CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION BILL MOVING IN SENATE
Legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Marc Pacheco and backed by environmentalists, is heading to the Senate. The bill authorizes the state to buy coastal property and requires actions of state agencies to be consistent with the MA State climate change management plan. Click for more of this story by Andy Metzger/SHNS.
NOAA has joined with representatives from state agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia, and private industry to launch a new “community of practice” designed to protect U.S. coastlines. The partnership promotes a hybrid engineering approach that integrates natural or “green” measures with hard or “gray” structural ones at the landscape scale. The effort is referred to as a “Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering,” or SAGE. The goal of SAGE is to identify more effective and affordable means of coastal protection against an increasing threat of more coastal storms, rising sea level, and fiscal constraints at all levels of government. The SAGE (not be confused with our SAGE group) website is: http://sagecoast.org/
Interesting article about a movement to take down connecting roads that divide neighborhoods and wastes space and replacing the road system with a boulevard.
The 2015 Rising Seas Summit will bring professionals together to advance capacity in responding to sea level rise and highlight innovative strategies for adaptive planning. Last year’s marquee event held during Climate Week New York was attended by nearly 300 professionals across sectors. As the recent findings related to the Antarctic ice shelves cast clearer light on rates of sea level rise, the coastal ecosystems and inland water systems are at even greater risk, and the recent catastrophic impacts from hurricanes and typhoons have made the need to plan for adaptation a clear and present necessity. These emerging and increasing environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental, economic and social degradation induced by climate change.
Call for Abstracts - http://www.risingseassummit.org/abstracts.html
Invitation to the 22nd annual session of the CEC Council—the environment ministers of Canada, Mexico and the United States— July 14-15 in Boston