Warning: El Nino in 2015?

El Nino treathens Central America, Climate Change, Floods, Dehydration, Drought, Australia, Azia, Brazil, sea level

Unusual warming of waters in the central equatorial Pacific has prompted the US government to declare an El Nino event and predict a better-than-even chance that it will linger through the middle of the year.

The main meteorological agencies have declared 2014 to have been the hottest year globally on record.

The rising ocean temperature are reason to believe that the El Nino-like conditions may result in 2015 setting new highs.

This year was beginning to resemble 1988, a warm year that followed a big El Nino event.

And so 2015 could be another warmest year! Read More

Drought in Caribbean countries causes hunger

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The climate change effects the Caribbean countries highly

Climate change affects the Caribbean Islands.

These countries already grappling with a finite amount of space for food production now face the added challenges of extreme rainfall events or droughts due to climate change.

 

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Green / Blue Cities Of The Future

Sustainable infrastructure, climate change, water crisis, drought, floods

Green, Blue Cities are Climate Proof

Worldwide, urban areas have to deal with climate change.  Consequences:  to much water, drought and not enough drinking water. It’s time for climate change adaptation. More water and flora (making the city greener) will make the city more resilient during periods of extreme rainfall or drought. Read More

How to involve communities with water management? IFIS / Iowa makes it happen

Flood, 2D, 3D, water management

Citizens are warned for floods in IOWA USA

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) platform gives civilians access community-based flood conditions, forecasts, visualizations, inundation maps and flood-related data, information, and applications. 

The IFIS helps communities make better-informed decisions on the occurrence of floods, and alerts communities in advance to help minimize damage of floods. Read More

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 pledges 50 million dollars for water and sanitation in Haiti

Clean drinking water, Haiti, World Bank

Haiti gets clean drinking water

Fifty million dollars have been pledged by the World Bank to improve safe water and sanitation and fight cholera in Haiti.

In 2010, 8,500 died and over 800,000 people were infected with the disease in the Caribbean country.

Bank president, Jim Yong Kim spoke at a donor conference in Washington D.C., which is inviting partners to fund the plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti. Read More

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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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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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

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