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Monroe County Commissioner Carruthers Testifies at Inaugural Meeting of House Climate Solutions Caucus in D.C.

Editor, Konk Life, 5/28/2017 WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers testified at the inaugural public meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Climate Solutions Caucus in Washington, D.C. Her remarks emphasized the reality that many local governments already are being forced to take expensive action to prepare for the negative impacts […]

The Hidden Costs of Sea Level Rise

Excerpt from Timothy H. Dixon’s book Curbing Catastrophe: Natural Hazards and Risk Reduction in the Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2017), posted on Alternet, 6/28/2016 GRACE [The Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment, a joint satellite mission of NASA and the German Aerospace Center] makes a map of the Earth’s gravitational field roughly once month, giving […]

U.S. Coastal Cities Will Flood More Often and More Severely, Study Warns

Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News 6/7/2017 Cities lining the U.S. coasts should brace for a lot more flooding — from “nuisance” floods that shut down streets during high tides to deluges that take lives and wipe out infrastructure. In a new study published Wednesday, researchers from Princeton and Rutgers universities warn that the current flooding […]

Stetson University researcher addresses growing threat to coastal communities

Increased flooding caused by rising sea levels is a growing threat to coastal communities in the United States. In response, Jason M. Evans, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson University, is working with Sea Grant programs and several communities in the Southeast to discover ways to adapt to rising sea levels. […]

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 […]