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2010-01-14 10:37:15

Climate scientists offer revised view of what influences water source for billions of people Harvard climate scientists suggest that the Tibetan Plateau"”thought to be the primary source of heat that drives the South Asian monsoon"”may have far less of an effect than the Himalayas and other surrounding mountains. As the monsoon brings needed rainfall and water to billions of people each year, understanding its proper origin, especially in the context of global climate change, is...

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2009-12-26 09:20:00

On the 5th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, an international scientific team has cautioned against claims that "Ëœbioshields' - belts of coastal trees - offer protection from tsunami or storm surges. In fact, planting alien trees along exposed coastlines will do more harm than good, by destroying local ecosystems, displacing people and taking money away from more effective coastal defense projects, according to the scientists. In the wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that...

2009-12-15 23:55:49

A Purdue University scientist has shown man-made changes to the landscape have affected Indian monsoon rains, suggesting that land-use decisions play an important role in climate change. Monsoon rainfall has decreased over the last 50 years in rural areas where irrigation has been used to increase agriculture in northern India, said Dev Niyogi, an associate professor of agronomy and earth and atmospheric sciences. At the same time, heavily urban areas are seeing an increase in heavy...

2009-12-10 13:00:00

Clark School's Galloway Among Engineers and Scientists Recommending River Reconnection to Prevent Flooding Disasters COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following news advisory was released by the A. James Clark School of Engineering: WHAT: In the next issue of Science, five scientists and engineers recommend converting certain areas, now protected from low-level flooding, into natural flood dissipation areas in order to prevent flooding disasters that are normally...

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2009-12-01 10:35:00

A meteorological depression and natural tides have placed much of Venice - including St. Mark's Square - underwater, officials announced Monday. Forty-five percent of the city was reported to be swamped after the lagoon rose more than 4 feet. Between 1993 and 2002, Venice has flooded 50 times. The worst was on November, 4, 1966, when the city experienced catastrophic flooding, submerging Venice under 1.94 meters of water. Also, according to AFP, "In February 1986, levels reached 1.58 meters...

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2009-10-26 09:00:00

"There is a likely chance of tsunami waves reaching the shores of Israel," says Dr. Beverly Goodman of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa following an encompassing geo-archaeological study at the port of Caesarea. "Tsunami events in the Mediterranean do occur less frequently than in the Pacific Ocean, but our findings reveal a moderate rate of recurrence," she says. Dr. Goodman, an expert geo-archaeologist, exposed geological evidence of this by chance....

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2009-10-09 14:45:00

A new study by researchers at the University of Southampton has found that sea levels have been rising across the south coast of England over the past century, substantially increasing the risk of flooding during storms. The team has conducted a major data collection exercise, bringing together computer and paper-based records from across the south of England, from the Scilly Isles to Sheerness, to form a single data set of south coast sea levels across the years. Their work has added...

2009-09-22 12:56:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As rising flood waters cover the Southeast, hundreds have looked to the American Red Cross for shelter as officials estimate the number of people needing help could rise dramatically. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO ) Overnight more than 220 people took refuge in Red Cross shelters in Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. Georgia has been hit the hardest, particularly around the city of Atlanta...

2009-09-14 10:47:00

Superior Construction and Elevation Are Key to Home and Business Survival TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Government minimum flood elevation requirements for properties vulnerable to storm surge throughout the Gulf Coast region are woefully inadequate, according to a new study of property damage caused by Hurricane Ike, which struck the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston, Texas one year ago yesterday, Sept. 13, 2008. The study, HURRICANE IKE: Nature's Force vs. Structural...

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2009-09-04 11:09:34

Research on the geophysical aspects of flooding could be key to developing new, real-time flood warning and forecasting systems In the early 17th century, William Shakespeare wrote, "Great floods have flown from simple sources." It turns out Shakespeare's conclusion holds up: Scientists are now showing that small streams may hold the secret to great floods. In June 2008, no one fully expected flood waters to reach the 500-year-flood level in Iowa. The deluge overwhelmed streams and breeched...


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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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