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Insurer Says Miami is Even More Vulnerable to Hurricanes Like Andrew

Almost 25 years have passed since a Category 5 hurricane struck south of Miami, and the city’s vulnerability to catastrophic storm damage has grown exponentially, according to a new insurance underwriters’ analysis. At the time, Hurricane Andrew was the most …

Sandy Nightmares Worry NYC Planners, Barrier May Come too Late

The warming Atlantic Ocean has raised the risk of another Hurricane Sandy. And still, trillions of dollars of real estate and infrastructure near the shores of New York City and northern New Jersey remain vulnerable to devastation. A storm-surge barrier …

Flood-Prone Mainland Miami Neighborhood Looking to Move Due to Rising Sea

A mainland Miami, Fla., neighborhood prone to regular flooding from high tides and storms could be relocated amid preparations for rising seas under one scenario being studied by local officials. Government officials in South Florida are looking at redesigning the …

Seacoast Roads Under New Threat From Rising Sea Level

Research out of the University of New Hampshire has found that some roads, as far as two miles from the shore, are facing a new hazard that currently cannot be seen by drivers – rising groundwater caused by increasing ocean …

Sea Level Rise Could Reshape Inland Cities

When Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, cities inland saw an influx of evacuees escaping the storm and its aftermath. Now, a new University of Georgia study predicts that this could happen again as a result of sea-level rise. In …

Study Warns on Cumulative Effect of Nuisance Flooding

Climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. According to researchers at the University of California, …

Researchers Say Ocean Warming is Staggering, Risk Assessments Necessary

A new published report on ocean warming, issued this week at the World Conservation Congress, makes clear the scale of ‘ocean risk’ for the first time. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report, funded by global (re)insurer XL …

Louisiana’s Eroding Coast a $100B Nightmare for Big Oil

From 5,000 feet up, it’s difficult to make out where Louisiana’s coastline used to be. But follow the skeletal remains of decades-old oil canals, and you get an idea. Once, these lanes sliced through thick marshland, clearing a path for …

Rising Seas Threaten Coastal Homes to the Tune of $882B

When talking about housing, “underwater” usually means you owe more on a mortgage than the home is actually worth. If climate change continues apace, that term could take on a much more literal meaning. Rising sea levels could soak homeowners …

Cyclone Evacuation Helps Bangladesh Avoid High Death Toll

Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis returned Monday to wind-battered villages and rain-soaked fields after a strong storm pummeled the coast and killed at least 26 people over the weekend. Authorities had ordered about 2 million people to be evacuated from …