Editor’s Note: WRI Expert Kristin Meek will testify at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection listening session on Wednesday, November 4
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HAMPTON, N.H. (October 24, 2015)– Coastal flooding is growing more dangerous and costly for people and businesses along America’s shorelines, according to a bipartisan group of local elected officials who spoke at a national summit on the issue today. The Rising Tides summit brought more than 35 mayors and local elected officials to Hampton, N.H., to discuss strategies to cope with increasingly severe coastal flooding amplified by sea level rise.
The frequency of days with “nuisance flooding,” or flooding that causes road closures, overwhelmed storm drains and other public inconveniences, has increased dramatically in many U.S. coastal cities since the mid-1960s—and the threats are worsening.
A group of heads of state, city and state leaders, and members of the private sector are urging countries and companies around the globe to put a price on carbon. WRI has conducted extensive research on carbon pricing, including a carbon pricing handbook for U.S. policymakers.Following is a statement from Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute.
HFCs are as much as 12,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. New HFC-reduction initiatives, combined with existing actions, are expected to cut global greenhouse gases by the equivalent of more than 1 billion metric tons of CO2 by 2025, as much as would be achieved by taking 210 million cars off the road for one year.
The impacts of coastal flooding and sea level rise are already being felt by coastal communities across the United States. Coastal shoreline counties are home to more than 123 million Americans and account for nearly half the U.S. GDP. Homes, property and critical infrastructure within these communities face a growing threat from coastal flooding as sea levels continue to rise.
The largest hardwood flooring retailer in the United States is charged with importing illegally harvested timber from areas including forests in far eastern Russia.
Mayors from across the U.S. political spectrum will gather in New Hampshire later this month to discuss ways to help their communities deal with rising seas, recurring coastal floods and the need for more leadership and support at the state and national levels.
The new U.S. Clean Power Plan requires Virginia to reduce its power sector emissions by 23 percent below 2012 levels by 2030. New analysis shows the state could go even further and harness economic opportunity at the same time.