For the first time in the Dutch history, water managers decided to close all storm surge barriers in the country:
- The storm barrier Oosterschelde
- The beautiful Maesland barrier
- The Hartelkering
- The Hollandse IJsselkering
- The Balgstuw
A new approach, the Anticipatory Flood Management (AFMA), will be used to make the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria better prepared for severe flooding.
Dutch-based educational institute IHE Delft will lead a project.
The project will serve as an example for many other cities in the Arab region to make the switch from responding to anticipating to a disastrous flood. Read More
According to climate researchers in the Netherlands, at the end of this century more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. It was already known that, due to global warming, up to 60% more precipitation would fall in the Arctic.
The researchers now argue that it mainly involves rain, while scientists always presuppose the precipitation would be snow. Read More
12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017 for you.
Startups try to attend as many events as possible, but not all the events can be compared to each other in their scope and efficiency.
We are sharing the list of the biggest startup events in 2017, choose those ones that you would like to attend and go ahead!
Cape Town, South Africa is running out of water. The city has been struck by severe drought and there is enough water for just 100 days.
Just like Sao Paulo in 2015, citizens are asked to conserve and reduce their water supply. Kevin Winter, lecturer at the University of Cape Town Environmental and Geographical Sciences:
“We can’t see any rain on the horizon. And right now, in terms of dam storage levels, we’re probably approaching the ‘100 days left of storage.
Scarcity of fresh water is the biggest world problem according to the Nature Conservancy. A lot of cities suffer under water stress.
A quarter of the planet will experience severe water shortages one month per year by 2030.
The Nature Conservancy is working on a variety of strategies to protect water at its source, increase water efficiencies, and engage corporate and municipal leaders, governments, urban residents and other institutions in watershed stewardship. They offer 3 strategies Read More
Flooded streets and basements, cars underwater, dams overwhelmed – storm Axel brought great damage to parts of the Baltic coast in Germany last Wednesday.
This tomato farm in Australia is the first agricultural facility of it’s kind, combining solar power with desalination and countering the requirement for fresh water and fossil fuels.
The firm celebrated its grand opening in Port Augusta, South Australia, last Thursday.
Storming Water costs lives and a lot of money. Last winter, more than 15,000 homes and businesses in just eight council areas in the USA were flooded, a survey has revealed.
In October, the US President has declared a federal disaster for storming water and floods that struck 8 countries during late August 2016
The research for the Local Government Association found that councils were still helping flood-hit homes recover.
Councils are encouraging people to check if they are at risk of flooding this year, to sign up to flood warnings and make sure their homes are prepared. Read More
Even if global warming is capped at governments’ target of 2C, 20% of the world’s population will be to migrate to higher area’s because of rising sea levels.
Countries like the Netherlands and Bangladesh and cities including New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Calcutta, Jakarta and Shanghai would all be submerged because of melting polar ice caps and sea-level rise. Read More
In San Francisco (SF), where the waterfront has been a political battleground for decades, sea-level rise is too easy to ignore.
While SF is less vulnerable to rising sea levels than other parts of the Bay Area, portions of areas bordering the bay would be at risk.
The challenge is to accommodate the bay’s impending expansion as it rises because of our warming planet. And to accomplish that in a way that won’t put our human and environmental resources at risk. Read More
Will we keep our feet dry? Rivers are rising fast!
Since May 31th, it’s awfully raining in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. It looks like the monsoons we know from South East Asia.
The next days, the water level in the rivers Rhine, Waal and IJssel, will reach maybe the highest level ever in summer times. A water level of more than 14 meters above sea level is not usual for this time of year. Read More
Delta Areas will be protected by an International Coalition.
That’s the result of the international climate conference ‘Adaptation Futures’, May 11th in Rotterdam.
Countries agreed to work together to create resilient urban delta areas against a rising sea level rising because of the climate change. Read More
In Europe we know this permeable or porous concrete saves may lives during the year. Why? Because the road stays dry, even with stormy weather. And we will face an increasing lot of storms the upcoming years.
A lot of countries don’t invest in permeable concrete. But maybe this system will change their minds.
Porous concrete on roads means: less traffic noise and the end of splashing water and aquaplaning
The average motorist appreciates the comfort of the porous coating. But there are also disadvantages:
Given the rate of change, our world will be a very different place by 2040. More and more people are moving to cities.
How will billions of city-dwellers access what they need without putting intolerable strains on the planet?
How can we plan now for more sustainable ways of life in a radically different world?
In this post you will find six advices for megacities (a population in excess of 10 million people) Read More
Climate change must take into Northern parts of the world with wetter winters and drier summers. That means less fresh water in the period when farmers there are most in need.
Underground water buffers will help the farmers. Since the summer 2015, a new underground water storage technique has been tested successfully. Read More
In Japan, floods have caused devastations. Torrential rains are associated with former Tropical Storm Etau shifted north after dumping unprecedented rainfall on parts of eastern Japan, last Wednesday and Thursday.
More than a hundred thousand people had to flee because of the high water, which sometimes even carried houses along.
All kind of measures have been taken to increase the water use of people and industries. But which technologies are available to increase the water use in agriculture and still can rely on better harvests?
Israel’s turnaround came with a seven-year drought, one of the most severe to hit modern Israel, that began in 2005 and peaked in the winter of 2008 to 2009.
The country needed to introduce measures and become drought resistant.
Now, the country has enough water for people, industries and agri.
What did they do? Lessons learned from a country where every drop of water counts.
According to a new study from researchers at the University of California and NASA about 33% of the aquifers is under stress.
The recent increase in costly extreme weather events has provided a clear signal to many companies of the near-term risks associated with climate change.
Water Risk Management is getting top priority for industries, businesses, hospitals and (local) governments.
Especially for business managers, we have made an overview of: