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Hurricane Sandy’s name was changed to Superstorm Sandy because the temperatures dropped. However, the winds are just as fast and the floods and storm surges are expected to continue through Tuesday evening.
The Week in Water brings you the latest news in blue living from around the web.
Living with Water is a five weekend series focusing on flooding along the Red River in North Dakota.
While much of the United States continues with extreme droughts, huge swaths of Asia are struggling with record rains. The Thailand floods in September and October of 2011 are some of the worst the country has seen in living memory, resulting in more than $3 billion in damage. The rainfall in Thailand has been about […]
In a case that is possibly precedent-setting, the US Government has just lost a landmark disaster-negligence lawsuit. The Army Corps of Engineers was sued for negligence in Hurricane Katrina flood protection in New Orleans… and lost.
Global warming continues to make the flood situation in coastal cities particularly precarious. As sea levels rise, the need for urban adaptation is becoming more and more urgent. This is especially apparent in cities like Mumbai which gets flooded during its monsoon season, each year.
China’s infamous Three Gorges Dam is the largest hyrdoelectric project in the world and potentially the biggest environmental tragedy.Â It has been criticized by environmentalists and human rights advocates since its inception in 1992.Â The Three Gorges Dam was completed in 2006 on the Yangtze River, and NASA has released images of the flooding reservoir […]
For this year’s Aspen Design Challenge — which had the theme Designing Water’s Future — Umea Institute of Design student Ceren Bagatar proposed the following concept: a Rescue Bottle.
The Himalaya region of the world is undergoing rapid change from global warming.Â For example, glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau are melting at a â€œworrisome speed,â€ according to Xinhua news agency.Â Â Over the past 40 years, Tibetan glaciers have receded 196 square KM, or 1/4 the size of New York City.Â Despite such loss of […]
Residents of New Orleans are suing the US Army Corps of Engineers for failure to properly build and maintain the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. Hurricane Katrina victims claim the waterway caused environmental damage that caused water to breach the levees. Residents are asking for damages caused by the resulting flooding.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from Fargo, North Dakota as the surging Red River threatens to unleash the biggest floods the state has ever seen.