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The Native Village of Shishmaref, viewed from the northeast side of Sarichef Island. Photo: Eli Keene

Rising Seas Erode Homes and History in Alaska—Let’s Talk Relocation

Victoria Herrmann,

Climate change is amplified in the Arctic, and many coastal communities are talking relocation. The cost of relocation, often emphasized, is just a small part of the story–for these communities moving means losing a common history, a way of life and their identity. Read more >

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Photo: New Jersey National Guard

The National Flood Insurance Program is up for Reauthorization: Here’s What Congress Should Do

, lead economist and climate policy manager

The National Flood Insurance Program is up for reauthorization by the end of September and the clock is ticking for legislation to extend the program. With so many homeowners and small businesses depending on this vital program, will Congress take the necessary steps to reform and strengthen the program—especially in light of the growing risks of coastal and inland flooding?

Here’s a quick rundown of the latest bills and what they might mean for the future of the program. Read more >

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Rising sea levels are already a threat to coastal historic buildings and the communities they anchor in places like Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Photo: Photo: Octavio Abruto/iLCP

What is the Cost of One Meter of Sea Level Rise?

Sean Vitousek,

The opening line of our recent Scientific Reports article reads “Global climate change drives sea level rise, increasing the frequency of coastal flooding.” Some may read this as plain fact. Others may not. Read more >

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New Interactive Map Highlights Effects of Sea Level Rise, Shows Areas of Chronic Flooding by Community

, climate scientist

A new interactive map tool lets you explore when and where chronic flooding–defined as 26 floods per year or more–will force communities to make hard choices. Here’s how to use it. Read more >

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A wide view of the rift in Larsen C from the vantage point of NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft. NASA scientist John Sonntag snapped the photos on November 10, 2016, during an Operation IceBridge flight. Photo: NASA

One of The Largest Icebergs on Record Just Broke off Antarctica. Now What?

, senior climate scientist

An iceberg, among the largest on record (since satellites started tracking in 1978), broke off the Larsen-C ice shelf along the Antarctic Peninsula.  The iceberg is greater than the area of Delaware and a volume twice that of Lake Erie.  What were the origins of this event, and now what?

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