Tidewater film leaves climate change lingo at the door

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Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk Va. (July 3, 2003) -- The guided missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) approaches the pier at its homeport at Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk Va., after a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Sondra Howett.  (RELEASED)

Is this the documentary we’ve been waiting for?

Sure, I enjoyed Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood. I appreciated Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Listening to Gore’s southern drawl as he walked his audience through the warming of our planet was earth shattering (literally), but I couldn’t help but wonder if there was something a community could do to kick off local protective actions now. Films on climate change are a bit one-note. Most are long on causes and threats, but short on immediate protections and solutions (let alone discussion of personal costs). And there is always a polar bear.

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Sea level rise predictions are . . . rising

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Will rising water levels submerge your finances?

Tidal flooding from sea level rise from global warming New projections for global sea level published by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program are much higher than previously thought. The AMAP report takes into account new knowledge about ice loss from Arctic glaciers and the ice sheet melt of Greenland. The result: a doubling of the minimum sea level rise estimates made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]

10-foot sea level rise by 2100. That's tomorrow.

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The sooner we build protections, the less we’ll pay for them.

Climate-proof providence from sea level rise

Current hurricane barrier, Providence

For years, Rhode Island planning departments have been using 6.6 feet of sea level rise by 2100. Last month, based on new NOAA estimates, they decided 9 feet 10 inches is more likely. That’s only three more feet vertically, but miles of flooding horizontally!

The announcement came with the comment, “The changes to our shoreline are profound, dramatic, and there is […]

Armor (the right kind) against sea-level rise, storm surge

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 9.26.43 AMSoft defenses (think wetlands, vegetation) defend the shore more cheaply and effectively from storm surge and sea-level rise than concrete structures. That sturdy wall in front of your place may protect you but “dramatically alter what’s going on next door. Local erosion rates seem to just skyrocket,” according to Northeastern University. For cost-effective projects: municipal and state officials take note.