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U.S. federal agencies remapping coastal areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy

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Governor Cuomo & Congressman Meeks Announce Breezy Point Comprehensive Coastal Protection System, Urge Federal Approval of $58 Million Plan

from nytimes.com

As Coasts Rebuild and U.S. Pays, Repeatedly, the Critics Ask Why

Federal subsidies have allowed coastal communities to rebuild after storms, with little consideration of whether it makes sense to do so in disaster-prone areas.

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As Coasts Rebuild and U.S. Pays, Repeatedly, the Critics Ask Why

"As Coasts Rebuild and U.S. Pays, Repeatedly, the Critics Ask Why...Across the nation, tens of billions of tax dollars have been spent on subsidizing coastal reconstruction in the aftermath of storms, usually with little consideration of whether it actually makes sense to keep rebuilding in disaster-prone areas. If history is any guide, a large fraction of the federal money allotted to New York, New Jersey and other states recovering from Hurricane Sandy...will be used the same way..."

from NPR.org

Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says

Saltwater wetlands that include marshes and shoals on Virginia's Atlantic coast. U.S. coastal wetlands losses were 25 percent greater from 2004-2009, according to a recent federal study.

Thomas Mann - Oil Spill Necklace - This was created in response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history. A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit The National Wildlife Federation and The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

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Rachel Cleetus - Americans need to be reminded that climate change is not just tomorrow’s problem; it is already costing us billions of dollars. The growing economic burden of unchecked climate change will fall disproportionately on the poor. Communities and local leaders on the front lines of dealing with the effects of climate change — coastal flooding, wildfires, drought, extreme precipitation — are taking steps to help keep people safe, but they need federal support.

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Canada submits a claim to expand its undersea coastal territory as part of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea mapping project. After years of geological studies federal scientists prove that Canada’s continental bedrock extends far under the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/english/newsrel/top-10-science-stories-of-2012.php (#9 science story of 2012 from @SciTechCanada)

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from Washington Post

Sandy’s damage to wildlife refuges adds to questions about federal spending

Dozens of the protected coastal areas between Maine and Virginia were pummeled by the superstorm.

from Grist

Keystone study contractor under scrutiny by State Dept. watchdog

Keystone study contractor under scrutiny by State Dept. watchdog ... If that’s news to you, you’re not alone — the California Coastal Commission was unaware, until recently, that the seafloor was being fracked. Because these drilling operations happen more than three miles off the coast, they’re under federal jurisdiction, but the state has the power to reject federal permits if water quality is endangered.

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