Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mass exodus

Report: Climate change already forcing people to leave

Visualization of sea-level rise (up to 6 feet above average high tides) and coastal flooding impacts using NOAA viewer. (Image graphic created by David McCarthy)

David McCarthy/NOAA

Business Insider and Times-Picayune

Human migration due to climate change is a threat so dire that even former President Obama weighed in. But for 17 U.S. communities, that threat is now a reality, with Native Americans being the most impacted, according to a new academic analysis. One of them is the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, which lives on Isle de Jean Charles. The tribe has been awarded a $48.3 million grant to move from its remaining sliver of land in Terrebonne Parish.

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Florida beach bonanza: Lawmakers approve $50M

Naples Daily News, Tampa Bay Times and TCPalm

The $50 million that Florida lawmakers approved Monday to nourish the state's beaches is the biggest legislative appropriation to Florida’s coasts in over a decade. The 11th-hour state budget deal didn't give Gov. Rick Scott much though, not even funding for the Lake Okeechobee dike. U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, however, plans to file a separate bill to expedite Everglades restoration projects.

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San Antonio voters say yes to infrastructure bond

Texas Public Radio

San Antonio voters overwhelmingly gave a green light for $850 million in bond projects. The 2017 bond will draw down another $350 million in private, county, state, and federal money for a $1.2 billion total investment over five years. More than half of it will pay for streets, bridges and sidewalks, with the rest of the funding going to flooding mitigation and developing a park system.

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