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Winter Storm Grayson’s Bombogenesis Brought Whiteout Conditions From Virginia to New England, Record Coastal Flooding at Boston Harbor

News
Jan
5

Winter Storm Grayson was one of the most intense western Atlantic winter storms in decades, clobbering the East Coast with blizzard conditions and major coastal flooding.

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The window for saving the world’s coral reefs is rapidly closing

For the first time, an international team of researchers has measured the escalating rate of coral bleaching at locations throughout the tropics over the past four decades. The study documents a dramatic shortening of the gap between pairs of bleaching events, threatening the future existence of these iconic ecosystems and the livelihoods of many millions of people.

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Trump Spares NO Coast, Every State at Risk: A Call To Take Action, By NRDC

News, Pollution
Jan
5

Tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep our coasts permanently off-limits to oil and gas drilling!

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Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling

The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard.

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Deadly winter storm pummels South, targets Northeast

News
Jan
3

Forecasters have extended a winter storm warning from the Gulf Coast in Florida’s “Big Bend” region all the way up the Atlantic coast. They said hurricane-force winds blowing offshore on Thursday could generate 24-foot seas. Coastal flooding, downed trees and power lines were possible along the East Coast.

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These Birds Decorate Their Nests With Trash—Here’s Why

As scientists study the makeup of birds’ nests, they’re looking for signs of human influence.

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The Texas Coastline Is Slowly Disappearing. Here’s How One Community Is Coping

Erosion, Inform
Jan
3

The Lone Star State’s shoreline is experiencing one of the highest rates of land loss of any coastal area in the country due to a combination of subsidence, sea level rise and storm surges.

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World’s largest plastics plant rings alarm bells on Texas coast

News, Pollution
Jan
3

Gas giant ExxonMobil seal a $10bn agreement with the state-owned Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) to build the world’s largest plastics facility on the Texas coast. The Exxon-Sabic project will fuel an anticipated 40% rise in global plastic production over the next decade.

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Curbing climate change: Study finds strong rationale for the human factor

Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they may also be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it, according to a new study that for the first time builds a novel model to measure the effects of behavior on climate.

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