Planning & Growth

As Hurricanes Strike, Surge Coverage Can Save Lives

A hurricane's storm surge is an unpredictable and fast-moving killer, a phenomenon reporters must prepare to cover before it hits. This week's TipSheet explains how, with background on the complex factors that lead to storm surge, and resources to help you report on this very real risk in real time.

 
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"Fierce Storms Haven't Slowed Growth Along US Coastlines"

"Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull's-eyes on two of the country's fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort areas of southwest Florida."

Source: AP, 09/18/2017

"Harvey Could Reshape How and Where Americans Build Homes"

"Hurricane Harvey has highlighted a climate debate that had mostly stayed out of public view -- a debate that’s separate from the battle over greenhouse gas emissions, but more consequential to the lives of many Americans. At the core of that fight is whether the U.S. should respond to the growing threat of extreme weather by changing how and, even where, homes are built."

Source: Bloomberg, 08/31/2017

"Hurricane Harvey The Latest Threat To Flood-Prone Houston"

"Regularly inundated by floodwaters ever since its settlement in the mid-1800s, Houston looked on warily even before Harvey roared ashore. In Houston, the chronic deluges that have repeatedly swamped its neighborhoods are getting worse and more costly — not just for locals, but for federal taxpayers."

Source: AP, 08/28/2017
October 13, 2017

Tree Canopy Conference: Green Infrastructure in the Urbanized Environment

With an alarming spread of blights, infestations, and extreme weather affecting trees, Morris Arboretum at University of Pennsylvania is holding a one-day event in Haverford (a suburb of Philadelphia) to discuss the challenges facing and successful strategies available to communities responsible for maintaining a healthy tree canopy.

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August 31, 2017

DEADLINE: Resilience Journalism Fellowship

Mid-career journalists are invited to apply for six days of study and discussion, Oct. 22-27, 2017 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. The program will focus on the science of climate change and resilience. The fellowship includes lodging, tuition, travel and most meals. Apply by Aug 31.

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“Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River”

Writer David Owen's “Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River” tells the story of the Colorado, while exploring water issues ranging from drought and climate degradation to cross-state and cross-border legal complexities.

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