State grant will help Sarasota county plan for sea level rise

Because of climate change, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection expects sea levels around the state to rise by between 2 feet and 3 feet by 2060.

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Kiribati plans to raise itself above the rising ocean

The previous president of Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the Pacific, predicted that the country's citizens would eventually become climate refugees, forced to relocate as sea level rise puts the islands underwater. But a new president elected in June now plans to elevate key areas of land above the rising seas instead.


Almost 2/3 of Americans live in counties with levees - up from 10 years ago, FEMA data shows

The share of Americans living in counties and parishes that are at least partially protected by earthen and concrete levee systems increased to 62%, or more than 201 million people,

Isaias unleashes floods and tornadoes as it pummels the Atlantic coast

Officials warned residents to stay out of harm’s way as at least two people were killed by tornadoes, and two others from fallen trees. Millions were left without power.

Sharing food, building resilience

In some small coastal communities of Alaska and British Columbia, wealth is also measured by how much food you can give.


‘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.


Rising seas puts hundreds of Superfund sites at risk, study says

The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists warns sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could be flooded during severe weather events.

Rising seas could menace millions beyond shorelines, study finds

As climate change raises sea levels, storm surges and high tides will push farther inland, a team of researchers says.

Hundreds of toxic Superfund sites imperiled by sea-level rise, study warns

A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes that more than 800 hazardous Superfund sites near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of flooding in the next 20 years, even with low rates of sea level rise.


Scientists probe ancient history of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet and find unsettling news about sea level rise

Researchers have found evidence of ice loss from Wilkes Basin in eastern Antarctica during a climate warming event 400,000 years ago, which suggests that parts of the East Antarctic ice sheet could be lost to modern warming trends—ultimately resulting in an additional 13 feet of sea level rise.

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Where will everyone go?

ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, with support from the Pulitzer Center, have for the first time modeled how climate refugees might move across international borders. This is what we found.

‘Catastrophic’ increase in Arctic wave heights predicted due to melting sea ice

More open water means bigger waves — which spells trouble for communities like Tuktoyaktuk, already faced with an eroding coastline due to permafrost thaw and the battering Beaufort Sea.


Destroying a way of life to save Louisiana

The state’s $50 billion plan to re-engineer its coastline may wash some fishing communities off the map.

Fight to save Senegalese capital's coast gains momentum

Scientists and residents sound the alarm over the destruction of ocean-side trees whose salt-tolerant roots stabilise dunes and slow coastal erosion.


Ocean justice: Where social equity and the climate fight intersect

Marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson sees her work on ocean conservation as linked to issues of social justice and climate.

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