Water scarcity will hit hundreds of millions of additional people by 2100

Climate change, water shortage, clean drinking water, Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 11, 2014 – The governor of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has asked for emergency clearance to siphon the remaining water out of the main reservoir serving Sao Paulo city, which has almost run dry. After nine months of unprecedented drought, 95% of the water has gone

Recent reports from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House are showing the consequences of climate change. 

Water scarcity will hit hundreds of millions of additional people by 2100.

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World Bank gives the Dutch prominent role in addressing global water issues

Interaguas Project, WorldBank, Brazil, Water crisis, Dehydration

The WorldBank supports also Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management.

The World Bank wants to give the Netherlands a more active role in advising on real solutions to address the global water challenges. Read More

WorldBank project Brazil Federal Integrated Water – Interaquas – money lost?

Interaguas Project, WorldBank, Brazil, Water crisis, Dehydration

The WorldBank supports Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management. Still there is a Water Crisis going on.

The objective of the Federal Integrated Water Sector –Interaguas Project – is to supports the Government of Brazil to improve the coordination and strengthen the capacity among key federal institutions in the water sector toward an integrated approach. It started in 2011

 

Where did the US$ 107.33 million go to? We don’t see any progress!

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The Netherlands gets climate proof

Netherlands, climate proof

1500 kilometers of dikes will be increased, broadened and/or strengthened

The Dutch government is assigning 20,000 million euro (25,784 million USD) to save the Netherlands against sea and especially river flooding. According to the Dutch Delta program, every citizen will be protected against climate change. This plan lowers the risk for flooding to 1 per 100,000 years.

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No more flood disasters from Poland’s River Odra

Odra River Poland

Odra River Poland

Poland’s Odra River has flooded its banks more than 16 times in 200 years – causing death and destruction. A World Bank-supported project is now in place to prevent future flooding, and protect the thousands of homes – and millions of residents – located around the Odra River Basin.

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Florida’s fears of further beach erosion and coastal flooding

Coastal erosion costs Florida millions a year

Climate change causes a lot of damage in Florida

Decades after Congress sought to curb the federal costs of coastal management, several agencies are encouraging communities to apply for aid to protect shores with sand replenishment, bulkheads, breakwaters and rock embankments.

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Extreme European flooding could more than double costs by 2050

Climate change, floods Europe

Devastating effects by the 2013 Central European floods

A report from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) warns that losses from extreme floods in Europe could more than doubled by 2050, because of climate change and socio-economic development.

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California is Preparing for Sea-Level Extremes

When we get large storms that coincide with high tides, that’s when there’s the potential for the most damage.

When we get large storms that coincide with high tides, that’s when there’s the potential for the most damage.

Sea-level rise is a dynamic phenomenon. Historical experience indicates that sea level rise occurs in spurts. In the next several decades, California’s greatest coastal impacts are likely to be caused when an El Niño event, large storms, and high tides coming together. Read More

Scientists Estimate California Lost 63 Trillion Gallons Of Water

Water stress: Lake Oroville is almost dried up

Water stress: Lake Oroville is almost dried up

Scientists estimate California lost 63 trillion gallons of water in the past 18 months. California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. And besides that, farmers are pumping water at a rate four to five times greater than can be replenished.


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New Dutch Rainwater Approach: No Wet Feet, Lots Of Birds And A Beautiful View

peak water disposal system

Water Board let polder Haastrecht deflate again.

We saw it this summer in the Netherlands. The rainfall the last years is extraordinary. Climate is changing and the regular water systems can not always get rit of the rainwater. Therefore, the Netherlands use a relatively new weapon against water: the peak water disposal system. Read More

Maybe California and NY need some of the Dutch Water Expertise?

 

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA's campus

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA’s campus

 – Associate Professor, CSU Channel Islands – just returned to the states to find a raft of stories from the past few days/weeks about the challenges California is facing. Some of these are drought-driven, but all are at least partly related to poor management of California’s water infrastructure and the general failure to make larger society-wide investments in their water management systems. Read More

Burlington flood: Cities face new breed of storms, climatologist says

The heavy rain over Burlington, Ont., on Aug. 4 was an isolated event, but climate change seems to be accompanied by more extreme storms that overwhelm infrastructure and cause flooding.

The heavy rain over Burlington, Ont., on Aug. 4 was an isolated event, but climate change seems to be accompanied by more extreme storms that overwhelm infrastructure and cause flooding.

Canadians are facing a ‘new breed’ of storms, and governments should change the way they plan for the kind of wild weather that caused a flash flood in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

And not only in Canada. All around the world, infrastructure is aging and breaking down. We need to take into consideration the new climate and look for innovations like green roofs, porous pavements and storm management solutions like the various and complementary water solutions at BetterWorldSolutions.  Read More

Scientists warn for more floods

Scientists warn for more floods

Simulations warn: be prepared for more floods.

Researchers at the Met Office and Newcastle University have warned that global warming will lead to an increase in summer downpours and flash flooding.

This study is the first to make a direct link between increasing global temperatures and summer flooding. Read More

Flood risks: is London in danger?

Flood, climate change, London Flood Barrier, sea level rising

Thames Barrier: A series of river gates, it was built in the 1970s to protect vulnerable London from storm surges. In 1990, the Thames Barrier closed once or twice a year on average, while in 2003 it closed 14 times. It is expected to be useful only for another 50 years because of sea level rise.

Melting ice from the poles could make sea levels rise by up to three feet by the end of the century, scientists claim. 

The Thames Barrier would struggle to cope with predicted storm surges, experts say, leaving London at risk of ‘great floods’.

London’s ‘at risk’ list includes the Houses of Parliament, Canary Wharf, 86 railway and Tube stations, 16 hospitals and over half a million homes. And the iconic silver pods of the Thames Barrier can’t keep rising tides at bay forever.

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Rivers need space

floods Serbia, Bosnia. May 2014

Ten thousand of evacuees were plucked out of the disaster areas in Serbia

Spring 2014: Thousands of people have fled their homes in Europe’s ‘Balkan region’ after record rainfall.

Official counts indicated that over 1.6 million people were affected.

Assessments of the damage ranged up to several billions of dollars.  Read More

Amazing proposals to aim and protect New York against a hurricane

NY Sandy

At least 48 dead across the US east coast as Superstorm Sandy, a former hurricane, causes widespread flooding and power cuts. October 30, 2012

Organized by a project called ‘Rebuild By Design’, some of the plans have evocative names, like ‘Blue Dunes’. They share a bottom-up approach for creating urban and regional design solutions that invest in the concerns and needs of local communities. This gallery below 

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Earthquakes, river flooding, cyclones and tsunamis: world’s 10 riskiest cities

CHILE EARTHQUAKE

Powerful quake hits Chile, sparks 2-metre tsunami april 2014

What are the world’s riskiest cities when it comes to natural disasters? A reinsurance company set out to assess 616 cities around the world for their risk of earthquake, hurricanes and cyclones, storm surge, river flooding and tsunami. Here are Swiss Re’s overall top 10 most risky cities.  Read More

Italy battles floods as bad weather batters Europe

pisa

Every year Europe has a lot of damage because of the floods

Areas of Italy and France are on flood alert as heavy rain brings chaos to parts of Europe.

Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes in the Italian city of Pisa as the Arno river threatened to burst its banks on Friday.  Read More

Italy floods and snow strikes Serbia

venice flood 2014

Flood hits San Marco plaza in Venice 2014

Heavy rains have cause severe flooding in several Italian cities, including Pisa, Florence and the capital Rome.

Meanwhile, deep snow drifts left dozens of people stranded in Serbia.

Flooding threat spreads to Severn and Thames riverside properties

flood uk

South-West and the South of England has suffered from flooding and overflow areas for months

Environment Agency warns high tides, large waves and strong winds could lead to floods in south-west and southern England.