By Michael C. ReynoldsMarch 12, 2020 12:18:16New England residents who are living in their homes because of climate change have been forced to move into more permanent housing due to rising sea levels and rising sea-level rise.
As the region’s coastal areas become increasingly exposed to extreme weather events like superstorms and hurricanes, it is expected that many residents will need to leave their homes.
The New England Regional Flood Insurance Program is providing the funds needed to provide affordable, long-term, and sustainable housing to New Englanders who are unable to stay in their current homes due to extreme events.
The program, which was first implemented in New York City in 2006, was launched by the State of New York, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The funding was initially allocated to local governments through the Flood Insurance Pool and later expanded to the entire state of New England, with funding provided through the Regional Flood Program.
The goal is to provide $5 billion in disaster relief through the program and $1 billion in total relief for communities impacted by climate change, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOaa), a non-profit scientific organization that maintains an extensive network of data on the weather and climate system, also said that the funding would help mitigate the impact of extreme weather.
“By reducing the risk of severe weather, our investments in resilience are strengthening the resilience of our communities and our economies,” said James P. Hartman, the executive director of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic Climate and Climate Prediction, in a news release.”NOAA has identified more than 2,000 climate change-related disasters and related impacts to New York state, including sea level rise, extreme storms, and wildfires.
We have been providing $2.2 billion in additional disaster relief for the state and region since 2020.”
The program has been praised by experts as a first step toward preventing more disasters.
“Climate change is a major contributor to the severity of extreme events and has been the leading cause of loss and damage to coastal communities in New England and across the United Kingdom,” the U,S.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said in its statement.
“Our state’s efforts in supporting vulnerable communities and the recovery of lost property will make a positive difference in the resilience and well-being of coastal communities and communities across the country,” the agency said.
The announcement comes just weeks after NOAA announced a new study that found that the global average temperature has increased by 0.2 degrees Celsius since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
NOAA also reported that the sea level has increased 1.5 centimeters in the last 40 years, meaning that the amount of land available for sea level-related flooding has increased.
In addition, the Bureau of Atmospheric Research reported that a recent warming trend in the Arctic Ocean has led to an increase in the frequency of ice-free conditions in the region.