High tide coastal flooding in US has doubled in the past 30 years

June 7, 2018 by  
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A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finds that the frequency of coastal flooding at high tide across the U.S. has doubled in the past 30 years. This type of flooding, often referred to as “sunny day flooding,” occurs without the presence of a storm; the floodwaters simply arrive with the high tide. In 2017, there was an average of six high-tide flooding days, a record high, in each of the 98 coastal areas studied. Researchers expect the next two years to bring much of the same, while the long-term forecast, exacerbated by rising sea levels and increased occurrences of extreme weather, is more foreboding. In 2017, the Northeast and the Gulf of Mexico regions were the most affected by high tide coastal flooding. Boston , Massachusetts and Atlantic City, New Jersey experienced 22 days of flooding, while Galveston, Texas, in addition to being hit by Hurricane Harvey , was affected by 18 days of high tide coastal flooding. Because of cyclical climate conditions, NOAA expects the next two years to be as bad or worse for coastal flooding in at least half of the 98 areas featured in the study. Related: California’s wild extremes of flooding and drought will only get worse as the planet warms “Breaking of annual flood records is to be expected next year and for decades to come as sea levels rise, and likely at an accelerated rate,” the report reads. “Though year-to-year and regional variability exists, the underlying trend is quite clear: due to sea level rise , the national average frequency of high tide flooding is double what it was 30 years ago.” Hurricanes and extreme weather may cause acute incidents of devastation, but the report suggests that mundane high tide coastal flooding represents a different, more pervasive kind of threat. “We need to rethink our relationship with the coastline because it’s going to be retreating for the foreseeable future,” geologist Andrea Dutton told the Guardian . “We need to take this report as a warning to prepare ourselves, or we will just sit around and wait for disaster to happen.” Despite the imminent threat, the U.S.  currently has no federal plan to adapt to rising sea levels and increased flooding. + NOAA Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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Why Many Americans May Flee to Alaska in the Coming Decades

September 24, 2014 by  
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Job opportunity, the cool factor and affordability may no longer be the major reason Americans move. Instead, climate change may force people to flee certain regions into cities that can maintain cooler temperatures and ward off rising sea levels. Scientists predict that most of California and the Southwest, along with the East Coast and Southeast will be disaster zones in a few decades due to drought, wildfires, heat waves, hurricanes and rising sea levels. But the Pacific Northwest, the northern Great Plains and the Midwest are predicted to fair much better as global warming heats up. Read the rest of Why Many Americans May Flee to Alaska in the Coming Decades Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska , California , camilo mora , Climate Change , climate refuge , climate refugees , climatopolis , coasts , detroit , Drought , east coast , environmental economics , environmental refugees , extreme weather , heat waves , hurricanes , matthew e. kahn , midwest , milwaukee , Minneapolis , national climate data center , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , Nature , northern great plains , Pacific Northwest , rising sea levels , rising temperatures , salt lake city , southeast , southwest , thomas c. peterson , university of california los angeles , university of hawaii , water stress , wildfires

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Tesla shows off 90-second battery swapping

June 21, 2013 by  
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Battery swapping stations didn't save Better Place, but Tesla Motors hopes to roll them out soon along the West and East Coasts.

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Reliable Structures: A Truly Minimalist Table

April 23, 2010 by  
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Talk about minimal! Caroline Woolard and Elizabeth Tubergen of the 6 Foot Collaboratory have designed the simplest of all possible tables, supported entirely by the cooperation of the diners. Designboom writes that “users must band together, literally holding the furniture together with their bodies.” Just don’t forget the salt…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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