Study Finds Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever

Study Finds Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever

The world’s glaciers are melting faster than ever before, and it’s having significant consequences on the oceans, wildlife, and our coastlines. A study published Wednesday found that nearly all the world’s glaciers are melting, and some are withering at rates 31 percent higher than 15 years ago. 

Why This Matters: As glaciers melt, habitats for critical species disappear, water sources deplete, coastlines recede, and dangerous glacial bursts threaten communities.

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The Supermoon Is More Than Pretty, It’s Powerful

The Supermoon Is More Than Pretty, It’s Powerful

Don’t underestimate the power of the moon. Super full moons like the one last night happen when the moon is closest to Earth, and they bring higher tides. For coastal cities like Miami or Boston or Norfolk, high tides also mean an increased risk of flooding.

Why This Matters: “In short, the moon has very strong control over how we experience sea level. It doesn’t affect sea-level rise, but it can hide or exaggerate it,” writes Brian McNoldy, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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A Policy Solution to California’s Coastal Housing Crisis?

A Policy Solution to California’s Coastal Housing Crisis?

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Southern California’s famed coastline is home to some of the nation’s most desirable real estate, yet rising seas are quickly putting these homes in jeopardy. And over the next decades, $100 billion worth of American homes could potentially suffer massive damage from chronic flooding. California state legislator Ben Allen […]

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North Carolina Plans For Green-Infrastructure To Counter Storms

North Carolina Plans For Green-Infrastructure To Counter Storms

North Carolina Coastal Federation has a nature-based plan for dealing with heavy rainfall that captures and filters water instead. Green infrastructure includes solutions like rain gardens, restoring wetlands, and permeable pavement. The state plan calls for comprehensive incorporation of nature-based stormwater strategies across roadways, farmland, and in new building construction. 

Why This Matters: It’s not just sea-level rise that causes increased flooding and infrastructure damage: heavy rains can be just as disruptive. Using plants, dirt, and other natural ways to handle excess water is often simpler and more cost-effective than their conventional counterparts.

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The World’s Cities Are Sinking

The World’s Cities Are Sinking

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer How much does a city weigh? You can’t put San Francisco on a scale, but new research from the US Geological Service estimates that the number is 1.6 trillion kilograms, about the same as 250,000,000 elephants.  This isn’t just a clever math problem, though: all that weight is causing […]

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The Bay Area’s Rising Groundwater a Toxic Time Bomb

The Bay Area’s Rising Groundwater a Toxic Time Bomb

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A lesser-known facet of climate change could threaten California’s San Francisco Bay Brea: rising groundwater. As Bay Area sea level rises, so does groundwater which comes with a host of externalities.  It seeps through basement cracks, chronically backs up toilets, corrodes pipes, and worst of all: resurfaces toxic substances […]

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