Planning & Growth

North Carolina: "GOP Is Poised To Restructure Coastal Oversight"

"Republican legislators’ plan to take over key state commissions would remake the Coastal Resources Commission in a way that could strain a decades-long partnership with federal regulators.

At stake is $2.5 million in federal funds the state receives each year to help protect the environment in a federal-state partnership that has afforded North Carolina local control of coastal development permits.

Source: Charlotte Observer, 02/19/2013
March 25, 2013

DEADLINE: Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR)

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has just launched a media-funding project that aims to advance journalistic coverage of issues related to global development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The deadline to submit an application is March 25, 2013.

"Report Underscores Vulnerabilities of U.S. Coastlines"

"No part of the U.S. will escape the harsh consequences of climate change, which has already begun to cause trouble from Alaska to Florida, and from Maine to Hawaii, and which will worsen as the century goes on. But according to a report released January 28, the nation’s coastlines -- Atlantic, Gulf, Pacific and Great Lakes -- are likely to get the worst of it."

Source: Climate Central, 01/30/2013

"New York Planners Prep For A 'New Normal' Of Powerful Storms"

"It will take tens of billions of dollars to repair the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy. But scientists who study climate change say repair is not enough. As the climate warms, ice sheets and glaciers will melt, raising the sea level. That means coastal storms will more likely cause flooding."

Source: NPR, 12/13/2012

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