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Region’s Business Leaders Must Step Up, Take Action on Sea-Level Rise

Editorial, Sun Sentinel, Oct. 31, 2018 t last year’s annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, we were encouraged when business leaders not only acknowledged the threat sea-level rise poses to the region, but the role they need to play in addressing it. It was a major step forward in attracting the financial and political muscle […]

Science Shows Hurricane Irma Affected 57,000 More Homes Due to Sea-Level Rise

First Street Foundation, The Invading Sea, Nov. 1, 2018   With each passing hurricane season, Florida’s coastal communities brace themselves for storms that seem to be getting worse. After the devastating 2017 hurricane season and the unexpected and rapid acceleration of Hurricane Michael, homeowners are growing increasingly concerned about the effect that worsening storm surge could […]

FEMA Flood Maps Ignore Climate Change and Homeowners Are Paying the Price

James Bruggers, Inside Climate News, Nov. 1, 2018   The official map laid it out for more than 200 homes within the community of Mexico Beach, Florida: the federal government had characterized their flooding risks as minimal, despite their near-beachfront locations. That meant for them there were no requirements to buy flood insurance, and local residents […]

How Two USFSP Professors Changed the Conversation Around Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise

Benjamin Smet (OPEN) Interview with Dr. Barnali Dixon and Dr. Rebecca Johns (iCAR Conference), Catalyst, Nov. 7, 2018 Last week, the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg hosted the fourth Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) conference. The conference was born out of the World Bank 2013 report, 10 Coastal Cities at Greatest […]

Coastal Cities Consider waterfront Parks Over Sea Walls to Combat Flooding

Kristin Hunt, Greenmatters, Nov. 9, 2018 Cities along the coast have typically relied on sea walls to keep the ocean out. These concrete and steel embankments mitigate flooding when storms whip the waters onto land, and they currently protect the residents of countless ocean-adjacent towns. But according to Stateline, U.S. city leaders are reconsidering their […]

Emerging Best Practices for Utility Grid Hardening

Jeremy Clark, Utility Dive, Nov. 5, 2018 Today’s utilities face a number of growing and complex challenges, from new and changing environmental regulations to evolving technologies, aging infrastructure and rising customer expectations. In addition to these technology and human challenges, utilities are being forced to confront the impacts of climate change as manifested through stronger hurricanes, […]

Far From the Shattered Coast, Hurricane Michael Packed an Unexpected Punch

Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, Oct. 13, 2018 MARIANNA, Fla. — After carving a path of despair along the coast of Florida’s Panhandle, Hurricane Michael drubbed the state’s inland rural communities with such unexpected brutal force that it left residents and officials stunned — and facing a daunting recovery. That a ferocious storm could blast north […]