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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 …

Commentary: Submerged Risks Haunt Low-Lying Airports

The sight of a flooded Kansai International Airport and 3,000 stranded people after Typhoon Jebi slammed into southern Japan this week should be a warning to the world’s infrastructure investors. Airports have been a highly rated asset class over the …

Minor Sea Level Rises Could Raise Global Risk for More Devastating Tsunamis

As sea levels rise due to climate change, so do the global hazards and potential devastating damages from tsunamis, according to a new study by a partnership that included Virginia Tech. Even minor sea level rise, by as much as …

Miami Neighborhood Could Become Blueprint for Handling Rising Sea Levels

On a map, the only natural water body nearby Alan and Alicia Sirkin’s Coconut Grove home is Biscayne Bay. But after living there more than 25 years, they’ve become familiar with some other ones: the river created when rain pours …

Rising Seas Raising Concern in Low-Lying Massachusetts Coastal District

In Boston’s booming Seaport District, General Electric is building its new world headquarters, Amazon is bringing in thousands of new workers, and Reebok’s red delta symbol sits atop the new office it opened last year. Three businesses are testing self-driving …

Boston Harbor Barrier Could Take 30 Years, Cost $12B

A harbor barrier to protect Boston, Mass., from rising seas and increased flooding due to climate change could cost nearly $12 billion and take more than 30 years to complete, according to a new analysis from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. …

FEMA Strips ‘Climate Change’ Mention in its Strategic Plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, responsible for dealing with the effects of disasters like hurricanes and floods, has stripped the words “climate change” from the document meant to guide its actions over the next four years. FEMA on Thursday released …

Federal Watchdog Agency to Investigate Flood Risks at Superfund Sites

A federal government watchdog agency will investigate the threats from flooding and other natural disasters to the nation’s most polluted places. The Government Accountability Office told members of Congress it was assigning investigators to study the risks to human health …

Big Insurers Brace for Perilous Future as Climate Risks Escalate

After one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons in history, the world’s biggest insurers say the industry needs to get its act together if it wants to survive climate change. Insuring against weather natural disasters could reach unaffordable levels for …