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Feds Propose to Spend Billions to Build Walls To Shore Up Miami From Sea Level Rise

Feds Propose to Spend Billions to Build Walls To Shore Up Miami From Sea Level Rise

Just as Tropical Storm Cristobal prepared to make landfall in Louisiana, the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) released a plan on Saturday to spend nearly $5B to build miles of sea walls around parts of Miami that are vulnerable to storm surge and sea-level rise, local media there reported.

Why This Matters:  Similar studies by the Army Corps are going on all over the country — New York City, Norfolk, Virginia, and in the Florida Keys.  The feds abruptly pulled in February the COE’s plans for a sea wall for New York City without comment.

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Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion Made Worse by Climate Change

Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion Made Worse by Climate Change

Along the Great Lakes–America’s “Third Coastline”–rising lake levels coupled with erratic weather patterns are causing alarming levels of erosion. Each year, people’s homes, as well as utility lines, are becoming dangerously close to the lake’s edge. Stronger riptides, dangerous crashing waves, and boats ramming objects hidden below the lake surface are all growing concerns for […]

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Louisiana Planning To Adapt to Sea Level Rise

Louisiana Planning To Adapt to Sea Level Rise

A new plan entitled “Our Land and Water: A Regional Approach to Adaptation” released by the state of Louisiana last month takes a clear-eyed and direct approach to deal with what the state regards as an “existential threat” from climate change as sea level rises and there continues to be major subsidence of land along the coast – in the last 80 years the state has already lost 2000 square miles that have subsided into the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Wetlands Provide Better Defense to Coastal Flooding

Wetlands Provide Better Defense to Coastal Flooding

As the U.S. must contend with more flooding events in areas like Houston and Miami, there is increasing evidence that wetlands and marshes are far more effective at protecting homes and other structures from flooding than concrete barriers.  Most recently, according to Scientific American, researchers studying the impact of 2011’s Hurricane Irene on the North Carolina coast where the storm had a 10-foot surge that destroyed roads and more than 1100 homes on the Outer Banks, a popular vacation spot. 

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