Floods

Rising seas will displace millions of people – and Australia must be ready

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Sea-level rise is already threatening some communities around the world, particularly small island states, as it exacerbates disasters resulting from storm surges and flooding. Authors: The Conversation If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, by 2100 the world could see sea-level rise of a metre – or even more if there is a larger contribution from the Antarctic ice sheet, as some recent findings suggest. Even without a larger Antarctic response, the rate of rise at the end of the 21st ... Read More »

U.N. pact offers hope to world’s climate migrants

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The United Nations agreed to draw up a migration pact to cope with the millions of migrants moving from country to country. Now campaigners want nations to follow up with concrete… Lin Taylor Thomson Reuters Foundation LONDON, July 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Be it by flood, drought or hurricane, communities at risk of climate displacement have won vital protection after their plight was for the first time recognised in a… The United Nations agreed last Friday to draw up ... Read More »

3 reasons why the US is vulnerable to big disasters

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During the 2017 disaster season, three severe hurricanes devastated large parts of the U.S. Morten Wendelbo The Conversation The quick succession of major disasters made it obvious that such large-scale emergencies can be a strain, even in one of the world’s richest countries. As a complex emergency researcher, I investigate why some countries can better withstand and respond to disasters. The factors are many and diverse, but three major ones stand out because they are within the grasp of the ... Read More »

Climate change an ‘existential security risk’ to Australia, Senate inquiry says

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Threat is not a possible future one but one endangering Australia now, parliament told Ben Doherty The Guardian Climate change is a “current and existential national security risk” to Australia, a Senate inquiry has told parliament, one that could inflame regional conflicts over food, water and land, and even imperil life on Earth. The Senate committee inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security recommended an increase in foreign aid to be dedicated to climate change mitigation and… The inquiry, ... Read More »

Paris readies for floods as Seine surges higher

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Riverside homes and businesses in Paris are on high alert as the swollen River Seine threatens to overflow its banks Some basements in the city have already sprung leaks after the river surged following heavy rainfall, reports said. BBC The Seine is forecast to swell even further this weekend, adding several metres of water above its normal level. Many roads in the region are already waterlogged. Boat traffic – including the capital’s famous tourist cruises – has also been interrupted. ... Read More »

Global warming will expose millions more to floods

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Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers have said. MIAMI – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years. Unless actions are taken – such as enhancing dykes, boosting building standards, relocating settlements and ... Read More »

With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

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Californians are in shock that after five years of too little water, the problem now is too much. npr All eyes in California have been on Oroville Dam, where a broken spillway forced major evacuations. But the damage… With Climate Change… Read More »

On 6 degrees of climate change

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(CNN) – Climate change is all about degrees. John D. Sutter CNN Six degrees Celsius of warming may not sound like much — probably because “temperatures can swing by 6 degrees within an hour if a warm front passes, and it doesn’t mean the end of the world,” said Mark Lynas, author of a book… On 6 degrees… Read More »

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

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Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired… Climate change: 90%… Read More »