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Coastal Flooding Could Hit 20% of World GDP by 2100 – Study

LONDON — Failure to rein in climate change and bolster sea defenses could jeopardize up to a fifth of the world’s economic output by the end of the century, as flooding threatens coastal countries worldwide, according to a study released …

Bayside Islets Being Used by Eastern Shore Towns to Ease Island Flooding

At last Thursday’s high tide, a tiny tugboat named Bonnie pulled a red barge through Great Egg Harbor Bay, N.J. It headed to Beesleys Point 2 miles away to be filled with up to 300 tons of rock before returning …

New Jersey Shore Homeowners Drop Suit Fighting Sand Dunes

Some of the most resolute holdouts against a plan to build protective sand dunes in a part of the New Jersey shore hit hard by Superstorm Sandy have dropped their lawsuit against the plan. Seven homeowners in Margate, south of …

Global Weather Agency Takes 3 Hurricane Names Off the List

WMO’s Hurricane Committee announced that it will no longer use the names Erika and Joaquin for future tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic, and the name Patricia will no longer be used in the eastern North Pacific. The three …

California Residents Using Drones to Map El Nino Flooding

Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline’s changing face. Starting this month, The Nature Conservancy is asking tech junkies to capture the flooding and coastal erosion that come with El Nino, a …

AIR Adds Storm Surge Feature to U.S. Hurricane Model

Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has updated its hurricane model for the U.S. to help insurers and reinsurers better understand and quantify the risk from hurricanes. The update features a hydrodynamic storm surge module that integrates storm parameters …

Researchers Find East Coast Hurricanes Can Flood the Midwest

Located hundreds of miles inland from the nearest ocean, the Midwest is unaffected by North Atlantic hurricanes. Or is it? With the Nov. 30 end of the 2014 hurricane season just weeks away, a University of Iowa researcher and his …

Funding Approved for NYC Waterfront Project

The federal government has approved funding to start a $50 million flood-mitigation project along the Queens waterfront to better protect Howard Beach against rising sea levels and storm surges similar to those that caused extensive damage during Superstorm Sandy, Gov. …

Flaws Seen in Philippine Disaster Prep and Response

Hours before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, authorities had evacuated 800,000 people and sent them to sturdy evacuation centers — churches, schools and public buildings. But the brick-and-mortar structures were simply no match for the jet-force winds and massive walls …

Haiyan Storm Surges Caught Philippines by Surprise

Hours before Typhoon Haiyan hit, Philippine authorities moved 800,000 people to sturdy evacuation centers – churches, schools and public buildings. But the brick-and-mortar structures were simply no match for the jet-force winds and massive walls of waves that swept ashore …