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In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, photo, students from New Harmony High School work on a restoration project at the Sankofa Wetland Park and Nature Trail in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans. This new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

Jan. 6, 2020 4:53 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in the fall of 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students,...

A flood-plain forest grows now where there used to be houses in the Watson Crampton neighborhood in Woodbridge, N.J., as seen from the air on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The Heards Brook on the top meets the Woodbridge River on the left, which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. Homeowners here took buyouts through a program that purchases houses and demolishes them to remove people from danger and to help absorb water from rising sea levels due to climate change. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

In New Jersey, a slow-motion evacuation from climate change

Dec. 23, 2019 9:25 AM EST

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Patricia Kambach couldn't bear to watch a crew demolish her longtime neighbor's home this month, so she went inside her own house in Woodbridge, New Jersey, where she has lived since John F. Kennedy was president. “I lived here 56 years, and it's hard,” said Kambach. ...

This photo provided by Ehud Galili shows what researchers say is 7,000-year-old-seawall along Israel's Mediterranean coast. The international team of researchers say they have discovered the seawall providing evidence that coastal communities protected themselves against rising waters even in ancient times. The scientists believe the more than 100-meter-long structure acted as a fortification against surging waters and storms. The study, published Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in the Public Library of Science One journal, said the Neolithic era village, called Tel Hreiz, was abandoned and eventually swallowed by the sea. (Ehud Galili via AP)

Scientists claim to find ancient seawall off Israeli coast

Dec. 19, 2019 4:42 PM EST

HAHOTRIM BEACH, Israel (AP) — An international team of researchers says it has discovered a 7,000-year-old-seawall along Israel's Mediterranean coast, providing evidence that coastal communities protected themselves against rising waters even in ancient times. The scientists believe the more than...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, high winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C. Historic coastal cities in the Southeast U.S. have survived disease outbreaks, wars and hurricanes over the past three centuries. Now they are trying to figure how to survive rising seas from climate change. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland, File)

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,...

Artist Leandro Erlich, of Argentina, poses with his work featuring cars sculpted in sand stuck in a traffic jam, titled Order of Importance, displayed as part of Miami Art Week, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Miami Beach, Fla. Erlich was commissioned by the city of Miami Beach to create the work, which was unveiled during Art Basel Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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,...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 photo, an alligator prowls the waters in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Formed roughly 5,000 years ago _ ironically enough, during a time of sea-level rise _ the glades once comprised an area twice the size of New Jersey. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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...

In this June 14, 2019 photo provided by Fabio Esteban Amador, Puerto Rican students of the Center for Advanced Studies for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and their professor Isabel Rivera-Collazo, kneeling, study the impact that Hurricane Maria had on coastal archaeological resources and ecology in Manati, Puerto Rico. The group of U.S.-based scientists are rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coastline that date back a couple thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s history they say is still being discovered. (Fabio Esteban Amador via AP)

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...

Thousands of demonstrators attend a protest climate strike ralley of the 'Friday For Future Movement' in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Cities all over the world have strikes and demonstrations for the climate during this ClimateActionDay. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

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...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes by in Miami. In his first 10 months in office, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed a science officer, established a czar on climate change and pushed action against red tide and algae blooms. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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...