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In the face of climate change, federal flood insurance is more important than ever. But some experts and homeowners fear changes to the program that are underway could actually push people out of their communities.
The City of Malibu predicts sea level to rise 18 inches by 2100, coastal’s estimate is nearly 50 inches higher.
The threat of sea-level rise should force policymakers to rethink policies that encourage development in flood-prone regions. One place to start is with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), according to the Washington, D.C. free market think tank R Street.
Climate finance often fails to reach people most at risk in developing nations – local governments and affected communities need more influence on spending
Money to fill the job is expected in the city’s 2021 budget, although details of the post’s duties and power aren’t settled. The post has become more common in state and local government in recent years.
Communities in Maine's coastal zones can now apply for Maine Coastal Program's (MCP) competitive Coastal Community Grant to receive up to $100,000 to fund an innovative project.
Scientists have long predicted in the past that climate change produce adverse effects such as the loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.
Saturday marked the 500th-day anniversary of Hurricane Michael. After millions of cubic yards of debris have been pushed away, the crests of progress can be seen as the wave of development becomes more visible for the Mexico Beach shoreline.
People from all over Washington, and other states, came to our beach to stare in wonder at homes falling into the ocean. Now people come here from all over the world for a different reason.
Like many Orange County cities, Newport Beach likes to tout its business-friendly atmosphere. When push comes to shove, however, officials there behave in ways similar to California’s most regulation-loving communities. The best example involves short-term rentals, where people rent homes to vacationers using Airbnb or other platforms.
In the UK, 675,000 homes lost electricity because of the windstorm, as well as a further 10,000 homes in Ireland.
Storm Dennis is hammering Ireland and the U.K. with heavy rain and high winds. Parts of Wales were inundated by severe flooding. Almost 600 flood alerts and warnings were issued in the U.K., Sunday morning. Dennis is a bomb cyclone and rivals the most intense North Atlantic storms in terms of lowest sea-level pressure. It was preceded by another intense bomb cyclone which battered Iceland with high winds last Friday.
Australia’s central bank chief Philip Lowe warned of wide-ranging economic and financial impacts from climate change, after his drought-stricken nation suffered some of its worst wildfires ever.
5 things to know about flooding and rising sea levels before spending any money
Risa Palm, Georgia State University and Toby W. Bolsen, Georgia State University
Water-based communities will help tackle the effects of climate change and offer a solution to overcrowding in coastal cities
An Oregon land use policy creates a large economic value for some private homeowners who are allowed to protect their shoreline against erosion, according to a new Oregon State University study.
Residents of Terrebonne and Lafourche are used to getting bad news about the area and state’s vanishing coastline.
Decision follows earlier one to prohibit building on Palmachim Beach between Ashdod and Bat Yam as authorities look to preserve open coastal areas
Development of strategies to mitigate shoreline erosion and maintaining healthy beaches is the goal of LD 774
MADEIRA BEACH — If a hurricane hit Tampa Bay, the water would not need to go far to reach Clifford Smith’s house. His property on a barrier island, with views of the Intracoastal, is unsurprisingly in a flood zone.
The Bert Harris Act was enacted in 1995 to protect property rights. Pinellas beach officials hope to defeat proposed changes that could result in multi-million dollar costs to cities if they opt to change existing zoning.
DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP) — Tourists, nature lovers and amateur scientists are whipping out their cameras to document the effects of extreme high tides on shorelines from the United States to New Zealand, and by doing so are helping better predict what rising sea levels will mean for coastal communities around the world.
Water levels 3 inches higher than January 2019
Louisiana's continual land loss has created a monumental legal headache: When privately owned land vanishes under the water, who does it belong to?
MUSKEGON, MI – Two months after a cadre of lawmakers asked for an emergency declaration due to shoreline erosion, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office has declined to take action.
Provincial government warns owners about building too close to the sea.
The U.S. approach to buying out properties vulnerable to flooding is rife with uncertainty and delays. Now, as climate change drives more extreme coastal storms and precipitation events, the system must undergo a drastic overhaul or risk stranding millions in flood-prone homes.
HOW FAR CAN GOVERNMENT go in regulating private property when protecting us from common threats? Since a seminal 1922 US Supreme Court opinion, Pennsylvania Coal Company v. Mahon, a debate has raged about when government regulation crosses a line too far into private property rights, and thereby constitutes a taking of that property requiring just compensation under the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution.
RACINE – Racine officials said the winter storm of January 10-12 caused an estimated $ 6.4 million in damage to the coastline, and FOX6 caught up with Racine Mayor and DPW Commissioner Saturday February 1 – brainstorming about possible solutions.
HARBOR ISLAND — This small slip of land on the eastern tip of Beaufort County is the legacy of an opportunistic time when a wave of businessmen descended on the South Carolina coast keen-eyed for fragments of paradise to package and sell off to the tennis-and-golf set.
A number of “reforms” have chipped away at South Carolina’s forward-thinking 1988 Beachfront Management Act over the past three decades. It began after Hurricane Hugo’s wrath spurred a massive wave of rebuilding — and demands to loosen the law. And in 2018, the Legislature struck at the ideological core of the act by replacing in the legal text the word “retreat” with “preservation.”
According to several recent studies the impact of hurricanes on real estate markets, especially those of Category 3 and above, last longer than previously believed. This is based on data from the National Hurricane Center, the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), as well as academic research from Dr. Li Beracha, Ph.D. and Dr. Robert S. Prati, Ph.D.
It’s no secret Jacksonville is a city that is dangerously flood prone. In many areas of the historic districts, summer showers cause nuisance flooding. Even a weak hurricane can cause potentially catastrophic damage.
Walk along the shoreline in Crystal Cove and you’ll be sent on a seaside journey back in time. That’s the goal of those working behind the scenes to return the coveted cottages to the condition they were in during their heyday.
Even states whose leaders don't publicly acknowledge the existence of climate change, such as Texas and South Carolina, have applied for federal dollars citing "changing coastal conditions" or "unpredictability," According to the New York Times.
City-hired consultants told residents that under their new calculations, emergency roads would have to be elevated higher than the city previously called for, but residential roads could stay lower than originally planned.
Two booksellers from Norfolk are embroiled in a dispute with their home insurer because the company refused to pay out after the cliff underneath their house collapsed. Malcolm Debbage, 61, and Frances Bolton, 58, have been made homeless after their coastal property in Hemsby, Norfolk, was rendered dangerous in 2018 following a series of severe storms, including the Beast from the East.
How will Florida be impacted by climate change—not in 100 years, but in 20? The questions are addressed in the Florida Climate Outlook: a comprehensive, visual report on the near-term physical and economic impacts of climate change and climate policy in Florida.
Ankle-deep in the overflow of the river that drew her here two decades ago, Calinda Crowe looked across her land, envisioning the future. She didn’t like what she saw. “You wake up to this,” she said, gesturing toward the water submerging everything but the concrete foundation of her raised home. “It upsets you, you know, because it’s supposed to be ‘dream home’ type stuff. Not with this.” A turtle floated to the surface near the bulkhead dividing her yard from the bayou.
After years of planning, two components of San Pedro’s long-awaited new waterfront were feted Monday, Jan. 26, as port and city officials joined with developers to break ground on a town square and the next portion of the promenade.
Australian beaches have been disappearing faster and with more permanence, no question; the causes are not so simple and neither are the legal consequences.
Judges seek photographs along with location
Given California’s international leadership in addressing climate change, it isn’t surprising that voters will be asked this November to approve billions of dollars in bonds to help the state become more resilient.
Using money from a settlement tied to a decade-old oil rig disaster, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved purchasing 1,100 acres on Matagorda Peninsula as part of a wider nature preservation effort along the Gulf of Mexico.
Some places burn and flood repeatedly. We’re building homes there anyway.
Louisiana officials are looking for ways to promote recreational access to waterways while protecting the rights of property owners and minimizing the costs to state taxpayers of any changes.
Second homes in Coombe and St Mawes were slammed by fishermen on last night's episode
The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency can now move forward with developing a draft action plan for more than $542 million in Community Development Block Grant — Disaster Recovery funding for Hurricane Florence.
After I returned from a long and demanding scientific expedition in the coastal areas of North Africa, my colleague took me for a walk on Corona del Mar State Beach. A few steps in, he started recalling 15-year-old memories of the beach and how it has changed since. The beach seemed to be disappearing because of sea level rise, he said.
Bhitarkanika National Park has been declared Odisha’s first Critically Vulnerable Coastal Area (CVCA) by the Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry.
Florida has reached a deal with a real estate company to acquire 20,000 acres of the Everglades that is slated for oil production in order to protect the wetlands, Florida’s governor announced Wednesday.
From time to time it comes to our attention either through our own experience or through information from our readers, various situations that can only be described as “odd”.
New Delhi: Given the heat of climate change and the government’s plans to create sustainable cities that offer citizens a decent quality of life, the use of intelligent technological tools to address environmental threats is critical.
ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WNCT) – A project is concerned with rainwater pollution and flooding in a coastal city.Homeowners in Hyde County can apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to elevate their homes.
When coastal communities start losing their battles with sea level rise, king tides and storm surges, one of the first signs of retreat will be the relocation of their water supplies even further inland to escape saltwater intrusion. An emerging motivation for Florida cities and counties is fear of losing their municipal bond credit ratings and tax bases.
Climate crises, like financial crises, will be damaging, unpredictable and almost impossible to avoid
Ranch owners fight legislation that gives the government unfettered access to private, sensitive coastal land and potentially punishes owners for defending their way of life
Increasing sea rise is going to water down the value of some of the most coveted and expensive real estate in Florida, and insurance rates will go up too.
One treehouse built in Holmes Beach in 2011 without a permit has led to four pending lawsuits spanning seven years.
A nonprofit flood risk research organization is offering the first publicly available flood risk model that predicts the probability of flooding for homes and properties across the United States.
One treehouse built in Holmes Beach in 2011 without a permit has led to four pending lawsuits spanning seven years.