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2010-11-30 14:15:00

Announces Nearly $500,000 in Flood Protection Grants to Benefit 19 Communities HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today stressed the importance of protecting communities and citizens from flooding threats -- and especially since Pennsylvania is among the most flood-prone states -- as he announced the latest round of flood protection grants for projects in 15 counties. The Governor said this latest investment totaling $477,934 builds on the...

2010-11-12 11:40:00

BEIJING, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Tri-Tech Holding Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIT), a premier Chinese company that provides leading turn-key solutions in China for water resources, water and wastewater treatment, industrial safety and the pollution control markets, announced today that Tri-Tech and its subsidiary Yanyu will participate in the( )5th International Water Summit Forum of China in Beijing on November 17 and 18, 2010. The forum is hosted by the Water Resources Division...

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2010-11-07 07:28:30

As winter approaches, northern dwellers will get assistance from space to help them face the harsh weather. Satellite information on snow cover is now available through ESA's GlobSnow project soon after it snows. As well as posing a hazard to communities through transportation shutdowns and floods, snow cover is one of the most important elements influencing the planet's climate, meteorology and water systems. Understanding snow conditions helps us to predict floods and advance climate...

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2010-09-29 09:45:00

Researchers have created a computer model that predicts how a disaster's impact on critical infrastructure would affect a city's social and economic fabric, a potential tool to help reduce the severity of impacts, manage the aftermath of catastrophe and fortify infrastructure against future disasters. "The model works for any type of disaster that influences the infrastructure," said Makarand Hastak, head of construction engineering and management and a professor of civil engineering at...

2010-09-09 11:10:01

System provides valuable information during hurricane season, oil disaster Gregory Stone, director of LSU's WAVCIS Program and also of the Coastal Studies Institute in the university's School of the Coast & Environment, disagrees with published estimates that more than 75 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident has disappeared. Stone recently participated in a three-hour flyover of the affected area in the Gulf, where he said that subsurface oil was easily visible from...

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2010-09-02 12:26:25

Devastating around a third of the country, it is estimated that the floods in Pakistan have affected up to 20 million people. As part of the effort to support humanitarian relief, satellite data are being used to generate essential maps of the flooded areas. Pakistan's floods are arguably the worst in living memory, leaving many hundreds dead and millions homeless or marooned as villages and infrastructure have washed away. The fear now is that more will die from water-borne diseases. The...

2010-08-31 07:25:00

WINDSOR, Colo., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- As our society and aging infrastructure become increasingly more vulnerable and impacted by extreme rainfall, the requirement for timely, accurate and informative rainfall information presented in a meaningful context is paramount to saving lives, protecting property and efficiently managing water. An innovative new way of looking at rainfall data is providing a wide variety of users a powerful perspective of how unusual, or common, recent rainstorms...

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2010-08-20 07:50:00

Changes in climate may be a partial cause to the record rainfall that is wreaking havoc in Asia, but environmental experts say the destruction of ecosystems is more directly at fault for the severity of killer floods.The devastating floods are becoming worse because of several factors, including deforestation, conversion of wetlands into farmlands and urban centers and the clogging of natural drainage systems, experts warn."You can't just blame nature... humans have encroached on the natural...

2010-08-03 02:38:44

Using a flood simulator, MU researchers reveal cottonwood trees as a profitable crop in devastated flood areas When the Missouri River flooded in 1993 and 1995, it left a deep layer of sandy silt that covered thousands of acres of rich farmland. Now, MU forestry researchers may have found a crop that can survive a flood and act as a sustainable source of biomass. During the 1993 flood, Gene Garrett, forestry professor and former director of the Center for Agroforestry, observed that...

2010-07-02 14:45:00

WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- As Tropical Storm Alex raises concerns about weather-related risks to life and property, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging U.S. residents nationwide to protect themselves and their properties by preparing an emergency readiness kit and purchasing flood insurance. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/floodsmart/44348/ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...


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2012-08-03 11:43:48

Four major events occurred yesterday, the first being the formation of Tropical Storm Ernesto, which is now located just east of the Windward Islands with winds near 45 knots. The second was the heat in the Southern Plains as many places saw temps over 100F with heat index values near 105-110 for the region. High temperatures are again one of the main story makers across the country. 100 degree temperatures continue to plague Texas and Oklahoma. Eleven out of the last 14 days in...

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