‘Sunny day flooding’ worsens at NC beaches — a sign sea rise is decades too soon

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Living in cities threatened by sea-level rise could be like living near an active volcano, according to NOAA oceanographer William Sweet. Some parts of the Earth are seeing sea levels rise far beyond average, and it’s just a waiting game before some areas are inundated with sea water, studies show.

The East Coast of the U.S. is experiencing "sunny day flooding" that scientists didn’t expect for decades yet. Sea levels

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Ventura County study: wild birds protect flood structures better than poison

photo: hawk (shown)s, eagles, raptors - Ventura County study finds wild birds protect flood structures better than poisons

A new study, which was conducted at two site along a levee at the Revolon Slough, shows that predator birds are an efficient weapon for protecting flood levees. Yazmin Cruz (Photo: Contributed photo)

Armed with a study showing that predatory birds protect flood control structures, managers plan to substantially reduce their use of poisonous bait to guard levees and dams.

Anticoagulant rodenticides have long been viewed as a way to … [more…]

UN promotes nature-based solutions to growing water shortages

UN promotes nature-based solutions to tackle growing water shortages

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The UN’s annual World Water Development Report 2018 has highlighted the need to use nature to combat the challenges of a growing population and climate change. In its detailed analysis, the report demonstrates that demand for water is increasing in developing countries, while simultaneously access is being put at risk by human development and climate change.

Deforestation, intense farming methods and urbanisation are putting these resources … [more…]

These striking photos show the extent of Midwest flooding

These striking photos show the extent of the Midwest flooding

Photo: The Joe’s Crab Shack in Louisville, Kentucky, sits surrounded by water along the Ohio River.

(CNN) Heavy rains across much of the central United States have caused intense flooding and left at least three people dead. These striking photos from the Midwest show the extent of the floodwaters, which have consumed cars and buildings in cities along the Ohio River.

Flooding along the Ohio River in Ripley, Ohio:

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Louisiana, Sinking Fast, Prepares to Empty Its Coastal Plain

Louisiana, Sinking Fast, Prepares to Empty Out Its Coastal Plain
  • State weighs buyouts, prohibiting new development, tax hikes
  • Policy could become template for climate adaptation nationwide

Louisiana is finalizing a plan to move thousands of people from areas threatened by the rising Gulf of Mexico, effectively declaring uninhabitable a coastal area larger than Delaware. A draft of the plan, the most aggressive response to climate-linked flooding in the U.S., calls for prohibitions on building new homes in high-risk areas, buyouts

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