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2014-02-18 08:56:55

Instead of winging it, planners need to think carefully about costs and benefits The dramatic images of natural disasters in recent years, including hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the Tohoku, Japan, earthquake and tsunami, show that nature, not the people preparing for hazards, often wins the high-stakes game of chance. "We're playing a high-stakes game against nature without thinking about what we're doing," geophysicist Seth Stein of Northwestern University said. "We're mostly...

Climate Change Could Cause Trillions In Damage To World's Coastal Regions
2014-02-05 10:28:40

University of Southampton New research predicts that coastal regions may face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding over the course of the 21st century. According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, global average storm surge damages could increase from about $10-$40 billion per year today to up to $100,000 billion per year by the end of century, if no adaptation action is taken. The study, led by the Berlin-based think-tank...

2014-01-18 23:03:14

Flood damage is a two pronged threat, and one that must be addressed promptly and efficiently in order to prevent further problems. Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) January 18, 2014 Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of flood and water restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on what to look for when hiring a food damage restoration professional. Flooding brings large scale damage to communities, and must be addressed properly in order to prevent long term...

Projected Sea-Level Rise Could Land Coastal Los Angeles Underwater
2014-01-08 06:30:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Sea-level changes projected to occur around Los Angeles could increase the flood risk for the coastal city’s roads, wastewater systems and low-altitude communities, University of Southern California (USC) researchers claim in a new report. Current forecasts predict that Los Angeles, the most populous city in the state of California, could experience a sea-level increase of up to two feet by the year 2050, the study authors said...

2013-12-31 23:23:20

Calgary and area floods, along with tropical storm Haiyan and SuperStorm Standy are tragedies rooted in geography and the human desire to settle on low-lying land near waterfronts – and are not caused by climate change or global warming, says Friends of Science. Historical evidence shows that Tacloban in the Philippines was nearly destroyed by a typhoon in November 1912 when half the population of 30,000 was killed; yet the area remained populated and was devastated again in November...

2013-12-18 23:28:36

Severe weather events can strike anywhere and at any time. A water restoration provider encourages local governments to prepare their communities for the worst. Cleveland OH (PRWEB) December 18, 2013 Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and flood restoration in the United States, is offering tips to local governments on proper severe weather preparations for their respective communities. In the wake of Super Storm Sandy in 2012, the risk posed by severe...

New Evidence Sponge Effect Tropical Forests
2013-12-18 15:31:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research on tropical forests is adding more evidence to a controversial phenomenon known as the 'sponge effect.' Teachers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama found tropical forests soak up water during storms and release stored water during droughts, which is known as the sponge effect. This phenomenon is at the center of a debate about how to minimize flood damage and maximize water availability in the...

2013-12-06 04:20:03

Tokyo, Dec 6, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - Waseda University announces the formation of an international base for research on compound disasters due to tsunamis, earthquakes, storm surges and volcanic eruptions. The team will include researchers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Tanzania, Bhutan, Chile, and Vietnam.One of of the objectives of the team will be the installation of a basin for tsunami experimental apparatus. The project "Formation of a Disaster Research...

2013-12-02 21:31:29

First comprehensive survey shows 60 percent rise over last 30 years of floods, droughts and storms Europe needs to plan for future probabilities of extreme weather. Heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers, so there is a need for action at both national and EU levels. The IPCC has advised that the frequency of many types of extreme weather events will continue to grow globally in coming years. Now the national science academies of EU Member States bring into focus...


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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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