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More 'nuisance flooding' will be new normal for some US coastal cities by 2050, NOAA says

Most U.S. coastal cities will see 30 or more days of "nuisance flooding" every year by 2050 as the sea level continues to rise as a result of climate warming.

US cities could see more power disruptions from major storms in future, new research shows

Johns Hopkins University researchers looked at historic hurricane records along with a dozen plausible scenarios in which climate change could affect the intensity, frequency and location of future storms to determine which of 27 cities would be most vulnerable to power outages.

GAO: FEMA overspent 'hundreds of millions of dollars' in administrative costs during disasters

The agency is not requiring that established targets for reducing administrative costs during disasters be met, congressional investigators said in Dec. 17 report.

Several handheld firefighter radios fail in simulated tests, NIST researchers find

Firefighters might lose communications during an incident if their handheld radios are exposed to high temperatures, according to new tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers.

DHS seeks help of small businesses to develop security-related solutions

The Homeland Security Department's research and development arm recently released a pre-solicitation notice to small businesses regarding the potential development of innovative technologies from forensics to cybersecurity to wearable communications.

Sophisticated cyber attack tools available underground to anyone, Senate panel says

Several federal law enforcement and computer security officials told a Senate panel Dec. 10 that increasingly sophisticated malware and other tools designed to infiltrate information systems are available to any individual, organization or country at relatively lower costs through underground markets.

New federal water, ecosystem datasets available to help assess climate change impact

The White House, Interior Department and several other agencies this week released large government datasets on water and ecosystems as well as new geospatial tools to help communities prepare and cope with impacts from climate change.

FEMA agrees to reforms to help Hurricane Sandy victims get benefits, lawmakers announce

After meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over complaints about flood damage claims from homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy, several U.S. lawmakers said agreed-to reforms should help victims resolve issues and get the benefits they need.

CRS: Pause on some federally funded biological research could have broader impact

The extent and impact of a federal moratorium levied this year on certain research projects involving influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome and severe acute respiratory syndrome viruses are unclear, according to recent Congressional Research Service analysis.  

Aircraft-equipped containment system used to fly Ebola patients out of Africa

An Army-developed containment system fitted into an aircraft is being used for the first time to quarantine Ebola patients being flown out of West Africa. The Aeromedical Biological Containment System is a tent-like, modular system that has been installed in a specially modified Gulfstream III air ambulance. Several successful missions have been conducted already.