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Stopping Superstorms—The World is Our Oyster The Observer – October 24, 2018 Hurricane Michael’s death toll is at least 39 and its economic damages are expected to surpass $30 billion. This most recent superstorm pales in comparison to previous storms, … Continue reading

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Recent Hurricanes Underscore Critical Need for Better Flood-Ready Infrastructure Standards By Forbes Tompkins & Evan Chapman – PEW – October 19, 2018 While the full extent of damage caused in the past two months by hurricanes Florence and Michael is still being … Continue reading

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Coal Ash Spill Highlights Key Role of Environmental Regulations in Disasters By Brian J. Gerber and Melanie Gall – The Conversation –September 20, 2018 Heavy rains following Hurricane Florence has led to the release of toxic materials in North Carolina. … Continue reading

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Bring community voices into disaster rebuilding and infrastructure planning By Laurie Schoeman – The Hill – March 21, 2018 After wildfires and hurricanes ravaged the country last year, we saw devastating human impact, but also soon came to understand the … Continue reading

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Disaster Aid Is Part of Bi-Partisan Budget Bill By Rob Moore – NRDC – February 8, 2018 A bi-partisan budget bill includes some encouraging provisions that should improve rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Not … Continue reading

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Can the United States Afford Another Hurricane? By Jackie Snow – Hakai Magazine– September 21, 2017 The 2017 North Atlantic hurricane season still has about five weeks to go, but it’s already one of the most expensive on record. According to Gavin … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM Losses due to flooding and severe storm events have been and continue to be on the rise due to both naturally occurring extreme weather events and human activity. According to the National Oceanic … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM In April of this year, Dr. Jon Kusler, Esq. (founder and former Executive Director of the Association of State Wetland Managers) – published a report titled “Government Liability and Climate Change: Selected Issues … Continue reading

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By Marla J. Stelk, Policy Analyst, ASWM A “wicked” problem is what planners call a situation that is “difficult to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements.” A wicked problem often requires a critical mass of people to change … Continue reading

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