Tag Archives: Sea Level Rise

FWS Coastal Program

​Fish and Wildlife Service announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should specify benefits for species and habitats considering the expected effects of climate change. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation and help coastal ecosystems and communities adapt to the effects of sea level rise and greenhouse gases. Applications due September 30. Learn... Read more

Is ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Climate Ready?

The “Imagine Boston 2030” draft describes a climate-ready city as one that “protects our existing housing and job centers and enables future resilient growth.” Enabling future resilient growth is as much about knowing where and how to grow as it is about knowing where and how not to, but Imagine Boston 2030 seems to suggest otherwise: “Many of the areas where Boston will grow are exposed to flooding risk as sea levels rise. By growing in these areas, Boston is... Read more

Climate Change Is Already Forcing Americans to Move

As global warming causes more extreme weather and sea-level rise, coastal communities around the U.S. are starting to think about whether, and how, to help people move away from the water. But one group of Americans is already being displaced by climate change — not through innovative urban and land-use planning, but official indifference. Read more... Read more

What’s Atlantic City’s Plan to Deal with Flooding?

With Absecon Island sinking and sea levels rising, Atlantic City finds itself on the front lines in the battle against climate change. The city has big plans to address the issue, including a sea wall, a revived Baltic Avenue Canal and bulkheads along the back bay. The seaside gambling mecca, desperately trying to reinvent itself, sees flood resiliency as a possible economic driver. But the city faces unique challenges in dealing with flooding, since Atlantic City is broke and has... Read more

The Case for Managed Retreat from Flood Zones

In the face of rising sea levels, more frequent and severe storms, and other climate change risks, flood-prone communities need to give greater consideration to strategic retreat through buyouts, a policy tool for removing residential development from the most vulnerable areas, according to new research published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in collaboration with the Regional Plan Association. Read more... Read more

Rising Tides: Designing Resilient Amenities for Coastal Cities

Market demand is the best driver for innovation, and many are making a case that the intrinsic economic value of resilient design will help drive its acceptance. The collision of forces between the need for resilience and the cost of it is producing sparks of creativity, particularly in the area of waterfront and storm-related planning. Far from a defensive role, resilience can be part of a project’s marketing strategy and mission. Read more... Read more

Zillow Models Nearly Two Million U.S. Homes Flooded by 2100

Using maps released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), real estate listing provider Zillow is predicting that almost 300 U.S. cities would lose more than half of their housing stocks by the year 2100 due to rising sea levels associated with climate change. The estimated value of these homes is $882 billion. Read more... Read more

How One Virginia City is Re-framing Sea-level Rise as an Opportunity

​ Norfolk businesses, universities, and even the local government in the low-lying coastal city are trying to re-frame the risk of sea-level rise as an opportunity. The new mindset is already starting to take hold at the most basic level of the local economy: real estate. Read more... Read more
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