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Hawaii study identifies coastal roads vulnerable to erosion

Oct. 2, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A study of the 20 Hawaii coastal highways most susceptible to erosion and structural degradation has found 10 of the roads are in Maui County. The Maui News reported Tuesday that researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa determined Maui and Molokai each had five of the roads...

As sea level rises, NC battleship prepares to shore up

Sep. 29, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (AP) — Rising seas are pushing the Cape Fear River over its banks and into Battleship Park more and more frequently. But a grant has put the Battleship North Carolina nearly a fourth of the way toward its goal of protecting itself for years to come. The Battleship announced it has...

'We're all in big trouble': Climate panel sees a dire future

Sep. 25, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental Panel on...

MacArthur Foundation announces $625K genius grant recipients

Sep. 25, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Female academics whose expertise and influence in areas as diverse as the impact of slavery on modern America, legislating against cyber harassment, and global warming and its effect on rising sea levels were named Wednesday as three of this year's 26 MacArthur fellows and recipients of...

Dutch reinforce major dike as seas rise, climate changes

Sep. 23, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

THE AFSLUITDIJK, Netherlands (AP) — Rising up in a thin line through the waters separating the provinces of North Holland and Friesland, the 87-year-old Afsluitdijk is one of the low-lying Netherlands' key defenses against its ancient enemy, the sea. With climate change bringing more powerful storms and...

Builders profit, owners worry amid disaster-area development

Sep. 23, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

ELFIN FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Elfin Forest is named for the miniature trees that blanket the surrounding ridgeline. The terrain acts like a wall, which has until recently prevented suburban San Diego from sprawling into the bucolic valley. The town, home to 800 people and 300 horses, bills itself as "A Rural...

World leaders feel the heat in upcoming climate summit

Sep. 22, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saying humanity is waging war with the planet, the head of the United Nations isn't planning to let just any world leader speak about climate change at Monday's special "action summit." Only those with new, specific and bold plans can command the podium and the ever-warming world's...

Program would reward developers who plan for sea-level rise

Sep. 10, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland city planners are proposing new zoning rules that would encourage developers to consider sea-level rise when building in flood-prone areas. The proposal would let developers build taller buildings if they can prove the additional height is being used to prepare for...

Trump's Florida Mar-a-Lago resort in Hurricane Dorian's path

Aug. 30, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's prized Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida could be directly in the path of Hurricane Dorian , which is forecast to become an extremely destructive storm. The National Hurricane Center's most recent track for Dorian places Mar-a-Lago in the crosshairs of a fierce...

Rising seas threaten Egypt's fabled port city of Alexandria

Aug. 30, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten to inundate poorer neighborhoods and...