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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 …

RMS: Sea Level Rise Will Threaten $77B Worth of San Francisco Property by 2100

RMS has completed groundbreaking analysis to quantify the economic risk to San Francisco’s property from future sea level rise. The analysis was used to inform the city’s recently released Sea Level Rise Action Plan, commissioned by Mayor Edwin Lee, and …

Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Now Tracking Earth’s Shrinking Ice Caps

It is the morning of the last test flight before the first joint NASA-NOAA mission to map melting ice caps, and Miss Piggy is being difficult. Sitting on the flight line just outside Hangar 5 at MacDill Air Force Base, …

Study Finds Antarctic Ice Could Melt Faster Than Expected

Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica’s western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than expected by the end of the century, according to a …

Report Suggests More Planning Needed for New Hampshire Coastal Hazards

A report says New Hampshire’s coastal communities’ exposure to future flood risks is significant, and now’s the time to plan to minimize that. The New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission spent 2 1/2 years looking at areas vulnerable to …

More People Threatened by Sea Level Rise Than Previously Thought

More people live close to sea coast than earlier estimated, assess researchers in a new study. These people are the most vulnerable to the rise of the sea level as well as to the increased number of floods and intensified …