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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, […]

Everglades Restoration Must Deal with Rising Ocean, New Report Says

David Fleshler, SunSentinel, Oct. 17, 2018 Are we restoring the Everglades just so the ocean can swallow a lot of it back up? Eighteen years into the multi-billion-dollar restoration of the Everglades, a scientific review committee called Wednesday for a broad re-examination of future projects in light of the changing climate and rising oceans. The National […]