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New Broward rules protect against climate change flooding

Broward County is taking steps to keep climate change from turning future summer rainstorms into major flooding events. While much attention has focused on how rising sea levels threaten barrier islands and coastal communities, climate change will also raise groundwater levels further inland, leaving less ground to absorb South Florida’s heavy downpours. To continue reading […]

How Rising Seas and Coastal Storms Drowned the U.S. Flood Insurance Program

Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater. Long Beach Island is the largest and richest barrier island in New Jersey, an oasis of […]

Sea Level Rise Accelerated Dramatically in Recent Years, Study Finds

The findings, compiled by University of Siegen (Germany) researcher Sönke Dangendorf, as well as scientists from Spain, France, Norway and the Netherlands, were published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the study, the analysis suggested the long-warned acceleration in sea level rise is no longer imminent – it’s underway. “We […]

Miami Beach mayor says coastal cities need more state and federal help to deal with sea-level rise

Calling sea level rise an “existential threat,” Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on Thursday called on federal and state authorities to do more to help coastal cities like Miami Beach deal with rising tides that he says are threatening cities like his. Levine spoke Thursday at a conference of five government agencies that make up […]

Transit Infrastructure Must Be Made Resilient to the Effects of Climate Change

In 2012, a hurricane churned its way up the Atlantic, merged with another storm, turned toward the shoreline and made landfall in the New York region — an event with devastating effects on property and infrastructure, including transit systems. The transportation system of metropolitan New York was significantly impacted, and the after effects of Superstorm […]

Water-use planning faces uncertainty

One of the big issues is how the increased withdrawals affect lakes and streams, and water bodies connected to them such as springs, as well as the aquifer in general. One of the big issues in addressing future water demands in Florida is how the increased withdrawals affect lakes and streams, and water bodies connected […]