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Visit this website for climate funding opportunities available as of July 2014. Be mindful of deadlines, as some are fast approaching. Don’t miss your opportunity to receive funding for your climate adaptation project.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, along with other partners and government agencies, has received funding through the Disaster Relief Act to help restore coastlines and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Part of the funding will be used for a coastal resilience study, and part will be used for outer continental shelf resource evaluation, state cooperative agreements for coastal resilience, and environmental monitoring.
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Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey recognizes that we are currently living with climate change. Hoboken has experienced several flooding events after Hurricane Sandy caused so much damage to the city. Mayor Zimmer knows it is time to be proactive. Implementing adaptation strategies is her number one priority. Listen to the full interview to hear some of the plans she has in mind for Hoboken.
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While we spend billions of dollars building protective seawalls and levees that are also expensive to maintain, we need to keep in mind that natural defenses can help do that same job...for free. Ecosystems offer natural services that include absorbing wind and wave energy, protecting shorelines from erosion, and absorbing greenhouse gases that cause global warming. These resources are valuable, as they protect our coastal communities. Read the full article to find out how valuable ecosystem serves really are.
With Tybee Island already experiencing frequent tidal flooding, residents are left wondering what the future will hold with more increased sea level rise. Experts say a lot of decisions will need to be made in order to keep the island habitable. Several ideas have come up that would help alleviate some existing flood issues, such as elevating the highway and improving upon the dune system. Read the full article to learn more.
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Now on to #HurricanePrep month: The NOAA Climate Prediction Center predicts a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season this year for the Atlantic basin. With the anticipated development of El Niňo this summer, conditions might be difficult for hurricanes to form.
NOAA hurricane experts visited five Gulf of Mexico Coast cities aboard a hurricane hunter aircraft last week to raise awareness of hurricanes and encourage residents to be prepared for the season. The team of experts was accompanied by staff from local emergency management agencies, FEMA, non-profit organizations, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, and local NOAA National Weather Service forecast offices at each stop.
Don’t forget this week is hurricane preparedness week. Follow #HurricanePrep on Facebook and Twitter for information, resources, and tips on how to prepare for hurricane season.
Six of New York’s municipalities are now certified “Climate Smart”: Albany, Kingston, Orange County, Watervliet, Cortlandt, and Dobbs Ferry. New York’s Climate Smart program helps communities become more energy efficient, promote recycling, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and become more resilient.
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Many of us faced harsh winters this past season. Like the author of this article, coastal South Carolina was hit by several freezes, not a regular occurrence for us. I struggled, not only to save what was growing, but to make a decision about when to plant in the Spring since we experienced near-freezing temperatures close to our last frost date. I’ve come to learn that we can’t predict how the weather will react with climate change, but choosing plants that are more native to your area might help your yard and garden stand a chance. And native species might also give other species that depend on them, such as butterflies, a fighting chance.
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Well they say more and more marriages are ending in divorce. The birds are no exception. According to the U.S. National Climate Assessment, fluctuations in climate increase the probability of avian infidelity (producing offspring with other mates) and divorce (starting a new nest). Read the full article for more insight on our unfaithful feathery friends.
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