Sea Level Rise

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In major shift, Obama administration will plan for rising seas in all federal projects

In major shift, Obama administration will plan for rising seas in all federal projects

President Obama will issue an executive order Friday directing federal agencies–as well as state and local governments drawing on federal funds–to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that future flooding will be more frequent and intense due to climate change. The order, described by senior administration officials, represents a major shift for the […]

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300,000 at risk in Lower Mainland flood: experts

300,000 at risk in Lower Mainland flood: experts

More than 300,000 homes and billions of dollars of infrastructure could be affected by a major flood in the Lower Mainland because our dikes haven’t been built to withstand more severe flooding caused by climate change, reports and experts say. A $500,000 push is under way to assess how bad the damage could be and […]

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Resilient shores: After Sandy, climate scientists and architects explore how to co-exist with rising tides

Resilient shores: After Sandy, climate scientists and architects explore how to co-exist with rising tides

After the wind, rain and waves of Hurricane Sandy subsided, many of the modest homes in the Chelsea Heights section of Atlantic City, New Jersey, were filled to their windows with murky water. Residents returned to find roads inundated by the storm surge. Some maneuvered through the streets by boat. This mode of transport could […]

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Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change – Annenberg Space for Photography – Los Angeles photo exhibit report

Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change – Annenberg Space for Photography – Los Angeles photo exhibit report

On view from December 13, 2014 to May 3, 2015 at the Annenberg Space for Photography is a timely exhibition focused on coastal resiliency called Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change.  The exhibition features work from acclaimed fine art, news and architectural photographers Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, Jonas Bendiksen and Monica Nouwens, and will include a number of newly […]

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Bad News for Florida: Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off

Bad News for Florida: Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off

Existing computer models may be severely underestimating the risk to Greenland’s ice sheet — which would add 20 feet to sea levels if it all melted — from warming temperatures, according to two studies released Monday. Satellite data were instrumental for both studies — one which concludes that Greenland is likely to see many more […]

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Here’s what your city will look like when the ice sheets melt

Here’s what your city will look like when the ice sheets melt

Seattle mapmaker and urban planner Jeffrey Linn loves cities. “I spend a lot of time thinking about cities and how people fit into them,” he writes on his website. “I walk. I bus. I sometimes bike. I like trains and cables and pantographs. I think the row house is the pinnacle of residential urban form.” Recently, […]

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Community flood maps

Community flood maps

The interactive map tool depicts the landward extent of flooding (how far floodwaters would travel in a horizontal direction) — and how deep the water could become — in the event of a one percent annual chance (or 100-year) flood. In areas with the greatest risk of flooding, known as Special Flood Hazard Areas, a […]

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The crisis of rising sea levels Water’s Edge: a Reuters series

The crisis of rising sea levels Water’s Edge: a Reuters series

In metro Houston, an uphill fight to build a Texas-size defense against the next big storm Part 3: Hurricane Ike sent a clear message that the people and vital energy industry of one of America’s largest urban areas needed protection from rising seas. Six years later, the only plan with any traction is a professor’s […]

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