Flood Risk: Question Is Where, Not When

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Flood risk maps like this one from NOAA, are not glamorous or technologically exciting things. They have done their work for many years and, provided that they are up to date, are an effective way of communicating a generalized level of risk.

Flood Risk: Both the nature of these storms and floods, and their impact on property owners are getting close attention, and that is welcome because it is changing the way people think about underwriting insurances.

So stop wondering when a serious flood will happen – it is way more important to understand where the damage will be when the flood occurs.

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SF needs to speed up to climate change

SF needs to speed up to climate change

SF doesn’t know which neighborhoods will be worst hit after a given storm, but they do know sea levels are rising, and that with climate change, those hurricanes off Mexico’s Pacific Coast could come north some day. They don’t know when or how severe, but we could get a 25 foot storm surge at some point.

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

Flexible Flood Barrier

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This multi functional flood barrier offers the ability to change the height of the flood barrier.

This is a great low cost, green and rapid solution for a new river barrier. 

The UK suffered from floods in 2014. Neptune has an answer to it.

This barrier does not have to be knocked down and rebuilt. Its height can easily be increased on site responding to any unexpected increase in sea levels whenever they might occur. Read More

5 questions about our climate

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COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action

Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.

Five questions about the climate issues. Read More

Climate Paris in Figures

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Berkeley Earth has just released analysis of land-surface temperature records going back 250 years, about 100 years further than previous studies. The analysis shows that the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees in the past 50 years.

With 195 participating countries and 3000 journalists we can expect a lot of news from Paris during the next days.

In advance, a summary of the top in figures. Read More

Will climate agreement be ambitious enough?

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Businesses have a major role to play in driving low-carbon growth

Fear is a bad counselor, when it’s about terrorists and refugees. But it’s a welcome guest at the big climate summit that begins today in Paris. Global warming needs to be stopped, we are running running out of time.

The fear will wrap in many guises: crumbling icebergs, dried-up lakes, burning forests, raging water and millions of people in need. Read More

Chaotic situations because of storm in Japan

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Catastrophe in Japan because of floods

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.
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Billions for waterworks to make the Netherlands climate proof

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The Delta Program is like a kitchen where new recipes are developed, which then could also be highlighted on the international market.

The next years billions of euros will be spent on waterworks which will make the Netherlands climate proof.

Investments that are not confined to the increase of one dike, but also focus on a regional approach.

An approach that encourages cooperation, and shines the light on the specialized knowledge from the Dutch. Read More

Texas flood death toll rises to 24

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Flood Waters Threaten To Break Padera Dam Texas

Persistent rain has resulted in the US state of Texas for more flooding. This past week certainly 24 people were killed by the storms and rising waters, 13 people are still missing.

US President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the state.

In May, enough rain fell to cover Texas 8 inches deep.

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Flood expected? The Crowd is saving lives

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Floodtags offers the local perspective, the ground-truth on floods, by listening to and anticipating on the flood observations of citizens on social media. After filtering and enriching the data with water- and geolocations, Floodtags delivers the ground-truth data as a service for flood management.

The crowd is saving lives during flood disasters. How? FloodTags is receiving all flood related tweets, starting in Indonesia. 

Tweets about major floods are being turned into a mapping tool that could be used by emergency services and disaster response teams to evacuate an area, save lives and provide aid.
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Lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy

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National Audit Office warns: be prepared for more floods.

Sandy was actually predicted by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (UK), a week before it arrived.

But, in the wake of superstorm Sandy, much of New York City was plunged into darkness.

What can we learn from this big floodings in New York? Read More

Dutch experts provide drainage refugee camp in South Sudan

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Residents of flooded protection site for people displaced by violence cross waist-high water as

More than fifty thousand people in a swampy area of ​​seventy acres that is totally flooding during the rainy season total.

That is the residence of refugees in the civil war-torn South Sudan Bentiu town.

A team of hydraulic engineers, has been working to improve the drainage of this refugee camp. Read More

Arctic Ice Cap 130,000 sq km smaller

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A composite from NASA showing how the ice is receding in the Arctic since 1979.

The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) reported that the Arctic Ice Cap is covering only 14.5m sq km of the northern seas.

This is 130,000 sq km smaller than the previous lowest maximum in 2011.

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Who rescues pacific islands from global warming?

Vanuatu

In this part of the Pacific Ocean, the sea level rises about 7 millimeters per year. This is more than twice the world average of 3 millimeters per year.

It is difficult to say whether monster cyclone Pam is a direct result of climate change. What is certain, is that the condition of low-lying island nations in the Pacific Ocean is awkward.

Four days after cyclone ‘Pam’ hit Vanuatu, much remains unclear. About the damages, and the number of victims.

Fact is that in this part of the Pacific Ocean, the sea level rises about 7 millimeters per year. This is more than twice the world average of 3 millimeters per year. Read More

NASA Data will help forecasting Hurricanes

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Because of sea level rising, historical cities will be lost

Researchers of NASA are now able to simulate a heavy storm, typhoon or hurricane and help local authorities saving their people in an early stage.

The researchers used data, including temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction. With this model they can predict a disaster because of the climate change. Read More

Dutch Water Experts in worldwide Flood Team

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

Dutch Flood Experts will join an international flood crisis team during flood disasters.

This special stuffed facility can provide quick and efficient help during the first phase after a major disaster.

They will give flood advices to bring people to safety. Read More

Water Risk Management should be Key Priority for companies

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Hospital Generators Failed in Hurricane Sandy

Companies and public organisations like hospitals, still don’t focus on corporate water risks as largely external to the company. 

However, with demand set to increase even further by 55% in 2050 (OECD Outlook 2050) and deteriorating water quality (OECD, Anthony Cox), companies are facing the need to expand their perspectives. Read More

10 cities in danger Sea Level Rising

10 cities in danger Sea Level Rising

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10 cities are in danger because of Sea Level Rising. And 44% of all people on Earth live within 100 miles of the shore.

Luckily, a growing number of studies have measured the risk from rising oceans, in different areas.

They made predictions for sea level rising in 2030, 2050 and 2070.  Read More

Roadmap with proven integrated and sustainable water resource approach

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Sustainable water management cycle

Water is world wide a fundamental resource challenge.

Also for California – with its very fast growing cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Water planning and management is a critical underpinning of California’s economy and environment.

This roadmap ensures an integrated and sustainable water resource approach.

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Excellent Development – ‘Sand Dams’ in Kenya

Excellent works with community self-help groups in semi-arid Africa to improve their environment sustainably. Effective soil and water conservation enable improved water supply, food security, health and incomes. Find out more about Sand Dams here:

Dozens of America’s east coast cities face routine tidal flooding under climate change

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Flooding will plaque the East Coast of the VS

Tidal flooding should be one of the biggest concernes of dozens of America’s east coast cities. Researchers said that cities have to face routine tidal flooding under climate change. Read More