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NY - NYC CPC Certifies Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency Proposal for Public Review

On Oct. 19, 2020, the City Planning Commission certified for public review a proposed citywide text amendment known as Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency (ZCFR).

Gulf of Mexico
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AL - Alabama Cities Struggle With Hurricane Zeta Debris Cleanup

Ross Wood took the oath of office on November 2 to become the new mayor of Grove Hill and got to work focusing on the small town’s Hurricane Zeta clean-up.

International
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CAN - Intact Announces $1.3 Million Commitment to Help Build More Resilient Communities

Intact Adaptation Action Grants awarded to projects that are helping people and communities adapt to floods, wildfire and extreme heat

Southeast
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FL - Tropical Storm Eta Pounded Pinellas Beaches, Fears Aired Over Future Storms

Tropical Storm Eta caused considerable beach erosion on the Gulf Coast. It may mean our coastline is in danger from a future storm.

International
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World - How to Help Communities Affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota

Two powerful hurricanes battered Central America in a matter of weeks, but the scope of the damage has taken longer to capture, as rescuers struggle to reach isolated communities.

International
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UK - Insurers Float Fast Flood Protection, as Britain Fails to Confront Risk

As climate change brings more intense storms and rising seas, Britain faces rapidly growing and shifting flood threats - something few of those at risk are yet aware of, officials and insurers said on Friday.

International
Property

GL - As Greenland Melts, We Underestimate Its Impact on a New Model

Greenland is the largest island in the world and has the largest ice mass in the Northern Hemisphere. When all that ice has melted, the sea will rise Over 7 meters.

Mid-Atlantic
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SC - Wealthy Coastal Residents Remove Illegal Seawalls. But Dispute Rages as Seas Rise

Virtually every property owner who built seawalls in an exclusive oceanfront community south of Myrtle Beach has torn down the walls they hoped would protect the neighborhood’s high-end homes from rising tides and storms.

Great Lakes
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MI - As Great Lakes Pummel Michigan, Beach Towns Rush to Set Development Rules

GRINDSTONE CITY — Brandt Rousseaux loves the water, having spent two decades in the Coast Guard long before settling in this small community at the tip of Michigan’s thumb. But lately, gazing upon the shoreline from a fishing boat in Lake Huron has become an exercise in frustration.

International
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NIC - Iota's Devastation Comes Into Focus in Storm-Weary Nicaragua

The devastation caused by Hurricane Iota became clearer Wednesday as images emerged showing piles of wind-tossed lumber that used to be homes and concrete walls that were pounded into pieces by the second Category 4 storm to blast Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast in two weeks.

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USA - Insurance Industry Studying Climate Change Risks

Raging California wildfires on one coast and the most active Atlantic hurricane season in history on the other are just two examples of how our climate is changing. It's also changing how the insurance industry prepares for increased risk of property damage and in some cases, in trying to prevent it.

International
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World - Seas Are Rising Faster Than Ever

Ask climate scientists how fast the world’s oceans are creeping upward, and many will say 3.2 millimeters per year—a figure enshrined in the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, from 2014.

Great Lakes
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MI - As Great Lakes Pummel Michigan, Beach Towns Rush to Set Development Rules

Brandt Rousseaux loves the water, having spent two decades in the Coast Guard long before settling in this small community at the tip of Michigan’s thumb. But lately, gazing upon the shoreline from a fishing boat in Lake Huron has become an exercise in frustration.

Gulf of Mexico
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AL - Where Is FEMA? Alabama Waits on Hurricane Zeta Relief

More than 21 days after Hurricane Zeta carved through Alabama, county and city officials are asking: Where is the federal disaster declaration?

Northeast
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NY - City's Move to Bolster Resilient Buildings Is a Big Deal—and a First Step

Proposed changes to the zoning code would allow property owners in areas facing flood risks to take steps to protect their assets. But it would neither require nor fund such work.

West Coast
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CA - King Tides Project Documenting a Rising Sea Level Future

King tides are the year’s highest and lowest tides, occurring when there is alignment of the gravitational pull between the sun, moon and Earth.

Northeast
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NY - A Harbinger of Things to Come? New York DFS Outlines Expectations for Regulated Entities on Financial Risks Arising from Climate Change

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), issued a letter to DFS-regulated banks and non-bank institutions discussing the financial risks of climate change and outlining its expectations with respect to risk management processes, governance frameworks and business strategies.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - The Rising Tide Underfoot

Changing sea levels are pushing groundwater into new and problematic places.

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USA - Agents Embrace Effort to Expand Private Flood Insurance

A life preserver of sorts will be available to homeowners submerged in the troubling waters of flooding, according to the National Association of Realtors— that is thanks to action the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced last week, related to the extended availability of additional private flood insurance options to U.S. consumers.

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USA - Debunking Myths About Sustainable Sites, Climate Adaptation at Greenbuild

What are the most common misconceptions about the Sustainable Sites category in LEEDv4.1 and the ability to adapt to natural disasters?

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Mānoa: Pacific Islands Climate Change Summit to Address Adaptation, Management

Pacific Islands are on the forefront of bearing the effects of climate change, which are becoming more apparent every year.

Southeast
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FL - Can We Learn to Design With Water?

Miami design experts look to inter-disciplinary collaboration to navigate rising seas.

International
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World - Climate 'Bomb' Iota Weakens Slightly off Central America

A slightly weakened Hurricane Iota began whipping a remote coastal area of Nicaragua with catastrophic winds and storm surges on Monday, as the region’s leaders blamed climate change for destructive weather pushing millions closer to hunger.

International
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World - As the Climate Changes, How Do We Protect Venice and Other World Treasures?

With global travel curtailed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are finding comfort in planning future trips. But imagine that you finally arrive in Venice and the “floating city” is flooded.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - On Virginia's Far Atlantic Flank, a Cherished Store of Salt Marshes Is Being Lost

On a still day, floating in a flat-bottomed boat in the waters that stretch like sheets of glass between the mainland and the barrier islands off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, it’s hard to believe anything in this corner of the world has ever changed at all.

Southeast
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FL - Eta Leaves Erosion in Its Wake Along Pinellas Beaches

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Tropical Storm Eta did more damage to our area than you might think.

International
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World - In a Warming World, Hurricanes Weaken More Slowly After They Hit Land

Scientists say global warming is likely to fuel more intense storms. But earlier projections of an overall drop in the number of storms are not holding up.

Southeast
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SC - Editorial: Use Charleston vulnerability study as a key planning tool

Ever since Charleston got deluged with four consecutive years of serious storms beginning in 2015, the city has focused intensely on its own vulnerability as one of the nation’s lowest lying coastal cities — one that has flooded since its earliest days and faces ever greater risks from a warming planet and rising seas.

Mid-Atlantic
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SC - Marine Corps May Be Forced to Build a Sea Wall Around Parris Island, Retired General Warns

The impact of climate change may be most visible in the Arctic, but the former commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island argued Wednesday that it and other coastal bases face drastic threats from the warming planet.

Mid-Atlantic
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SC - Charleston Remains Exposed, Vulnerable to Flooding and Earthquakes

The same day Charleston warned residents to prepare for coastal flooding and rising waters, the harsh realities of the city’s vulnerability to disasters was dropped on government leaders.

Southeast
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FL - Eta Remains a Tropical Storm as Florida Prepares for 2nd Hit

Eta remained a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon as it prepared to skirt past the heavily populated Tampa Bay region in Florida and crash ashore in the coming hours somewhere to the north along the Gulf of Mexico coast.

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USA - Disaster Database Cements Itself as Go-to Hub for Natural Hazard Information

In Seattle, "the big one" -- a massive earthquake that could devastate the region -- represents an ominous threat.

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USA - Hurricanes Are Lasting Longer, Staying Stronger Over Land

A new study is the first to look at how climate change may make hurricanes more destructive, even after they strike land.

International
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South Africa - How Cape Town’s Climate Strategy Falls Short

The South African city is one of only 13 C40 cities in Africa, yet its latest climate strategy includes language that is self-defeating.

Northeast
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MA - House Raising on the Coast

Architects and engineers are addressing issues due to increasingly severe coastal storms and projected sea level rise.

International
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World - Reframing the Language of Retreat

With so many communities facing relocation from a changing climate, reframing “managed retreat” is needed to respect people’s self-determination.

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USA - Tropical Storm Theta Is Record-Breaking 29th Storm of 2020 — and There Could Be More

Tropical Storm Theta formed in the Atlantic Monday night. It poses no threat to land but was notable nonetheless, making 2020 a record-breaking hurricane season.

Southeast
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FL - Florida Has Plans to Address Coastal Flooding, but They Lack Natural Solutions

Florida is home to pristine beaches, diverse and exotic wildlife, and unparalleled natural landscapes.

Coastwide
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USA - U.S. Endured Record Wildfires, Historic Hurricanes in October

Extreme weather events took the spotlight again in October as the nation saw raging wildfires, record hurricane activity and record snowfall in some parts.

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USA - Progress Toward Managing Rising Seas

On Nov. 10, NASA will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air force Base in California. Its payload: a Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, equipped with instruments that will dramatically improve measurement of changes in sea level around the world.

Mid-Atlantic
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SC - Editorial: Charleston Needs to Weigh in Again as Cainhoy's Development Nears

Few places in the Charleston region have witnessed as much change during the past generation as the Cainhoy peninsula.

International
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NZ - NZ's Love Affair With Beach Property Continues Despite Looming Sea Level Risk

Kiwis are throwing caution to the wind, and the waves, as they continue to snap up coastal properties that face severe risks from rising sea levels.

West Coast
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CA - California Coastal Commission Five-Year Plan

The California Costal Commission has just revealed its strategic five-year plan.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Opinion: Virginia Making Progress on Sea Level Rise, but Much More to Do

Every fall, with the moon closest to the Earth, Virginia experiences its highest tides of the year.

International
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South Africa - Beaches to 'Slowly March Inland'

Durban - With rising sea levels, beaches are likely to move inland in the future, rather than become extinct by the end of the century.

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USA - Beating Back the Tides

It was a sight you don’t normally see: a jellyfish lying dead in the middle of a parking lot partly submerged in water. But this was no ordinary parking lot.

Southeast
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FL - Tropical Storm Eta Could Become a Hurricane, Dousing Florida With a Foot of Rain

Florida faces a potential one-two punch from Tropical Storm Eta, which could strengthen into a hurricane and drop up to a foot of rain on the southern part of the state on Sunday, before retreating to the Gulf of Mexico to gather strength for round two.

Northeast
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MA - Signing onto 'Moakley Talks': Plan to enhance protection, public use at a 'high-level' stage

The city kicked off a series of virtual discussions last week dubbed “Moakley Talks,” part of the planning process aimed at redesigning Moakley Park on the South Boston-Dorchester line as a facility for all and a bulwark of coastal resiliency.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - Study on the Rapid Intensification of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael was the first category 5 storm to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, with the third lowest pressure ever recorded for a landfalling storm in the Atlantic Basin.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - GLO Action Plans Approved

HUD approves GLO state action plans for 2018 and 2019 disaster funding allocations

Pacific Northwest
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OR - King Tides Project Surges in Oregon

Every year in early winter, high tides on the Oregon coast are higher than usual.

International
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World - Sea-Level Rise Will Have Complex Consequences

Rising sea levels will affect coasts and human societies in complex and unpredictable ways, according to a new study that examined 12,000 years in which a large island became a cluster of smaller ones.

Northeast
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NJ - Sea Level Rise – Who Does What?

Sea level is rising. According to a Rutgers University study last year the New Jersey Coast has seen sea levels rise by 1.5 feet in the last century, more than twice the national average for coastal communities.

Coastwide
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USA - Climate Change Turns up the Heat for Property Owners

Flood and wildfire risks are increasing costs, but defensive measures are possible

Coastwide
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USA - Elevating Houses Can Protect Against Damaging Floods. But How High is High Enough?

Millions of Americans have properties facing the threat of destructive floods, with a cost of up to $25,000 in damages for just one inch of floodwater.

International
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NZ - There's No Retreat From NZ's Colossal Climate Change Bill

OPINION: Covid-19 is expensive, there’s no doubt about that. I sat in Parliament in March as MPs voted the Government authority to spend $52 billion in response to the health and economic effects of the virus.

Southeast
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FL - Why Mispricing the Risks of Sea Level Rise Could Prove Costly

Homeowners in Florida’s coastal areas are increasingly factoring in the risks of sea level rise, or SLR, caused by climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - 'There's Nothing Protecting Us' After Hurricane Zeta Blasts Through Grand Isle's Levee

Kelli Scardino's little restaurant, Yum's Cafe, sits on one of the highest and widest spots on this exceedingly low and narrow island. When it comes to hurricanes, Yum's is what constitutes as Grand Isle's "safe ground."

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - State Invites Local Governments to Apply for NC Resilient Coastal Communities Program

The Division of Coastal Management (DCM) will select up to 20 municipal and county governments throughout the 20 coastal counties of North Carolina to receive no-cost direct technical assistance services to complete Phases 1 and 2 of the N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP).

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - Hurricane Zeta's Insured Property Loss Put at $4.4bn by KCC

Catastrophe risk modeller Karen Clark & Company (KCC) has estimated that the insured loss to onshore properties caused by Hurricane Zeta will be close to $4.4 billion.

International
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World - Hurricane Eta Heads Toward Central America

Eta was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane on Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, warning that the storm was likely to strengthen before making landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday.

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USA - More Durable Weather Radars Are Needed for an Era of Stronger Hurricanes

I occasionally use this space for editorial commentary. This piece is one of those moments.

Southeast
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FL - Hurricane Sally Disaster Assistance Tops $95 Million in Northwest Florida

Federal agencies have approved more than $95 million in federal disaster assistance to help Northwest Florida families recover from Hurricane Sally.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Zeta's Toll on Louisiana Island 'Like a Bomb Was Dropped'

GRAND ISLE, La. -- Zeta's remnants moved off the northeastern U.S. coast Thursday night, but its effects were evident Friday through a swath of the Southeast.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - The U.S. Needs a Gulf Coast Wall, Not a Mexico Border Wall

Rising sea levels and more frequent hurricanes are a much bigger threat to the country than immigrants.

Coastwide
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USA - USGS Unveils Mobile Flood Tool for the Nation

The U.S. Geological Survey announced Friday the completion of a new mobile tool that provides real-time information on water levels, weather and flood forecasts all in one place on a computer, smartphone or other mobile device.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Louisiana Homeowners Should Expect Rate Increases After Active Hurricane Season

BATON ROUGE - November 30, the final day of hurricane season can't come soon enough for Louisianians after a record five named storms have hit the state this year.

International
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India - Opinion: Protecting Coasts Can Give BIMSTEC an Urgent Sense of Purpose

Millions living around the Bay of Bengal need urgent protection from climate change impacts such as sea level rise and more severe cyclones

Northeast
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MA - Elevated Waterfronts, Living Shorelines, Raised Roadways & Bike Paths Proposed by Climate Ready Boston as Coastal Resilience Solutions

The Climate Ready Boston team discussed the release of their long-awaited findings on the Downtown, North End and Dorchester neighborhoods at an event held on Thursday. Team members presented a project overview before shifting to a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - In Virginia, Sea-Level Rise and Flooding Prompt New Strategy

Resilience framework will prioritize regional coordination and nature-based solutions to aid vulnerable communities

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - TAMU-CC Researchers Looking at Beach and Dune Erosion Caused by an Active Hurricane Season

Hurricane Hanna caused major damage to the dune system along the coast and all the storms thereafter have made that damage even worse.

Coastwide
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USA - Zeta Barrels Northeast After Battering Storm-Weary Coast

Zeta sped across the Southeast on Thursday, leaving a trail of damage and more than 2.6 million homes and businesses without power in Atlanta and beyond after pounding New Orleans with winds and water that splintered homes and were blamed for at least three deaths.

Southeast
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FL - Hurricanes Pack a Bigger Punch for Florida's West Coast

Hurricanes, the United States' deadliest and most destructive weather disasters, are notoriously difficult to predict.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - State Awards Millions for Disaster Recovery

The Dare County Board of Commissioners approved during its regular meeting last week a $1 million grant from the state to help assuage the financial strain caused by last year’s Hurricane Dorian.

Coastwide
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USA - How the U.S. Could Be Smarter About Insuring Against Extreme Weather-Related Disasters

With parametric insurance, the full power of modern computing, data digitization, risk modeling and Artificial Intelligence meet.

Mid-Atlantic
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Carolinas - 'Beyond the Beach' Project Exposes Climate Change Dangers

The COVID-19 pandemic is a fast-motion version of the slow-moving disaster unfolding because of global warming, but the two world-wide threats are getting sharply differing responses.