Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Eye of the storm

Rise in sea level intensifies threat from hurricanes

This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Rita over the Gulf of Mexico in 2005.


Houston Chronicle & The Advocate

As the National Hurricane Center warns of an "above-normal" Atlantic hurricane season, climate change has Gulf Coast officials on heightened alert. Rising sea levels threaten to make storm surges more dangerous, seemingly reinforcing Texas officials' push for federal funding for a storm-surge barrier, or Ike Dike, to protect Galveston. Making matters worse: The sea is rising faster along the Texas Gulf Coast, according to NOAA.


Lawmakers act to curb 'scary' trend in Everglades

CBS News

The strangely beautiful roseate spoonbill bird has raised its young along the Everglades for hundreds, likely thousands, of years. But the "spoonies" are abandoning the Everglades. Some see the trend as alarming, a powerful indicator that the health of America's unique wetlands in Florida is worsening.


White House won't commit to La. restoration


The Trump administration notified Gov. John Bel Edwards that it recognizes the state's coastal land loss problems, and promised to help speed environmental review of restoration projects. But it stopped short of committing to fund five major restoration projects under the president's infrastructure initiative, as Edwards had requested. The governor had already declared a state of emergency for the Louisiana coast in April.