Today in WaterWise News:
Obama's Legacy and the Paris Climate Talks ♦ Two-thirds of Americans want to join climate change pact ♦ No "Carbon Budget" in Paris talks ♦ Answers to questions about climate change ♦ Obama and Bill Gates in clean energy initiative ♦ U.S. and China meet before Paris talks ♦ Despite no hurricanes in 2015, some beaches devastated ♦ Highway funding bill agreement near ♦ Hunting Island in South Carolina at risk ♦ New rules on sandbags on North Carolina beaches ♦ Floods still a huge threat 3 years after Sandy ♦ Honeymoon Island renourished
New York Times - At a joint news conference here Tuesday with President François Hollande of France, President Obama veered from his focus on the terrorist attacks in Paris to bring up the huge international gathering beginning in the French capital on Monday to hammer out a global response to climate change. Read more.
New York Times - A solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming, but on this and other climate-related questions, opinion divides sharply along partisan lines, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Read more.
New York Times - After two decades of talks that failed to slow the relentless pace of global warming, negotiators from almost 200 countries are widely expected to sign a deal in the next two weeks to take concrete steps to cut emissions. Read more.
New York Times - The issue can be overwhelming. The science is complicated. Predictions about the fate of the planet carry endless caveats and asterisks. Read more.
Wall Street Journal - President Barack Obama and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar initiative Monday to accelerate clean-energy research and development as part of a global effort to fight climate change. Read more.
Washington Post - President Obama kicked off his day at the Paris climate summit with a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, hailing the two nations for their work on climate change but urging greater Chinese cooperation on cyber-crime and “maritime” issues that include China’s military construction on disputed reefs in the South China Sea. Read more.
Post and Courier - This “quiet” hurricane season left Isle of Palms and Folly Beach wrestling with a tab of nearly $10 million to fix beaches hammered in early October when Hurricane Joaquin passed offshore but churned surf that voraciously gnawed at the islands. Read more.
Wall Street Journal - Congressional negotiators closing in on legislation to reauthorize transportation programs are expected to be able to fund highway programs for at least five years, the longest time frame for such a measure in at least a decade. Read more.
Beaufort Gazette - Hunting Island has always been a crown jewel for Beaufort County, and the state of South Carolina. Read more.
Outer Banks Voice - Proposed new rules will make it easier for beachfront land owners to build sandbag walls and leave them in place longer. Read more.
Eagle Tribune - A nearly $1 million grant is boosting plans for Salem's first commercial marina in time for next summer's season. Read more.