"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..."
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.
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.
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)
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.