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Inundaciones crónicas, gentrificación climática y el futuro de Miami

Nicole Hernández Hammer

Esta semana, la Union of Concerned Scientists publicó un informe que analiza los impactos de las inundaciones debidas a las mareas crónicas en las propiedades costeras en los 48 estados contiguos de los Estados Unidos. La cantidad de hogares y negocios, el valor de estos, junto con la cantidad de base impositiva y, lo que es más importante, las personas en riesgo, es sorprendente. Read more >

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My family has owned this home on the Jersey Shore for four generations. Photo: Amanda Devecka-Rinear

The Fate of My Grandmother’s Home: Facing Sea Level Rise in New Jersey

Amanda Devecka-Rinear

I live in my Grandmother’s house. We are lucky. My family has owned this home on the Jersey Shore for four generations. After my parents divorced when I was two, my Grandmother’s home was my home. Read more >

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Ice sheets on land in Greenland and Antarctica are melting, adding water to the world's oceans. Photo: NASA

Here’s Why Seas Are Rising. Somebody Remind the Wall Street Journal.

Scott Denning

The science is crystal clear on the causes of sea level rise. A recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal gets it wrong on all counts. Read more >

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Science — The Hidden Gem at the Heart of the EPA and Why You Should Support It

Robert Kavlock

Scott Pruitt’s obvious distaste for science has pushed EPA science into the headlines. Now Pruitt is in the midst of a multi-faceted attack on the scientists themselves. Initially he ignored them, then tried to defund them, and is now attempting to hobble their work. Read more >

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Rep. Lamar Smith Misunderstands Science

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) states that as Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology he seeks facts about climate change, and that his Committee follows “the scientific method.” These are welcome and vitally important positions for a powerful Congressman to take on a topic of such vital national interest. It is essential that scientific evidence be the foundation for legislative action about climate change.

Unfortunately, in his article Mr. Smith does not seek facts or apply the scientific method. Instead, he makes claims that are contrary to established facts, and provides no evidence or analysis to support his assertions as the scientific method requires. Read more >

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