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2021 election preview: Two cities, facing floods and aridity, eye big public works

2021 election preview: Two cities, facing floods and aridity, eye big public works

Boise and Virginia Beach ask voters to approve infrastructure plans that exceed a half-billion dollars.

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Virginia Beach approves sea level rise plan, will require developers to take more flooding into account

The Virginia Beach City Council has taken steps to prepare for higher tides in the coming decades, passing a sea level rise plan that provides a sweeping vision for how to safeguard this coastal community and voting to require developers to account for more flooding.

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As Virginia Beach prepares for sea level rise, officials avoid climate change and punt on carbon emissions

In all of their recent preparations for sea level rise, city staff have steered clear of what most experts say is causing the tides to creep higher and higher. By design, they rarely, if ever, utter the words “climate change" - and they specifically avoid attributing any such change directly to humans.

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To address climate change, Charlotte is buying out homeowners and demolishing flood-prone houses
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To address climate change, Charlotte is buying out homeowners and demolishing flood-prone houses

Charlotte has been demolishing flood-prone houses for years. But the floods are getting bigger.
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As climate risk grows, cities test a tough strategy: Saying 'no' to developers
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As climate risk grows, cities test a tough strategy: Saying 'no' to developers

A fight in Virginia Beach demonstrates the hard choices cities face when the pressure for new homes collides with the rising toll of natural disasters.
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Virginia Beach wants to require developers to factor in sea level rise for new projects
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Virginia Beach wants to require developers to factor in sea level rise for new projects

The more stringent standards would be an effort to protect new properties from the increasing risk of flooding in Virginia's largest city as sea level rise is set to accelerate.

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Sea level rise could cost Virginia Beach billions of dollars, study says
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Sea level rise could cost Virginia Beach billions of dollars, study says

Faced with the threat of more rainfall, increased flooding and sea levels rising at twice the global rate, a consultant's study warned that climate change's future impacts on Virginia's largest city could cost billions of dollars.

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