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Thousands of Homes Keep Flooding, Yet They Keep Being Rebuilt Again

Can you imagine living in a property that has flooded 10 times? How about 20 times? These properties—and more than 30,000 others that have flooded multiple times—illustrate the current problems of the National Flood Insurance Program and also provide some insights into how challenging it will be to cope with sea level rise, flooding due to extreme weather, as well as other impacts of climate change.


Looking to Holland to find more sand for Galveston Island, Texas

For years, sand has been returned to eroded beaches and dunes on Galveston Island by bulldozers and backhoes at a cost of millions of dollars. Now, a new idea: let Mother Nature do the work.


One of the World’s Biggest Fisheries Is on the Verge of Collapse

Encompassing 1.4 million square miles, the South China Sea is one of the world’s most important fisheries, employing more than 3.7 million people and bringing in billions of dollars every year. But after decades of free-for-all fishing, dwindling stocks now threaten both the food security and economic growth of the rapidly developing nations that draw on them.


Volcanic eruption masked acceleration in sea level rise

The cataclysmic 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines masked the full impact of greenhouse gases on accelerating sea level rise, according to a new study.


The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by the radioactive elements dispersed across the planet by nuclear bomb tests, although an array of other signals, including plastic pollution, soot from power stations, concrete were now under consideration.


After five weeks and 1,100 miles, a deeper love of the California coast, a greater desire to watch over it


Our coast is a gift, and we share a duty to preserve and nurture it for our grandchildren, to teach them to do the same, and to foster appreciation.


Hawaii Is Now Home to an Ocean Reserve Twice the Size of Texas

President Barack Obama on Friday turned to the ocean to create the largest protected area anywhere on Earth—a half-million-square-mile arc of remote Pacific waters known for both exceptional marine life and importance to native Hawaiian culture.


As summer draws to a close, Israel beaches’ still plagued by garbage

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Only 47.4 percent of Israel’s beaches were deemed “clean” to “very clean” in the latest Clean Coast Index, a collection of measurements issued periodically by the Environmental Protection Ministry during the summer months.


Hiding in plain sight: Vast reef found hiding behind Great Barrier Reef

James Cook University, University of Sydney and Queensland University of Technology scientists working with laser data from the Royal Australian Navy have discovered a vast reef behind the familiar Great Barrier Reef.


New map shows alarming growth of the human footprint

Scientists say a new map of the ecological footprint of humankind shows 97 percent of the most species-rich places on Earth have been seriously altered…

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