Hurricane Matthew’s Destructive Storm Surges Hint at New Normal

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Miami City’s Skyline, Through the Reflex System of a Camera. Photo courtesy of: © Marc Martinez Sarrado

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The coastal U.S. is highly vulnerable to rising seas, which are expected to surge in the coming years. Will this storm be a wake-up call?

Florida, with 1,350 miles of coastline and more than 18 million people living in coastal counties, remains one of the most vulnerable places on the planet to sea-level rise—and it grows more vulnerable with each successive binge of coastal real estate development…

Read Full Article, National Geographic (11-10-2016)

As the climate warms, we are ‘primed’ for worse storms than Sandy; Science Daily (10-06-2016)

Sandy Reminds Us of Coastal Hazards, by Robert Young

Florida’s Beaches Have a Problem, and Hurricane Matthew Ain’t Helping; Wired (10-08-2016)
Beaches are money. Tourism contributes $67 billion to the Florida’s economy, and not all those people are headed to Disney World. Besides bronzin’ and beach volleyball, sandy shorelines also support ecosystems. And yet, nearly half of Florida’s 825 miles of sandy shoreline are state-designated critical erosion areas…

Column: The future of Florida’s beaches and the public’s right to know; Op Ed. by Orrin Pilkey, (12-07-2015)

Can Florida Prepare for Climate Change Without Saying the Words?, CS Monitor (03-09-2015)
In Florida, climate change is the global phenomenon that must not be named. Since 2011, the state Department of Environmental Protection employees have been banned from using that term as well as “global warming” and “sustainability” in their work, according to a new report…

Florida Isn’t the Only State to ‘Ban’ Climate Change; LiveScience (03-10-2015)

How Your Taxes Help Inflate The Value Of Coastal Properties Threatened By Climate Change; ThinkProgress (06-05-2015)

Developers don’t get it: climate change means we need to retreat from the coast, Guardian UK (15-03-2016)
It is preposterous to build in areas that are bound to flood. So why are real estate companies still doing it?..

‘Nuisance Flooding’ An Increasing Problem As Coastal Sea Levels Rise, NOAA (07-28-2014)
A NOAA study looks at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes. Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in so-called “nuisance flooding”…

Rain, Storm Surge Combine to Put Coasts at Risk, Climate Central (07-22-2015)

Reuters’ Water’s Edge Report Part I & Part II (09-19-2014)
Despite laws intended to curb development where rising seas pose the greatest threat, Reuters finds that government is happy to help the nation indulge in its passion for beachfront living…

Coastal erosion needs our attention, South Coast Today (01-04-2016)