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From Risk to Resilience: Preparing U.S. Coasts for Climate Change

A home destroyed by Superstorm SandyNew investments, hardnosed land-use reforms, and an innovative, pro-nature approach must define coastal resilience in the century ahead.

by Shiva Polefka and Michael Conathan | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Icebreakers: Essential Assets for a Changing Arctic

Icebreaker in Seattle article icon Issue Brief Without decisive action to fund and build new heavy icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, the United States puts its environment and national security in harm’s way.

by Shiva Polefka | Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Good Plan: Supporting the National Ocean Policy Ensures the Prosperity of Coastal Economies

Bold TernOcean-dependent businesses look to ocean planning to make the most of marine resources.

by Shiva Polefka | Monday, March 2, 2015

Infographic: Flush Floods

dripping sewageExtreme weather and rising sea levels from climate change pose a serious threat to our aging sewage system and public health.

by Ben Bovarnick, Shiva Polefka, Pete Morelewicz, Arpita Bhattacharyya | Monday, December 1, 2014

Coastal Ecosystem Protection: A Strategic Opportunity for the United States and India

IndiaCoastal wetlands and mangrove forests help fight climate change, but strong leadership and bilateral collaboration are urgently needed to avoid losing them forever.

by Shiva Polefka | Monday, November 10, 2014

Rising Waters, Rising Threat

overflowing sewer book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers need to invest in the resilience of our wastewater treatment infrastructure to ensure that decades of progress on public health, environmental quality, and economic development are not washed away.

by Ben Bovarnick, Shiva Polefka, Arpita Bhattacharyya | Friday, October 31, 2014

Fighting Fraudulent Fishing

MunroPresident Obama’s next major ocean initiative needs to get crime out of the seafood supply chain.

by Shiva Polefka and Michael Conathan | Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Economic Benefits of Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

article icon Fact Sheet Healthy coastal ecosystems provide critical social and environmental benefits.

by Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

Wetlands book_alt2 icon Report Restoring degraded coastal ecosystems produces economic returns above and beyond short-term job creation and economic stimulus.

by Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Top 5 Challenges Facing the New NOAA Administrator

Kathryn SullivanAs former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan takes over NOAA, she faces challenges worthy of a rocket scientist.

by Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Thursday, March 6, 2014

5 More Items for President Obama’s Climate Change To-Do List

These five clean energy and public health priorities for the president's second term are vital to slowing climate change and building on the clean energy successes of the past year.

by Daniel J. Weiss, Jessica Goad, Shiva Polefka | Friday, January 24, 2014

Moving Out of Harm’s Way

Sandy flooding article icon Issue Brief Investing in voluntary public buyouts of flood-prone properties moves coastal communities out of the crosshairs of climate change and saves U.S. taxpayers money.

by Shiva Polefka | Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Life for the National Marine Sanctuary System

Florida Keys National Marine SanctuaryNOAA’s proposal for a new framework for future expansion of the National Marine Sanctuary System represents real progress for marine-natural-resource management.

by Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region Threatens a Sustainable Economy

Pebble Mine project article icon Issue Brief A proposal to develop one of the world’s largest open-pit mines in a remote and pristine corner of Alaska could destroy some of America’s most valuable fisheries.

by Jessica Goad, Shiva Polefka, Michael Conathan, Christy Goldfuss | Thursday, June 27, 2013

What President Obama’s Climate Plan Means for the Ocean

President Obama at GeorgetownThe president’s major speech on climate change set the stage for policies that will improve the health of our planet, including the 71 percent of it that is covered by oceans.

by Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, June 26, 2013