As Climate Changes, Flood Rules Need Reform

As the climate changes, flood rules need reform to protect communities on the front lines.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #long-william-brock, #national-assn-of-home-builders, #national-flood-insurance-program, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #wetlands

Facing Disastrous Floods, They Turned to Mangrove Trees for Protection

In the Sundarbans, an ecological treasure straddling India and Bangladesh that is now on the front lines of climate change, local women are leading an effort to mitigate the dangers of rising waters.

#bangladesh, #bay-of-bengal, #floods, #global-warming, #india, #trees-and-shrubs, #wetlands, #women-and-girls

Will the Jamaica Bay Restoration Project Save New York From Rising Seas?

A major restoration project aims to protect the Jamaica Bay area — and all of New York — by returning salt marshes and sand dunes to their natural states. But will it be too late for the people of Broad Channel?

#area-planning-and-renewal, #army-corps-of-engineers, #birds, #broad-channel-queens-ny, #coast-erosion, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #jamaica-bay-queens-ny, #jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge-queens-ny, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #queens-nyc, #regional-plan-assn, #rockaway-peninsula-queens-ny, #sanderson-eric-w, #wetlands

Flamingo Spotted in Texas After Escaping a Kansas Zoo in 2005

A fisherman’s sighting in March confirmed that a flamingo that fled a Kansas zoo in 2005 has defied the odds to live a Pixar-worthy life in the wilds of Texas.

#birds, #flamingos, #gulf-coast-us, #kansas, #tanzania, #texas, #wetlands, #wichita-kan, #zoos

Maggy Hurchalla, Formidable Florida Environmentalist, Dies at 81

She fought to protect the wilderness she loved, tangling with developers. One case led to a $4.4 million judgment against her.

#conservation-of-resources, #deaths-obituaries, #environment, #everglades-fla, #florida, #hurchalla-maggy, #reno-janet, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution, #wetlands

What Can Your Community Offer the World?

Rural Congolese villagers are being asked to protect one of earth’s most precious ecosystems. What can other places contribute to our shared future?

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #internal-open-access, #peat, #wetlands

Six Days Afloat in the Everglades

After a storm disrupted plans for a 99-mile paddling trek, a Times journalist’s time on the water took a more reflective turn. Come look and listen alongside him.

#alligators, #beaches, #birds, #camps-and-camping, #douglas-marjory-stoneman, #everglades-fla, #everglades-national-park, #florida, #forests-and-forestry, #gulf-of-mexico, #islands, #lake-okeechobee-fla, #levees-and-dams, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rivers, #tornadoes, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #weather, #wetlands

An Invasive Insect Threatens Delmarva Westlands

The emerald ash border threatens ash trees that anchor a unique world on the Delmarva Peninsula.

#biodiversity, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #chesapeake-bay, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #maryland, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #nature-conservancy, #rivers, #trees-and-shrubs, #university-of-maryland, #wetlands

In Louisiana, Alligator Finds a Place at the Tailgate

Alligator, long a food source for Louisianians, has become more popular nationally. But its big moment comes at an annual football matchup in Baton Rouge.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alligators, #baton-rouge-la, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #fans-persons, #football-college, #louisiana, #louisiana-state-university, #restaurants, #wetlands

Wild Animals Are Thriving in New York City Right Now

New York is now ‘the greenest big city on earth,’ one naturalist said. Some creatures have noticed, and are staying for a while.

#animals, #area-planning-and-renewal, #audubon-society-national, #benepe-adrian, #birds, #charlop-powers-sarah, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #flowers-and-plants, #greenbelt-native-plant-center, #natural-areas-conservancy, #new-york-city, #new-yorkers-for-parks, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pesticides, #wetlands, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

To Learn Bees’ Secrets, Count Them One by One

The decline of bee populations is a looming crisis, but there is a dearth of scientific data. Hyperlocal researchers, with nets and notebooks, could be key.

#bees, #flowers-and-plants, #global-warming, #mccarthy-max-w, #new-jersey, #research, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey, #wetlands, #your-feed-science

California Oil Spill Closes Beaches and Renews Call for Drilling Ban

A pipeline transporting oil from offshore platforms spilled at least 126,000 gallons of oil in Southern California, the state’s largest such leak since 2015.

#amplify-energy-corp, #beta-offshore, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #orange-county-calif-oil-spill-2021, #pipelines, #water-pollution, #wetlands

Hank Paulson: The World’s Biodiversity Is in Peril

The growing damage to the world’s biodiversity presents dire risks to human societies.

#biodiversity, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #food, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #india, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #rabies, #reefs, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #united-states, #wetlands

New York City Needs Green Solutions to Flooding

Hurricane Ida ravaged places that were once stream beds and wetlands.

#basements-and-cellars, #bronx-nyc, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #coast-erosion, #de-blasio-bill, #floods, #flushing-queens-ny, #global-warming, #harlem-river-bronx-manhattan-ny, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #olmsted-frederick-law, #wetlands

Climate Change Is Winning the Battle Over Our Coastlines

As the climate changes, rising and warming seas will bring more supercharged storms.

#beaches, #coast-erosion, #coastal-areas, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #infrastructure-public-works, #louisiana, #united-states, #wetlands

Biden Administration to Restore Clean-Water Protections Ended by Trump

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would repeal a Trump-era rule that weakened pollution controls for wetlands and streams.

#agriculture-and-farming, #clean-water-act, #democratic-party, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution, #wetlands

1,500 Eggs Were Waiting to Hatch. Then a Drone Crashed.

The authorities said they were hoping to identify the operator of a drone that crashed in a nesting area for elegant terns, leading 2,500 of the birds to flee the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, Calif.

#birds, #california, #conservation-of-resources, #drones-pilotless-planes, #elegant-terns, #huntington-beach-calif, #wetlands

In Iraq, Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes

Once vengefully drained by Saddam Hussein, the wetlands in southeastern Iraq have since been partially restored. Now the region and its isolated settlements face a new set of challenges.

#deserts, #drought, #euphrates-river, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #photography, #tigris-river, #water, #wetlands

Big Step Forward for $50 Billion Plan to Save Louisiana Coast

An environmental assessment said the project’s next step would largely benefit coastal areas, though it might also affect some marine life, especially dolphins.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #bp-plc, #coast-erosion, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #floods, #global-warming, #gulf-of-mexico, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #mississippi-river, #oil-spills, #wetlands

Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump

Hundreds of trees will be planted in a grove at the new Skyway Park — one for every resident of Jersey City who has died of the virus.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #fulop-steven-m, #gardens-and-gardening, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #jersey-city-nj, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-jersey, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pjp-landfill-jersey-city-nj, #riverkeeper, #rivers, #skyway-park-jersey-city-nj, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands

These Wetlands Helped Stop Flooding From Sandy. Now a BJ’s May Move In.

A group of Staten Island residents concerned about climate change is challenging the project.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bjs-wholesale-club-inc, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #floods, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #land-use-policies, #mariners-harbor-staten-island-ny, #oddo-james-s, #rose-deborah-l-1951, #wetlands, #zoning

What’s Green, Soggy and Fights Climate Change?

You might be surprised: Protecting peat bogs could help the world avert the worst effects of global warming, a new study has found.

#carbon-dioxide, #environmental-research-letters-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #peat, #research, #wetlands

Indoor Dining Returns to N.Y.C. After 6 Months

Customers were met with a new experience, even before walking inside. They got their temperatures checked and passed along contact information.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pier-26-manhattan-ny, #restaurants, #wetlands

At the End of the New Pier 26, a Surprise

This environmentally themed project features an unusual design, including soaring walkways that lead to an unexpected destination.

#architecture, #culture-arts, #design, #environment, #hudson-river, #hudson-river-park-manhattan-ny, #hudson-river-park-trust, #olin-partnership-limited, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pier-26, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tribeca-manhattan-ny, #wetlands, #wils-madelyn

Brazil Pantanal Scorched by Fires

The blazes in Brazil, often intentionally set, have scorched a record-setting 10 percent of the Pantanal, one of the most biologically diverse habitats on the planet.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-river-basin, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #drought, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #pantanal-brazil, #politics-and-government, #wetlands, #wildfires

‘Fixing the Damage We’ve Done’: Rewilding Jaguars in Argentina

Bringing back the top predator to Argentina’s wetlands could restore the health of an entire ecosystem. But inducing five felines with troubled pasts to hunt, and mate, is not easy.

#amazon-jungle, #animals, #argentina, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #jaguars, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #south-america, #tompkins-douglas-1943, #wetlands

How the World’s Largest Garbage Dump in Staten Island Became a Green Oasis

The radical fix for a noxious landfill in Staten Island: Bury the trash, plant some grass and do nothing for 20 years.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #fresh-kills-landfill-staten-island-ny, #freshkills-park-staten-island-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #staten-island-nyc, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands