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Five Canadian cities tearing up asphalt to help reduce flash-flooding risk

Five Canadian cities tearing up asphalt to help reduce flash-flooding risk

OTTAWA — They paved paradise, and put up a flood zone. A woman gets gets back in her car in flood water during a storm in Toronto on July 8, 2013. Photograph by: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn , Postmedia News Five cities across Canada will see some of their asphalt torn up and replaced with porous brick […]

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A risk management framework improves health systems’ resilience to high-impact weather

According to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program, a risk management framework can improve the resilience of healthcare facilities and services to high-impact weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The report is based on a recent AMS Policy Program workshop, A Prescription for the 21st Century: Improving Resilience to High-Impact […]

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Local Government Units urged to adopt science-based disaster prepared tools

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 28 (PIA)  – The Department of Science and Technology  (DOST) has appealed to local government units, disaster managers, and other stakeholders to adopt science and  technology –based  tools to boost their disaster  preparedness. “We at the DOST  believe that we could use science to better understand and improve our disaster  […]

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2014 Rising Seas Summit - Sept. 2014 in NYC!

2014 Rising Seas Summit – Sept. 2014 in NYC!

Register today — early bird registration now available! The inaugural Rising Seas Summit brought together more than 170 professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to […]

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Rising Waters Are Spawning a New Breed of Cyborg Architecture

Rising Waters Are Spawning a New Breed of Cyborg Architecture

Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, a masterpiece on the banks of the Fox River, has been hit by three different “100-year-floods” in the last 20 years. Now, preservationists are considering putting the home on permanent hydraulic jacks to lift it above floodwaters. The Farnsworth House would become a cyborg building—and it’s far from the […]

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Coquitlam extends setbacks in climate change preparation

Coquitlam extends setbacks in climate change preparation

Beedie’s Waterfront Village Centre  |  Beedie Living Coquitlam, one of the three Canadian cities involved in an insurance-industry backed pilot program to access threats of climate change, has ruled that new developments on the Fraser River must be set further and higher back from the water. The policy change will require the Waterfront Village Centre, […]

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Should we try to fight rising sea levels — or abandon the coasts?

Should we try to fight rising sea levels — or abandon the coasts?

Cape Cod, Truro, Massachusetts. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images The world’s sea levels are expected to rise 1 to 3 feet — or more — as the planet heats up in the coming century. The more greenhouse gases we emit, the bigger the rise, but we’ve already locked in at least some sea-level increase no matter what. So what should […]

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NATURAL DISASTERS: SAVING LIVES TODAY, BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR TOMORROW

NATURAL DISASTERS: SAVING LIVES TODAY, BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR TOMORROW

Every year, natural events, such as earthquakes, floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts cause huge humanitarian and economic damage around the world. Although we are now better able to identify and respond to such natural disasters, in many cases lack of knowledge and poor planning, resourcing and deployment of relief systems can create problems for both […]

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