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This Week: From Rising Roads in Miami to Dead Zones in the Gulf

What Earth and space science stories are we recommending this week?


Raising Flood-Prone Roads Has Angered Miami Beach Residents. Experts Say They Need to Go Higher. According to new calculations, city consultants say that Miami Beach, Fla., needs to raise its roads even higher than they already have to avoid flooding from rising sea levels. Sounds simple, right? As this article from the Miami Herald shows, it’s anything but. I really appreciate this window into the real-life complications of climate adaptation.
Jenessa Duncombe, Staff Writer


Keeping African Climate Activists in the Picture.

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate spoke out after she was cropped out of a photo taken of her, Greta Thunberg, and other activists at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Associated Press editor in chief has apologized for cropping out the only person of color in the photo and, according to NBC News, has held several town hall meetings for AP employees to discuss issues of racial sensitivity.
Randy Showstack, Staff Writer


Fertilizer Feeds Humanity—and It’s Destroying the Gulf Of Mexico.

Interested in why the Gulf of Mexico dead zone exists, what it’s hurting environmentally and financially, and what could be done to help mitigate it? Check out this excellent, succinct, and poop emoji–filled explainer video from Grist.
Timothy Oleson, Science Editor


Wildfire Emissions. This week, the February issue of Eos is on its way to AGU
members’ mailboxes. (The print version is also available online as a pdf.) This special issue focuses on wildfire emissions research, and will continue to provide special coverage of this important topic throughout the month.
Faith Ishii, Production Manager


What Makes an Earthquake a “Roller” or a “Shaker”?

Earlier this week, much of the Caribbean felt an M7.7 quake that took place off the coast of Jamaica. Puerto Rico continues to experience a swarm of quakes that began in late December. This is a nice thread that explains why the ground is rolling versus shaking during a seismic event.
Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer


What Really Killed the Dinosaurs? Looks like it really was the asteroid….
—Nancy McGuire, Contract Editor


Enjambre de Terremotos Inusuales Golpean a Puerto Rico.

I’m so happy Eos is off to a great start in offering Spanish translations of our articles. The fact that our partner Planeteando is located in Northern California (my home state!) is just icing on the cake!
Caryl-Sue, Managing Editor

Citation: AGU (2020), This week: From rising roads in Miami to dead zones in the Gulf, Eos, 101, Published on 31 January 2020.
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