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Droughts in Syria and California linked to climate change - environment - 02 March 2015 - New Scientist

Droughts in Syria and California linked to climate change - environment - 02 March 2015 - New Scientist | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
Syria and California have both recently suffered their worst-ever droughts, exacerbated by global warming. Syria's may have helped trigger its bloody civil war, but not California's, which instead brought vermin invasions and wildfire. The difference points to the resilience that will be needed in a warming world.
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Mysterious East Coast flooding was caused by ‘unprecedented’ surge in sea level

Mysterious East Coast flooding was caused by ‘unprecedented’ surge in sea level | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
Several years ago, in 2009 and 2010, a string of unexplained floods and unusually high tides struck the East Coast. There was no easy explanation. No hurricane. No winter storm.
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India's 'smart cities' would be stupid without disaster strategy

After Cyclone Hudhud pounded India's southern port city of Visakhapatnam last October, snapping bridges, swamping farmland and wrecking fishing boats, many breathed a sigh of relief.
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Beyond the Thames Barrier: how safe is London from another major flood?

Beyond the Thames Barrier: how safe is London from another major flood? | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
London’s ‘at risk’ list includes the Houses of Parliament, Canary Wharf, 86 railway and Tube stations, 16 hospitals and over half a million homes. And the iconic silver pods of the Thames Barrier can’t keep rising tides at bay forever
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Vancouver versus the rising sea: how the city is adapting to climate change

Vancouver versus the rising sea: how the city is adapting to climate change | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
The densely populated Canadian city is tenth most at risk of flooding in the world. Here’s what the authorities are doing about it
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US faces worst droughts in 1,000 years, predict scientists

US faces worst droughts in 1,000 years, predict scientists | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
Climate change is likely to cause decade-long mega-droughts across US south-west and Great Plains, new study shows
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Climate change hitting Africa, storms, drought the New Normal

Climate change hitting Africa, storms, drought the New Normal | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
With each new decade the continent is witnessing more droughts, heatwaves and deadly floods like those that overwhelmed Malawi and Mozambique in January, according to experts at the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology.
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Experts: Climate Change May Make Northeast Winter Storms Worse

Experts: Climate Change May Make Northeast Winter Storms Worse | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
As another storm is ready to pummel the Northeast, climate change experts offer an explanation of why record-breaking amounts of precipitation may become a norm for the region.
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White House: Climate change threatens national security

“Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water,” the White House says in the 35-page strategy document.
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Flood Re insurance scheme 'needlessly expensive'

Flood Re insurance scheme 'needlessly expensive' | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
Scheme to provide affordable home insurance for UK properties at risk of flooding will cost three times more than the benefits it brings, warn government advisers
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Climate change to blame for Australia's record hottest year, says report

Climate change to blame for Australia's record hottest year, says report | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
The records broken by 2013 would not have tumbled without the effects of climate change, a report from the Climate Council says
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Extreme weather events second on 2015 global risk list: World Economic Forum | Artemis.bm

Extreme weather events are regarded as the second most prevalent threat to global stability in terms of likelihood, following interstate conflict with regional consequences, according to analysis by the World Economic Forum.
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Malawi floods expose need to step up disaster prevention - TRFN | News by Country | Reuters

Malawi's government is considering how it can better prevent climate-linked disasters, after massive flooding took authorities by surprise this month.

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Storm-weary New York City needs to adapt faster to climate change

Storm-weary New York City needs to adapt faster to climate change | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
After batterings from Irene and Sandy, New Yorkers can’t afford to wait much longer for flood protection on – and under – their streets
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WA will need twice as many firefighters in 2030 to cope with climate change – report

WA will need twice as many firefighters in 2030 to cope with climate change – report | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
South-western Western Australia on track to have twice as many days of severe fire danger per year by 2090 ‘if global carbon emissions are not reduced’, warns Climate Council report
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Floods, storms and heat projected to cost SE Asia $34 billion per year

Falling crop yields, damage to infrastructure and heat-related illnesses brought on by climate change could cost the four Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong River basin $34 billion per year, researchers say.
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Report: Climate change to devastate New York City with floods and heat waves

Report: Climate change to devastate New York City with floods and heat waves | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
Climate change could unleash heat waves and floods that would smash New York City’s five boroughs by the end of the century if world leaders don’t get a handle on the situation, warns an alarming new study.
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6 innovations to cope with the threat of a megadrought

6 innovations to cope with the threat of a megadrought | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
The only way to prepare is by embracing radical water technology from around the world.
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‘By 2050, 20% jump possible in risk of hunger due to climate change’

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says climate change is making disasters, such as floods and droughts, more frequent and intense, land and water more scarce and difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve.
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How razing the rainforest has created a devastating drought in Brazil - Telegraph

How razing the rainforest has created a devastating drought in Brazil - Telegraph | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
Twenty million people in Sao Paolo now face severe rationing due to the disruption of the far-away Amazon's rain-making machine
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Progress on global disaster plan lags over aid row

Governments heading to Japan next month to adopt a new global plan to reduce the risk of disasters will have to resolve a row over aid to help poor countries become more resilient to extreme weather, earthquakes and other hazards.
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Defra faces £600m deficiency in flood defence budget

Defra faces £600m deficiency in flood defence budget | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
Defra is struggling to fill a £600m black hole in its flood defence spending that was expected to be filled by businesses and local authorities. - edie news centre
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World has not woken up to water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC head

World has not woken up to water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC head | Natural disasters | Scoop.it
Countries such as India are likely to be hit hard by global warming, which will bring more freak weather such as droughts that will lead to serious water shortages and affect agricultural output and food security.
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Global warming is causing more extreme storms | John Abraham

Global warming is causing more extreme storms | John Abraham | Natural disasters | Scoop.it

Scientists have known for decades (more than a century actually) that increases in greenhouse gases will cause the Earth to warm. What is less clear is how this warming will impact the weather we experience on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis. Recent research shows that we are already feeling the changes.

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Federal Construction Projects Must Plan for Flood Risks From Climate Change

President Obama issued an executive order requiring that all federally funded construction projects take into account the flood risks linked to global warming.
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