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Virginia Research Facility Shows How to Live With, Not Against, Rising Tides

NORFOLK, Va. — The Elizabeth River Project’s latest work doesn’t fight the rising tide. It will roll with it. The environmental group is constructing a 6,500-foot resilience lab along Colley Avenue and Knitting Mill Creek. The building has an intentional …

U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council to ID More Climate-Related Risks

The Financial Stability Oversight Council convened on Thursday to identify and address climate-related financial risk. The FOC last year published an extensive report on climate-related financial risk and issued dozens of best-practices recommendations to U.S. financial regulators to identify and …

As Sea Levels Rise, Can Chesapeake Bay’s Tangier Island Survive?

TANGIER ISLAND, Virginia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – James “Ooker” Eskridge’s family – like those of many of his neighbors – has lived on this isolated island in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay for generations. But its long traditions, which include crabbing and …

Climate Change Could Push Flood Losses in U.S. to $40B by 2050

Climate change could result in the financial toll of flooding rising by more than a quarter in the U.S. by 2050, according to new research. The research, led by the University of Bristol and published in Nature Climate Change, also …

As Charleston Seawall Looms, Some Seek More Natural Methods

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)–A plan to build a $1.1 billion seawall around much of downtown Charleston is leaning toward relying on concrete structures, although many would like to see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers include less-intrusive solutions such as living …

Damp Jersey Shore Town Ponders a Fix for ‘Sunny Day’ Floods

An elite but often-underwater beach town at the Jersey Shore is looking for its own solutions to back bay flooding, deciding it can’t wait for state and federal officials to agree on a fix. Bay Head is studying options to …

University of New Hampshire Gets $1.8M to Study Road Damage from Coastal Flooding

The University of New Hampshire has been awarded a $1.8 million grant to study how and why coastal hazards like excessive flooding are causing roads to crack and crumble. “We’re trying to better understand the causal links of not only …

U.S. Insurers Lag Euro Counterparts in Climate Rating Report

Legislation to provide farmers with tools to help New York efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change is making its way through state Legislature. The Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act passed the Assembly unanimously last week, and was …

New Jersey to Bake Climate Change Risk Into Policies, Share Costs

New Jersey will incorporate the impacts of climate change and rising seas into all its major policy decisions in the near future, and will seek to share the costs of protecting the state among all levels of government and the …

Maryland Senate Passes Measure to Fight Climate Change

The Maryland Senate voted Friday for a package of steps to fight climate change by planting 5 million trees over 10 years, increasing energy efficient buildings and committing to more electric state vehicle use. The measure would require the Maryland …