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Barrier islands are natural coast guards that absorb impacts from hurricanes and storms

When storms like Hurricane Michael make landfall, the first things they hit often are barrier islands – thin ribbons of sand that line the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It’s hard to imagine how these ... read more

Texans Link Hurricane Threats to Rising Sea Levels

Lalo Ojeda has lived with hurricanes all his life. The Houston Chronicle reports he was 14 when Hurricane Carla inundated Galveston Island in 1961 ... The retired Coast Guard employee worries that ... read more

A look at changes to the Mississippi Coast's barrier islands

Millions of dollars have been invested and millions of cubic yards of sand dredged to close the gap between the two parts of Ship Island ... storms. "This came about because of Hurricane Katrina and ... read more

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Oil leak from broken pipeline disrupts $36 million BP spill restoration project

200 birds oiled in Bay Long spill as cleanup continues, Coast Guard ... all the barrier islands at the southern end of Barataria Bay. The island work was to include repairing breaches in the shoreline ... read more


Putting the Blue in the Green New Deal (commentary)

Wetlands absorb ... Island, a 40,000-ton amphibious warship, now burns one-third the fuel of other warships in its class thanks to its hybrid propulsion system. Under the GND, the U.S. Coast Guard ... read more

The science, skill – and luck – behind evacuation order calls

In the case of hurricanes, the harm is the storm surge – the rise ... Cooper did order a state mandatory evacuation for all barrier islands. While officials seek input from professionals based on ... read more

Louisiana turns sand berms into barrier islands

Scientists and engineers questioned the cost and longevity of sand berms when they were built in 2010 to block BP oil from Louisiana's coast. Recently, however, several berms in Barataria Basin are ... read more

Blessed by the Coast Guard, this boat is about to become an artificial reef

Jackson said the plan is, once the Coast Guard's contractor ... to its best use," Dozier said. Barrier islands protect about 10 percent of coastlines worldwide. When hurricanes and storms make ... read more

Climate Change: Ready for a New Era of Extreme Weather?

A large part of the response to climate change amounts to holding actions to mitigate the impact of fossil fuel emissions and to better prepare for unprecedented storms, hurricanes and floods. The ... read more

As New Jersey’s flooding crisis intensifies, low-income people feel the worst impacts

Barrier islands like Absecon Island, upon which Atlantic City grew as a gaming and vacation mecca, line the East Coast, from New York to Florida, natural features ... of the upheaving effects of ... read more

Hurricane Sandy, one year later: Tracing the superstorm's path from inception to destruction

Its 80-mph winds screeched over the island as the storm's outer rings dumped ... careen into a series of cold fronts coming down the U.S. east coast. "Hurricanes are usually tightly focused storms ... read more

Barrier islands are natural coast guards that absorb impacts from hurricanes and storms

When storms like Hurricane Michael make landfall, the first things they hit often are barrier islands – thin ribbons of sand that line the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It’s hard to imagine how these ... read more



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