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King Tides and the “Supermoon”—Time and Tide Wait for No Man

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The laws of physics are unchanged by the US presidential election: the planet is still warming, sea levels are still rising, and the moon is still circling the earth. Read more >

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“Unstoppable” Destabilization of West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Threshold May Have Been Crossed

, senior climate scientist

Losing all the ice shelves of Antarctica would be like losing each flying buttress that supported a gothic building.  Collapse is the inevitable result.  Read more >

Map Images by NASA; Labels added by Brenda Ekwurzel
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People take in the King Tide spectacle on Boston's Long Wharf, Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

King Tide’s Gift: Gentle Awakenings to a Rapidly Changing World

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

If this is how we on the coasts get accustomed to living in a climate-changed world—literally “getting our feet wet”—I think we can count ourselves lucky. Because there are much harsher ways to wake up to our changing world. Read more >

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Coastal Planning Failures: Rising Seas Can Worsen Inequities

, senior climate scientist

The State of the Climate in 2015 assessment, just released by the American Meteorological Society, has confirmed that 2015 clocked in with the highest global sea level for Earth over the satellite record period. Read more >

NOAA Climate.gov
Figure by Brenda Ekwurzel adapted from data in report by Zillow
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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The National Flood Insurance Program Must Be Improved: 5 Ways to Promote Climate Resilience

, lead economist and climate policy manager

If you own a home along the coast or elsewhere in a floodplain, you may have heard of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). What you may not know is that this program doesn’t just provide insurance; it is also critical for how we assess risks and help protect people and property in flood-prone areas.

The NFIP is up for Congressional re-authorization in September 2017, and it’s time to consider changes that would make the program work better, especially in light of growing development in floodplains and climate change. Read more >

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