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Following Hurricane Devastation, Calls to Bring Back the Federal Flood Standards Get Louder

Following Hurricane Devastation, Calls to Bring Back the Federal Flood Standards Get Louder

Opinion: Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey have starkly exposed just how vulnerable America remains, and how much more must be done to rein in the causes and impacts of climate change and strengthen our nation’s resilience to extreme weather events, writes Mindy Lubber, president and CEO of Ceres.

EPA to Help Utilities Increase Climate Change Resilience

The EPA is providing up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in more than 20 communities increase their climate change resilience and readiness. Utilities for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater will participate in a multi-year program to prepare for potential impacts from climate change. Challenges … Read more »

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How to Build Sustainable Communities

Sustainable facilities, green building and infrastructure can help communities become more flood resilient and save billions of dollars, according to an EPA tool. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Mandatory CSR, Oil Spill Fines, Flood Report

India is mandating that companies with an annual turnover of INR 10 billion ($164 million) or more, or a net worth of INR 5 billion and more, or a net profit of INR 0.05 billion or more during any financial year, set aside two percent of their net profits for socially beneficial activities in … Read more »

El Nino’s Return Ominous for Food Production

The El Nino weather pattern appears to be returning with the potential threat to global food production. The pattern sometimes causes drought in some regions and floods in others, is seen as increasingly likely this year. Scientists are still debating the intensity of a potential El Nino, but Australia’s Bureau of … Read more »

Obama State of the Union

Obama: End Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks, Invest in ‘Fuels of the Future’

President Barack Obama highlighted natural gas and other “fuels of the future” in his State of the Union address last night during which he pledged to set new efficiency standards for trucks and “cut red tape” to help businesses build factories that use natural gas. Businesses plan to invest about … Read more »

Colorado Floods Damage Farms, Oil Wells, Roadways

Reduced corn production, oil spills, natural gas leaks, property losses and damaged trucking routes are just some of the effects last week’s massive floods in Colorado are having on business. To date the floods have caused $2 billion in property damage, about half from housing and about half from the commercial … Read more »

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Colorado Flood Losses Could Exceed $1 Billion

The unprecedented flooding ravaging Colorado is hurting businesses in myriad ways, from health risks and environmental damage associated with flooded oil fields to fewer tourists visiting the state. The Denver Post reports that thousands of oil wells and sites have been affected and some are still being overrun by rushing … Read more »

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Insurers Work with Scientists to Model Climate

Climate change isn’t increasing the risk of all adverse weather. For some types of weather events in some specific areas, the risk may actually decrease. That is just part of why it is so difficult for insurers and reinsurers to calculate risks to individual properties, Maggie Koerth-Baker writes for the … Read more »

FEMA Mandatory Flood Insurance ‘Not Effective,’ Report Says

The Federal Emergency Management Agency should not extend its mandatory flood insurance program to areas without levees and needs a more modern approach to analyzing and managing flood risk behind levees, says a report from the National Research Council. The report says purchasing flood insurance is an effective way for … Read more »

Asda, Molson Coors Launch Farming Water Guide

Supermarket Asda and brewer Molson Coors have partnered to launch a water management guide for farmers. Simply Sustainable Water, developed by sustainable farming organization Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF), includes six steps for managing water quality, and encourages farmers to set a baseline by assessing and mapping water use and … Read more »