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Putting a price tag on nature's defenses

from The New York Times

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the United States Army Corps of Engineers got to work on a massive network of levees and flood walls to protect against future catastrophes. Finally completed in 2012, the project ended up costing $14.5 billion — and that figure didn't include the upkeep these defenses will require in years to come, not to mention the cost of someday replacing them altogether. But levees aren't the only things that protect coasts from storm damage. Nature offers protection, too. more


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