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Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

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A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP

After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change

November 20, 2017 — The latest climate change survey from Yale and George Mason Universities is out, and it shows that Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. Only Continue reading Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

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Satellite image as of October 15, 2:45 pm UTC. Image courtesy of NOAA

Irish authorities say Hurricane Ophelia can damage buildings and provoke ‘dangerous’ sea conditions as well as potential flooding

DUBLIN, Ireland (Oct. 16, 2017) — Britain and Ireland braced Sunday, October 15, for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands. Continue reading Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

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FLOODING. The intertropical convergence zone brings heavy rain and floods to Zamboanga City.

The lone fatality is a 70-year-old man who drowned while evacuating

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Oct. 16, 2017 ) — One person died and 4 others were injured as heavy rain caused by the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) triggered flooding in this city on Sunday, October 15. Continue reading 1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

Trump requests $29 billion for storm-hit Puerto Rico

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TRUMP IN PUERTO RICO. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit residents affected by Hurricane Maria in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

US President Donald Trump asks for a package that includes $12.77 billion in disaster relief and a $16-billion bailout for a critical flood insurance program

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Oct. 5, 2017) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, October 4, asked Congress for a bumper $29-billion package of emergency relief after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico. Continue reading Trump requests $29 billion for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Playing with Water: Humans Are Altering Risk of Nuisance Floods

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High tides can flood streets and homes, like this 2015 incident in Charleston, S.C., even on perfectly sunny days. A new study suggests that human groundwater management strategies are increasing this kind of troublesome, but not fatal, nuisance flooding along parts of the U.S. East Coast. Credit: Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via Associated Press

New research suggests that excessive groundwater usage and damming have changed the natural risk of nuisance floods, for better or worse, in eastern U.S. coastal cities

September 28, 2017 — Nuisance flooding—the kind of sunny-day, nonfatal flooding that closes roads, seeps into basements, and generally causes, well, a nuisance—is on the rise along southern stretches of the U.S. eastern coast and on the decline farther north. The ways that humans are altering the natural flow of water in and on the Earth are partly responsible for these changes, according to an international team of researchers. Continue reading Playing with Water: Humans Are Altering Risk of Nuisance Floods

Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

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A family cooks food on a cot in flood-hit Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh – a country among the most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. Photograph: Zakir Chowdhury/Barcroft Images

World faces disaster if those who contributed ‘lion’s share’ to global warming don’t aid low-income countries, IMF says

September 27, 2017 — The International Monetary Fund has told rich countries they must do more to help poor nations cope with climate change or suffer from the weaker global growth and higher migration flows that will inevitably result. Continue reading Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

California Floods Linked to Atmospheric Water Vapor “Rivers”

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Long, narrow bands of water vapor in the atmosphere delivered heavy rainfall that strained and damaged the spillway of northern California’s Oroville Dam in February 2017. New research investigates the relationship between floods and atmospheric rivers in California. Credit: Kelly M. Grow/California Department of Water Resources

Narrow atmospheric streams of water vapor that deliver heavy rains are more commonly associated with floods and debris flows in northern California than with flash floods in southern California

September 26, 2017 — Around the world, huge streams of water vapor known as atmospheric rivers can generate heavy rain or snow as they flow over land. Just a few atmospheric rivers, each typically more than 2,000 kilometers long and less than 1,000 kilometers Continue reading California Floods Linked to Atmospheric Water Vapor “Rivers”

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like

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An aerial rendering of New Meadowlands, a proposal to provide flood protection and recreational amenities with a system of berms and marshes in Meadowlands, New Jersey
Photograph: MIT CAU + ZUS + URBANISTEN

The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard

September 25, 2017 — They call it “pave, pipe, and pump”: the mentality that has dominated urban development for over a century. Continue reading What would an entirely flood-proof city look like

Heavy rain triggers floods in Bacolod

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HEAVY RAIN. Bacolod experiences some flooding caused by heavy rain on Friday, September 22, 2017. Photo by Charles Hilado from Facebook.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia says the heavy downpour since Friday afternoon have caused waist-high floods in some barangays

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 23, 2017) — Heavy rain due to the southwest monsoon hit Bacolod City on Friday night, September 22. Continue reading Heavy rain triggers floods in Bacolod

Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

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An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Dominica on Tuesday, the day before it struck Puerto Rico. Credit: NOAA

This hurricane season has broken multiple records already

September 22, 2017 — On top of powerful winds and flooding, there was darkness. It came when the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power after Hurricane Maria’s onslaught Wednesday. The category 4 storm’s winds ripped through Puerto Rico starting around 7 a.m. Eastern time that Continue reading Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage