In late December of 2013, FEMA formally announced that it will now allow state, territorial, or tribal applicants for hazard mitigation assistance to include sea-level rise in their applications. Hazard mitigation assistance grant applicants have to demonstrate, via a benefit-cost analysis, that the proposed project will save as much or more money than it costs…Details
New Jersey is offering about $9.4 million to buy out 33 homeowners in a vulnerable part of New Jersey. Many of the homes for which the offer is extended were destroyed or severely damaged by Sandy. The article notes apparent unanimous support for the buyout by owners of the affected properties. This stems in part…Details
Here’s a word of caution about attributing any particular weather event to climate change. We’ve all seen stories in the popular press about weather events over the past few years, like the recent cold snaps, and how they may be some indication of climate change. In fact, it’s easy to find news and opinion articles…Details
NOAA Climate Connection this month features the 2013 Arctic Report Card, a new study on Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, and a link to the interactive website, Global Carbon Atlas. Regular features include the November National Monthly Climate Report and a schedule of upcoming webinars. Click here for a link to the newsletter.
On December 13, 2013 another bill was introduced into the U.S. House of Representative that would delay the implementation of parts of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12). The bill’s full text is available here. This bill, known as the “Flood Insurance Relief and Transparency Act of 2013,” is even more modest…Details
Over the past two weeks or so, there has been significant media coverage of sea-level rise. The Miami-Herald had a story about how rising sea levels could affect real estate values here. The Miami-Herald also has a week-long series on sea-level rise and Florida called “Elevation: Zero.” The series discusses sea-level rise projections, real estate…Details