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In a Global Warming World: Protect and Rebuild or Retreat?

Where Joe Tirone’s house in Oakwood Beach on Staten Island, New York, used to stand.  Tirone’s house was sold to the state and demolished as part of a buyout plan that will turn his neighborhood into greenspace that the state hopes will serve as protection from future storms. (Joe Tirone)
by Bill Chameides
Jan 29, 2014

Hurricane Sandy decimated coastal communities. Now what?

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Art Makes Environmental Change Real

Eve Mosher, High Water Line | NYC
by Bill Chameides
Jan 24, 2014

Experiencing the science of climate change rather than learning about it.

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Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage

In July 2010, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured, spilling some 843,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. Today the spill is still being cleaned up. And it is by no means the country's only big pipeline spill taking its toll on the environment and surrounding communities. (EPA)
by Bill Chameides
Aug 19, 2013

Could your neighborhood be next?

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Superstorm Sandy Conundrum: Rebuild or Retreat

Homes destroyed on Fire Island, NY. (USGS/Cheryl Hapke)
by Bill Chameides
Feb 7, 2013

For many storm victims whose homes were battered or destroyed by Sandy, the answer is “rebuild.” Governor Cuomo has an alternative.

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Another storm pounds the North Carolina coast (sort of)

NC 12 buckles from Sandy
by Bill Chameides
Nov 5, 2012

Did Hurricane Sandy violate the State Legislature's restriction on sea level rise?

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NC Sea Level Rise Bill Rises to the Status of Law

North Carolina Governor Bevery Perdue returned the sea level rise bill (HB 819) to the General Assembly without signing it.
by Bill Chameides
Aug 2, 2012

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue lets controversial bill stand.

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Climate Politics: North Carolina House Whiffs on Controversial Sea-Level Bill

Hurricane Irene swept ocean waters under and on top of some coastal homes in North Carolina. How much will thermal expansion and melting ice from warmer temps cause the ocean to rise? That question's being debated by state legislators, sort of. (FEMA)
by Bill Chameides
Jun 25, 2012

A victory for the enviros? Not exactly.

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Sea Level Rise, Melting Glaciers, and North Carolina Law

Last August, Hurricane Irene washed out several sections of Hwy 12 along North Carolina's Outer Banks. Accelerated sea level rise will make the North Carolina coast more vulnerable and so the state legislators are fixing to stop it. (NCDOT)
by Bill Chameides
Jun 7, 2012

North Carolina legislators are in danger of being drowned by a rising sea of scorn.

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Welcome to Hurricane Season Circa 2012

Tropical storm Beryl crashed the hurricane season party early this year, though an average season has been forecast. Climate change, though, may spell bigger storms. (NOAA)
by Bill Chameides
Jun 6, 2012

A hard rain’s gonna fall. Question is how hard and how often.

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Climate Change: North Carolinians Hope to Stop It in Its Tracks

With much at stake for North Carolina's low-lying coast, including much of the Outer Banks, rising sea levels could be the state's greatest climate-change threat. But it seems some prefer the science of sea-level rise be left out of plans and such. (NOAA)
by Bill Chameides
May 22, 2012

Legislation would just plain do away with global warming.

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