Latest Rising sea levels News

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

Miami Beach unveils traffic sculpture made of sand

Dec. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took artist Leandro Erlich two years and 330 tons (299 metric tons) of sand to create his largest work of art to date — a giant traffic jam, made entirely of sand. Erlich was commissioned by the city of Miami Beach to create the work, which was unveiled during Art Basel....

New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida

Dec. 4, 2019 5:12 PM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days. Compared with estimates made in 2015,...

New tax district could help fund Maui erosion restoration

Dec. 4, 2019 9:56 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A new county financing tool could be used to raise millions of dollars for a project to restore part of the Maui coastline damaged by erosion, officials said. The Maui County Planning Department and the Kahana Bay Steering Committee want to establish a community facilities district,...

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Dec. 3, 2019 10:36 AM EST

FLAMINGO, Florida (AP) — Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water. “This is the treacherous part,” the...

William & Mary gets $19M to start new center on conservation

Dec. 2, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — William & Mary says a new institute will focus on protecting the world’s ecosystems and tackling problems such as sea-level rise. The university in Williamsburg, Virginia, said in a statement Monday that the Institute for Integrative Conservation was made possible by a...

Scientists race to document Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage

Dec. 2, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being...

Are Volusia beaches narrower than in the past?

Nov. 30, 2019 3:01 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the early 1960s, Jim Swoop couldn't say no to sunset surfing. After his lifeguard shifts with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue on the wide, hard-packed beaches, he'd often go surfing with friends if the conditions were right. Paddling out on his board as far as he...

Global climate protests ahead of Madrid meeting

Nov. 29, 2019 1:00 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires...

In Florida and elsewhere, GOP pressured over climate change

Nov. 27, 2019 12:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Since taking office in January, Florida’s Republican governor has appointed a science officer, established a climate change czar and pledged to spend billions of dollars to restore the Everglades and combat the pollutants that spawn blue-green algae and red tides. A top...