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Climate Change Could Decrease Sun’s Ability to Disinfect Lakes, Coastal Waters

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Science Daily, Oct. 24, 2017 A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports outlines how a rise in the amount of organic matter washed into bodies of water can stunt the ability of pathogen-killing ultraviolet rays from the Sun to penetrate the water’s surface. Scientists have already measured an increase in […]

Water Managers: Reservoir Needed, So Are Other Projects

Alex Hagen, WPTV, Oct. 26, 2017 MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Hurricane Irma brought significant rainfall across the state of Florida. Right now, Lake Okeechobee is still recovering from the storm. Harmful discharges continue east and west and environmentalists are calling for that reservoir south of the lake. At Stuart Angler in Port Salerno, Captain Giles Murphy […]

City Resilience Officers, Developers Share Lessons from an Extreme Season

Kevin Brass, Urban Land, Oct. 25, 2017 The hurricanes that ravaged the South and the Caribbean and the fires raging through the Northwest in recent months have refocused and energized resilience discussions around the United States. “Recent events are an almost weekly reminder of why we are here today,” said Marissa Aho, chief resilience officer for […]

South Florida Water Management District: Reservoir Would “Dent” Lake Okeechobee Discharges

Tyler Treadway, TCPalm, Oct. 26, 2017 WEST PALM BEACH — The proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, in conjunction with other planned projects, would “put a huge dent” in the current discharges plaguing the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, an official said Thursday. That was the bottom line Matt Morrison, the South Florida Water Management District’s head of […]

Millions of Gallons of Partly Treated Water Injected into St. Pete Aquifer During Hurricane Irma

Jane Jones, WFLA, Oct. 26, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – There are more sewage issues in St. Pete. Millions of gallons of partly treated water were injected into the aquifer during Hurricane Irma. This comes just two weeks out from the mayoral runoff between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker. During Hurricane […]

U.S. Cities Ranked Most Vulnerable to Coastal Floods Due to Climate Change

Don Jergler, Insurance Journal, Oct. 26, 2017 This week is the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which developed in late October and moved over the East Coast starting on Oct. 29, 2012, causing more than $70 billion in damage and killing 280 people. To mark that anniversary, Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on […]

Government Budgets Need to Start Preparing for Climate Change

Editorial by Mark Funkhouser, Governing, Oct. 31, 2017 When the subject is resiliency, what we usually think about are environmental issues, disaster preparedness and emergency response capacity. In its Climate Resilience Toolkit, for example, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines resiliency as “the capacity of a community, business or natural environment to prevent, withstand, […]

King Tide is Back. So How High Will the Water Rise This Time?

Howard Cohenm, Miami Herald, Nov. 2, 2017 An understandably weather-weary South Florida can’t be too excited to learn that king tide returns Friday and through the weekend. After all, a month ago the king tide, plus some crazy rains, put pockets of Miami-Dade — including Brickell, Miami Beach, Shorecrest and Doral — under flood conditions that turned […]