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Mayor Bloomberg Introduces Comprehensive Resilience Plan for NYC
July 2, 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently introduced a comprehensive plan, A Stronger, More Resilient New York, to protect the city from coastal storms like Hurricane Sandy that are expected to increase in...

Bills Attempting to Roll Back Biggert-Waters National Flood Insurance Program Reforms
June 17, 2013
Several bills have been introduced in the 113th Congress to roll back the insurance subsidy reforms that were included in the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.1 Biggert Waters reformed the...

Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152)
May 24, 2013
Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases, programs funded through...

Legislative Study Urges Virginia to Launch Coordinated Planning to Avoid Catastrophic Flooding
April 30, 2013
A new study calls on the State of Virginia and coastal localities to launch a comprehensive and coordinated planning effort to avoid catastrophic flooding related to sea-level rise. The report predicts that...

New FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps Double Number of Structures in Flood Zones for Parts of New York City
April 30, 2013
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps for parts of New York City that double the number of structures located in flood zones.  The maps include...

Preparing for Climate Changes with Living Shorelines (Webinar)
April 5, 2013
Georgetown Climate Center staff and state experts from Maryland and Alabama recently discussed important opportunities states can pursue to expedite the adoption of living shorelines and better prepare their communities...

Boston Harbor Association Releases Sea-level Rise Report, Mayor Responds with Policy Initiatives
February 6, 2013
In a new report, Preparing for the Rising Tide, the Boston Harbor Association finds that before 2100, nearly six percent of the city will be flooded twice daily at high tide. The report’s figures are based on an...

National Climate Assessment Report Released
January 14, 2013
On January 11, 2013, the National Climate Assessment Draft Advisory Committee (NCADAC) released a draft of the third National Climate Assessment Report.  The report reinforces previous assessments that our...

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Signs Executive Order to Help State Prepare for Climate Change and Extreme Weather
January 2, 2013
On Dec. 28, 2012, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the "Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Executive Order" to increase Maryland’s long term resiliency to flooding and sea-level...

Floodplain Regulation: Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing for Climate Changes (Webinar)
December 13, 2012
The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted an important webinar about how communities can become more resilient to extreme weather and prepare for climate change through floodplain regulations. The Dec. 6 webinar...