Water & Oceans

Map Model Offers Up Data on Climate Disaster-Proofing

How well are U.S. communities preparing for the threats of climate change? A data-rich climate mapping resource that provides vibrant insight into resilience and adaptation can help reporters better understand the answer, even down to the neighborhood level. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox takes a closer look, including at the many data sets that feed into the resource.

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"US Treasury Drops Plan to Collect Insurer Data on Climate Risks"

"The US government is stepping away from its effort to collect data on home insurance prices and availability at the Zip code level as premiums soar and climate risks to property intensify. Instead, it will join in a collaborative effort with state insurance regulators."

Source: Bloomberg, 03/11/2024

"Amid Louisiana’s Crawfish Shortage, Governor Issues Disaster Declaration"

"Amid a crawfish shortage in Louisiana, the nation’s top producer of the crustaceans that are a staple in Gulf Coast seafood boils, Gov. Jeff Landry issued a disaster declaration for the impacted industry Wednesday."

Source: AP, 03/08/2024

"As Flooding Increases on the Mississippi, Forests Are Drowning"

"Ever-worsening floods are killing trees at an increasing rate along the upper Mississippi River, and invasive grasses are taking over. The Army Corps of Engineers has launched a project to restore forest and boost tree diversity, and to improve habitat for fish and birds, too."

Source: YaleE360, 03/08/2024

"In Climate-Related Flooding, A Ugandan River Turns Poisonous"

"Uganda’s Nyamwamba river, in the Rwenzori Mountains, has begun to flood catastrophically in recent years, partly due to climate change. Along the river are copper tailings pools from an old Canadian mining operation, which are becoming increasingly eroded by the flooding."

Source: Mongabay, 03/08/2024

Rare Gray Whale Seen Off Nantucket Is Good And Bad News, Says Cape Expert

"An unusual visitor to local waters has caused a stir among the region's marine scientists: a gray whale. Researchers with the New England Aquarium's aerial survey team on Tuesday reported spotting the whale 30 miles south of Nantucket during a flight on Friday — a sighting they said is "incredibly rare," considering the species has been extinct in the Atlantic Ocean for more than two centuries."

Source: Cape Cod Times, 03/08/2024


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