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Virginia Resilience Lab Will Roll With Rising Tides

The Elizabeth River Project’s latest work in Norfolk, Virginia, doesn’t fight the rising tide. It will roll with it. The environmental group is constructing a 6,500-foot resilience lab along Colley Avenue and Knitting Mill Creek. The building has an intentional …

Northeastern Farmers Face New Challenges with Severe Drought

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Vermont farmer Brian Kemp is used to seeing the pastures at Mountain Meadows Farm grow slower in the hot, late summer, but this year the grass is at a standstill. That’s “very nerve-wracking” when you’re grazing …

Hawaii Waves Swamp Homes, Weddings During ‘Historic’ Swell

HONOLULU (AP) — Towering waves on Hawaii’s south shores crashed into homes and businesses, spilled across highways and upended weddings over the weekend. The large waves — some more than 20 feet (6 meters) high — came from a combination …

Damp Jersey Shore Town Ponders a Fix For ‘Sunny Day’ Floods

BAY HEAD, N.J. (AP) — An elite but often-underwater beach town at the Jersey Shore is looking for its own solutions to back bay flooding, deciding it can’t wait for state and federal officials to agree on a fix. Bay …

Public Called On to Photograph ‘King Tides,’ Flooding in NJ

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — With some of the highest tides of the year set to arrive this week, New Jersey officials are launching a campaign to have residents document flooding in their neighborhoods and upload photos to a website …

Stay or Go? As Weather Gets Wilder, States Urged to Prepare for Displacement

GENEVA — Warned that Typhoon Haiyan would slam into the coastal part of the Philippine town of Dulag in November 2013, Leah C. Caminong’s family rented a room 300 meters back from the shoreline where they planned to ride out …

NYC Leaves Billions in Sandy Aid Unspent, Adding to Risks

New York City has only spent 54% of the $14.7 billion in already-approved U.S. funds for recovery and storm-protection following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, according to city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The unspent money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the …

Researchers Examine Why Sea Level Rise is Faster Along East Coast

Sea levels are rising globally from ocean warming and melting of land ice, but the seas aren’t rising at the same rate everywhere. Sea levels have risen significantly faster in some U.S. East Coast regions compared to others. A new …

Boston Mayor Offers Waterfront Plan to Save City From Rising Seas

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled a plan Wednesday to transform the Massachusetts city’s waterfront to protect the low-lying, extensively landfilled city from climate change and rising sea levels. The Democratic mayor’s “Resilient Boston Harbor” plan calls for the creation of …

Storm Surges Are Most Costly, Dangerous Result of Hurricanes

Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence‘s monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren’t walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a …