One year later, are we applying lessons from Hurricane Sandy? The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Science in Connecticut recalls another monster storm and says we need nature — and a big-picture approach — to prepare our communities for the storms of the future.
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The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva is interviewed about recent research highlighting the risk of storm surge to U.S. coastal residents and the role of nature in helping to defend our communities.
American voters passed 46 out of 57 state and local funding measures for land and water conservation, underscoring bipartisan support for nature – and all of its benefits for people.
Check out the California Climate Change Chronicles to catch up on breaking climate policy news: California’s governor has signed a trio of bills into law dealing with emissions reductions, economic benefits for communities and coastal resilience to climate change.
After too many encounters with “I”-named hurricanes, Sarene Marshall’s family has kept a wary eye on storm Isaac brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Residents of Monroe County and the Florida Keys seek solutions as they look to the future and see more salt water rising all around. Joining with partners and government officials, staff from The Nature Conservancy are joining the conversation about a county plan.
Nature can help people innovate as we search for solutions to deal with rapid environmental change. The Nature Conservancy’s adaptation expert, Frank Lowenstein, joined a radio discussion this week on how innovation can help us cope with challenges like sea levels rising on the edges of our cities.
With Hurricane Irene in recent memory, Connecticut considers ways to promote local coastal planning for higher seas and the potential for damage from storms. New Coastal Resilience planning tools are available online.
Frank Lowenstein, The Nature Conservancy’s climate adaptation strategy leader, discusses how people are preparing for a changing planet – from drought and wildfires to rising seas – on Public Radio International’s Living on Earth. Check out the full interview.
A new study in the journal Natural Hazards co-authored by Conservancy fellow Christine Shepard (left) takes a look at how people and property on the southern shores of Long Island might be affected with an increase in sea levels about as high as an English Springer Spaniel is tall. This scenario suggests 73 percent more property losses from a mid-sized hurricane — and this is a conservative estimate of what may lie ahead. Damages per property rises with the depth of water, but mapping future sea levels can help people to prepare.
The Nature Conservancy hosts Chinese scientists for a tour of coastal sites on Long Island Sound and Louisiana to share research and tools for preparing for sea-level rise.
The scientists from State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, part of East China Normal University in Shanghai, had worked with The Conservancy before to develop a management plan for Dongtan National Nature Reserve, a 60,000-acre wetland reserve on Chongming Island, the world’s largest alluvial island, situated in the delta of the Yangtze River.
San Francisco Bay region’s first look at sea level rise offers lessons for bringing people together to look ahead.
The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission recently released a new report and adopted a revised land use plan, making a great topic for my new column, focusing on preparation and safety from climate risks, here at Planet Change. So, I’ve asked Sarah Newkirk, director of Coastal Conservation at The Nature Conservancy in California, some questions about it.
With Hurricane Irene preparations taking place all along the East Coast of the U.S. heading into the weekend, Connecticut and New York are strengthening their coasts.
New Coastal Resilience Tool is helping communities see how future storms – and higher sea levels – may affect their shores, coastal settlements and infrastructure.
Climate change writer Lisa Hayden begins a six-part series on her recent trip to the Yucatan region in eastern Mexico.
A reader is planning to retire in Florida, but first wants to know what the climate change impacts could be in that state. Our scientists give her some information that could help her decide where NOT to move.