Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Leading the way

Miami Beach rises to the challenge of climate change

A University of Florida scientific team approaching Lignumvitae Key as part of a study to determine how fast sea levels rose in the ancient past. JOSHUA BRIGHT

New York Times

New York Times

For decades, as global warming caused land ice to melt and ocean water to expand, scientists warned that the accelerating rise of the sea would imperil the United States’ coastline. Local governments, under pressure from citizens, are beginning to act. Elections are being won on promises to invest money to protect against flooding. Miami Beach is leading the way, financing a $400 million plan that includes installing pumps and elevating sea walls.


La. governor: Nearly $9 billion in flood damage

Associated Press

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure. Edwards has requested $2 billion in federal aid from Congress for Louisiana for housing, economic development and infrastructure.


Scientists collaborate on border aquifer research

Circle of Blue

Not only are they geographic features, the rivers that mark the U.S.-Mexico border are cultural icons. But, understudied and neglected, these "transboundary aquifers" are a glaring omission for two countries that have jointly managed rivers for decades. It is not a lost cause, though. A turning point may be at hand. An aquifer research program authorized a decade ago is completing its work.

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