Posts Tagged ‘ sea level rise ’

Rising climate unease: Sea level predictions, stormy weather trends prompt new awareness in communities

May 12th, 2014 | By

A newly formed municipal panel met for the first time to contemplate how to help this low-lying coastal community cope with what one member likened to a natural disaster happening in slow motion.

Best Defense Against Advancing Sea? Retreat!

Apr 30th, 2014 | By
Dock and dine getting hammered by the sea #StormSandyOS

“Dumb & Dumber” is the movie that comes to mind when I think about the government policy that declares war against the sea, rather than providing incentives to help residents move out of the way. Click on this Environmental Headline to read more from Robert Thorson in The Hartford Courant.

Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause, according to the executive summary of a report due out May 2. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.

Scenic Hudson launches interactive Hudson River map

May 30th, 2013 | By

Scenic Hudson’s adaptation tool box offers an interactive map for visualizing where future high tides and flood zones could reach. The website also features links to resources for shoreline adaptation and scientific data. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Sea level takes on new importance in Connecticut

May 30th, 2013 | By

State regulators for the first time will have the authority to consider sea level rise as one of the factors in applications for money under the state’s Clean Water Fund as a result of legislation that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law, officials said. “I think people realize that these are factors that we should be taking into account,” said state Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, chairman of the state’s Shorefront Preservation Task Force. The bill was one of four that emerged from the task force’s work.

Climate Victims Deserve a Hearing, Whether Here or in The Hague

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

Last year, several small island states called on the U.N. General Assembly to request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the responsibilities of nations whose emissions of greenhouse gases within their jurisdictions contribute to serious harms in other countries. Sensing that endless political negotiations have resulted in little progress internationally, the

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Sound wisdom: Darien seas rising faster than global average

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

Brian Thompson, director of the office of Long Island Sound Programs for the DEEP, says shoreline communities and marshland ecosystems are most affected by rising sea levels.

“As sea level rises, there in a natural setting, there would be opportunity for wetlands to migrate inland and establish new areas,” Thompson said.

David DesRoches of the Darien Times reports.

Study: Long Island in Sea Level ‘Hotspot’

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

A new study finds that a broad coastal zone is prone to higher rates of rising sea levels: Is Long Island sinking? A new scientific study places Long Island in the middle of a 600-mile coastal “hotspot” that researchers say is experiencing higher rates of sea level increases. The bottom line implication is that, over

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Shoreline Democrats settle on Meyer, Widlitz; GOP putting up Cartier, Trotta

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

Widlitz is running for a 10th term and says her priorities include school reform to close the achievement gap, the Long Island Sound caucus, climate change and small business incentives. For more on this story, visit: Shoreline Democrats settle on Meyer, Widlitz; GOP putting up Cartier, Trotta- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven,

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Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Habitat Concern Visitors to National Wildlife Refuges

May 16th, 2012 | By

Visitors to national wildlife refuges are concerned about the impact of climate change on America’s fish, wildlife and plants ? as well as the habitat that supports them, a new survey just released by the U…S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows. The survey also shows strong support for efforts to help native species adapt to changing climate conditions, such as those now being implemented by the Service and its partners.

Coastal management legislation balances environmental concerns with property rights

May 9th, 2012 | By

Legislation to protect the shoreline from such ravages of future storms, as well as the compounding impact of sea level rise, has passed the General Assembly. While it stops far short of a list of mandates, it does represent a sea-change — so to speak — in what the state considers necessary to manage the

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Study: Historic Rise to Sea Levels in Pacific Ocean Linked to Climate Change

Apr 14th, 2012 | By

A rapid rise in sea levels in Southwest Pacific Ocean has ocurred, according to a new study, and researchers say human-made climate change is likely the cause for significant rises in the 20th century. Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia, partnered with other British universities, measured sea levels going back 6,000 years and

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Legislature retreats on sea level dilemma

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By

The state legislature’s Environment Committee has chosen to retreat from the thorniest issue in the climate change legislation known as An Act Concerning Certain Revisions to the Coastal Zone Management Statutes. Originally, the proposal, HB5128, would “encourage a fair and orderly legal process to foster strategic retreat of property ownership, over a period of several

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Shoreline residents wary of rising sea level legislation

Feb 26th, 2012 | By

Tough decisions on how to best protect the state’s shoreline in light of considerable damage to homes from Tropical Storm Irene are not likely to be legislated until 2013 as Connecticut balances property rights with planning for rising sea levels. State Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, will chair the Climate Change and Shoreline Preservation Task

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Rising seas, increased storm surges will put NY’s coastlines at risk: Task Force

Nov 12th, 2010 | By

A draft report of the Task Force’s findings and recommendations was released Nov. 9 and is available for public review and comment through Dec. 12. Conservative projections of sea level rise by the end of the century are 7 to 23 inches, but some projections predict a rise of more than four-and-a-half-feet by 2100.