Today in WaterWise News:
3.2 millimeters in sea-level rise ♦ France Climate Talks ♦ New York oil train regulations ♦ Climate change doubt and the media ♦ Flooding in Dallas ♦ Congress voting against Paris ♦ Highway Bill ♦ Cocoa Beach Canal dredging ♦ Harbor Projects floated ♦ No injunction for Montauk Beach project ♦ Storms and infrastructure ♦ Restoring Louisiana's Coast ♦ Congress passing bills
New York Times - According to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sea levels rose an average of 1.7 millimeters a year during the 20th century. Some areas have had larger rises than others, and measurements vary from year to year at different locations. Read more.
New York Times - One of the largest gatherings of world leaders in history began a multinational effort Monday toward forging what many called the planet’s last, best hope to stave off the worst consequences of climate change. Read more.
Wall Street Journal - New York’s attorney general is calling on federal transportation regulators to impose new safety rules governing the combustibility of crude oil shipped by rail. Read more.
Washington Post - Much research has been devoted in recent years to understanding why doubt about human-caused climate change is so widespread. Read more.
Washington Post - That’s how many additional days, after President Obama departed Tuesday from Paris, this pivotal United Nations’ climate change meeting will continue to go on. And that’s understandably a bit confusing — world leaders showed up and gave speeches, major clean energy investments were announced, solar energy expansions were planned. Read more.
BBC - Attempts to keep global warming to 2 degrees will be wildly off course if all planned coal fire plants are built. Read more.
Dallas Observer - Ten weeks ago I had my hair shirt on with my sandwich board sign hanging from my shoulders predicting possible Biblical-scale flooding catastrophe as we entered the season of the fall rains. Might be time to grab those Bibles soon. Read more.
NPR - International leaders gathering in Paris to address global warming face increasing pressure to tackle the issue of "climate refugees." Some island nations are already looking to move their people to higher ground, even purchasing land elsewhere in preparation. Read more.
New York Times - Hours after President Obama pledged Tuesday in Paris that the United States would be in the vanguard of nations seeking a global response to climate change, Congress approved two measures aimed at undercutting him. Read more.
New York Times - Congressional negotiators clinched a deal on Tuesday for a five-year, roughly $300 billion transportation bill that would inject badly needed investments into the nation’s deteriorated highways and other infrastructure and also reopen the Export-Import Bank. Read more.
Florida Times - Residents along six canals in Cocoa Beach may face some inconveniences as muck is removed to make for a cleaner environment and better navigation. Read more.
Cape Cod Times - Approximately a million dollars a year flow into town coffers from its harbors, most of which is income from fees charged to rent out slips and moorings at Saquatucket Harbor, the town's largest municipal port and marina. Read more.
East Hampton Star - A federal judge has denied a court request that would have temporarily halted the Army Corps of Engineers’ downtown Montauk project, notably citing what he said was the corps's conclusion that it would "not have a significant impact on the environment." Read more.
Remember the sound of pile-driving? Rattle and shake of removing metal sheets to begin this week in Port Angeles
Peninsula Daily News - An echoing rattle will reverberate across the daytime cityscape this week as workers complete the pump-station portion — and final phase — of the estimated $45 million combined sewer overflow project. Read more.
WBTW - Erosion remains a huge problem on the Grand Strand. The next beach renourishment project isn’t scheduled until 2018, but some property owners can’t wait until then. Read more.
City Lab - Two scientists believe their method of planting cypress and tupelo trees—in special rodent-resistant pods—can revive the region’s disappearing marshes. Read more.
Politico - As the calendar turns to December, Congress is about to encounter a legislative avalanche, ensuring the next 18 days will be filled with action on issues from education to transportation, from taxes to refugees. Read more.