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Sea Level Rise Threatens Hundreds of U.S. Energy Facilities

Published 4/18/12

New Report: Sea Level Rise Threatens Hundreds of U.S. Energy Facilities (PDF) News: Senate Hearing Focuses on Threat of Sea Level Rise Watch: Archived webcast of Senate hearing Read: Ben Strauss' Senate testimony Read: Senate testimony of five witnesses  Description: Coastal energy facilities threatened by sea level rise and coastal flooding. Date: April 19, 2012 Full PDF of Report Summary: Sea level rise from global warming is well on the way to doubling the risk of coastal floods 4 feet or more over high tide by 2030 at locations nationwide. In the lower 48 states, nearly 300 energy facilities stand on land… More »

Senate Hearing on Thursday for Sea Level Rise

Published 4/18/12

By Climate Central New Report: Sea Level Rise Threatens Hundreds of U.S. Energy Facilities (PDF) News: Senate Hearing Focuses on Threat of Sea Level Rise Watch: Archived webcast of Senate hearing Read: Ben Strauss' Senate testimony Read: Senate testimony of five witnesses  Politicians don’t talk much about climate change these days, but Thursday will be an exception. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, chaired by Jeff Bingaman (D, N.M), will hold hearings into the impact of sea level rise on U.S. infrastructure. The significance of these impacts has become increasingly… More »

Florida and the Rising Sea

Published 4/16/12

By Ben Strauss Note: First published in the Miami Herald Florida is in the crosshairs of climate change. Rising seas, a population crowded along the coast, porous bedrock, and the relatively common occurrence of tropical storms put more real estate and people at risk from storm surges aggravated by sea level rise in Florida, than any other state by far. Some 2.4 million people and 1.3 million homes, nearly half the risk nationwide, sit within 4 feet of the local high tide line. Sea level rise is more than doubling the risk of a storm surge at this level in South Florida by 2030.… More »

New Map Tool and Widgets: What’s Your Coastal Flood Risk?

Published 3/8/12

By Michael D. Lemonick This is the first map ever created that lets you see the combined coastal flood threat from sea level rise and storm surge, town by town and city by city from Maine to the State of Washington. Just type in your Zip code or the name of your community, choose a water level anywhere from 1 to 10 feet above the current high-tide line, and you can see what areas might be at risk of flooding from water that high. You can also go to any one of 55 tide gauges we studied around the country, and see the… More »

Florida Counties Unite To Prepare for Climate Change

Published 1/12/12

By Michael D. Lemonick If you worry about the looming risk posed by climate change, it’s easy to start feeling hopeless. Last month, the UN’s COP-17 climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, ended with little more than a commitment to keep working toward a new agreement to limit emissions, which might or might not eventually be ratified. In the U.S., at the national level, many politicians won’t even talk about climate change. Many of those who do it claim they’re not convinced — even though the vast majority of climate scientists… More »