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‘Flood City': Norfolk’s issues with sea level rise at center of new national podcast

Norfolk's no stranger to the limelight when it comes to sea level rise and climate change. Home to the world's largest naval base, our slice of Tidewater has been featured in countless government and nonprofit reports and in the dateline of national news stories on the issue.

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Climate

Virginia Beach approves sea level rise plan, will require developers to take more flooding into account

The Virginia Beach City Council has taken steps to prepare for higher tides in the coming decades, passing a sea level rise plan that provides a sweeping vision for how to safeguard this coastal community and voting to require developers to account for more flooding.

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As Virginia Beach prepares for sea level rise, officials avoid climate change and punt on carbon emissions

In all of their recent preparations for sea level rise, city staff have steered clear of what most experts say is causing the tides to creep higher and higher. By design, they rarely, if ever, utter the words “climate change" - and they specifically avoid attributing any such change directly to humans.

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Norfolk will let neighborhoods raise their own taxes to pay for flooding fixes

Under new rules, residents in an area can form a "special service district" to pay themselves for projects the city can't fund right away.
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Virginia Beach wants to require developers to factor in sea level rise for new projects

The more stringent standards would be an effort to protect new properties from the increasing risk of flooding in Virginia's largest city as sea level rise is set to accelerate.

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Toxics

Pollution "scrubbers" on ships keep the air cleaner - but they can make the water dirtier

A growing number of environmentalists are warning that "scrubbers" increasingly used to clean dirty cargo ship fuel and improve air quality are discharging pollutants into the sea.

Editorial

Green New Deal moves parameters of climate debate

THE PACKAGE OF environmental initiatives and regulations known as the “Green New Deal" being debated in Washington may not be the best way for the United States to take a firm hold of its future by addressing climate change.

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Sea level rise could cost Virginia Beach billions of dollars, study says

Faced with the threat of more rainfall, increased flooding and sea levels rising at twice the global rate, a consultant's study warned that climate change's future impacts on Virginia's largest city could cost billions of dollars.

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Water

Dog poop a major contributor to stormwater pollution on Outer Banks

Animal waste - especially from dogs - is a major contributor to water pollution on the Outer Banks. But it's also one of the easiest pollutants to prevent.

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Norfolk company's flood sensors could help save people, property

Green Stream aims to provide residents real-time data of water inundating streets.

Water

Progress on cleaner bay must continue

Human activities pollute the bay, but if we continue to take care, we can reverse decades of damage, and we can minimize future effects.

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Billion and billions of new oysters to be added to Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation leads the largest-ever partnership pushing for an expansion for the tasty and iconic pollution-fighting bivalve.
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Responsibility for global warming is in our hands

Earlier this month, 13 federal agencies released an exhaustive assessment of the country's climate, concluding that Americans are now living in the “warmest period in the history of modern civilization."

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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