Washington Post - A global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths annually by the end of the century while sparing the country hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of economic losses, according to a major government study on the coast of climate change. Slowing the carbon build-up in the atmosphere would also prevent severe damage to a wide range of critical ecosystems, from Hawaiian coral reefs that support tourism to shellfish beds off the East Coast, said the report released by the White House on Monday.
Maritime Executive - The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed international regulatory and trade treaty currently being negotiated, is likely to increase the movement of goods at the few ports handling most of the country’s Asian trade. Trade deals like TPP and other international freight developments like the Panama Canal expansion have the potential to increase the flow of exports and imports across the U.S. However, tracking precisely where these flows would ultimately impact producers, consumers and distributors within the U.S. remains an open question
The Republic - The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is taking steps to reduce flooding risks in the Missouri River Basin after recording higher than expected water levels at all of its mainstream reservoirs. Corps officials said Monday they expect to hold more water back over the summer, using the storage capacity of reservoirs to limit downstream flooding when possible. Corps officials will gradually increase the amount of water released as the summer progresses, said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
USA Today - But if nothing’s done, erosion along 4.6 miles of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) shoreline, coupled with sea-level rise, “would result in large-scale inundation, habitat alteration, and land loss along the coastal strand,” the environmental assessment says. That could result in damage to launch infrastructure and seawater flooding into nearby marshes. Sea level at KSC could rise from 6 to 25 inches (2 feet) by the 2050s and 10 to 49 inches (4 feet) by the 2080s, according to the environmental assessment.
Inside Bay Area News - Every community that rings San Francisco Bay is vulnerable to rising seas. But while some places are preparing, others are not — and no single agency is coordinating the effort, according to two new civil grand jury reports.“It is a slow-moving emergency,” said state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, lead author of the state’s first report on climate-related flooding and organizer of a conference Friday at NASA Ames Research Center called “Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise.
AH Herald - Living shorelines are good for those who live around America’s coastal waterways as well as what lives in those coastal waterways. Yet despite their win-win nature, there has been consistent resistance to creating living shorelines.
Coastal News - On June 15, the Corps and port leaders came together again to sign a feasibility cost-share agreement, or FCSA, which commits each side to sharing the cost of evaluating the benefits of two dredging projects critical to the future of all the stakeholders and terminals along the Elizabeth River: the deepening of the Norfolk Harbor to a depth beyond 50 feet and the river’s Southern Branch to 45 feet.
The Post and Courier - At a meeting last week, the S.C. State Ports Authority and the Georgia Ports Authority agreed to contribute $1.25 million apiece to fund the fiscal 2016 spending plan for the long-planned Jasper County shipping terminal. The board in charge of the project passed a budget that includes accomplishing further studies of the site design, sediment, access corridor and the channel improvements that will be needed to accommodate huge ships carrying 14,000 or more cargo containers.