Tag Archives: Climate change

Flood Defenses and Planning Inadequate in Face of Climate Change, Says UK Report

In early July, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change released the third in a series of annual reports on adaptation. The report, “Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy,” shows where past investments in flood defenses alongside recent improvements in forecasting, early warning, and flood emergency planning helped limit the impacts of a tidal […]

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Danish Researchers Look at Stormwater Management in Africa

Urban flooding, drought, and water scarcity are major climate change hazards affecting African cities like Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam. A Danish research team from the University of Copenhagen is designing and testing the same concept used to manage stormwater in Copenhagen in these African cities. The basic idea is to delay and infiltrate […]

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Harmful Algal Blooms Receive National Attention

Great Lakes water quality issues received national media attention in early August as Toledo, Ohio issued warnings to nearly half a million people not to use drinking water for cooking, bathing, or consuming due to cyanobacteria toxins known as microcystins. The toxins had reached levels of about 1.0 part per billion, the World Health Organization’s […]

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Coastal Cities Face Flooding Hazards Due to Climate Change

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looking at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes finds that nuisance flooding is an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise. Nuisance flooding causes public inconveniences, such as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains, and compromised infrastructure. Most of the cities […]

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NRDC Reports Help Communities Tackle Climate Resilience and Clean Water Act Compliance

In July, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released two water-related reports. The first highlights State Revolving Funds as a climate resiliency opportunity. The issue paper “Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate-Resilient Communities” explains how Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) can better support and incorporate measures to make communities more […]

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Climate Change Already Is Affecting Coastal and Island Communities

According to a recent analysis by Reuters, coastal flooding along the eastern U.S. has increased dramatically over the past four decades with triple the number of days per year that tidal waters reached or exceeded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood thresholds. Water now reaches flood levels on average 20 days per year in many […]

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New Orleans Green Infrastructure Projects Receive Support

On July 17, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Groundwork New Orleans will receive $60,000 through the agency’s Urban Waters program. The funding will be used to conduct neighborhood workshops that introduce citizens to cost-effective, do-it-yourself practices for stormwater management in the New Orleans area. The project aims to improve water quality and […]

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Intact Financial and University of Waterloo Announce Climate Resiliency Initiative

On June 4, the Intact Financial Corporation and University of Waterloo announced a national initiative involving the implementation of 20 climate change adaptation projects. The projects were selected from 75 submissions made by conservation authorities and nongovernmental organizations from across the country. They will be carried out in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and […]

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President Obama Announces Climate Resiliency Actions, Green Infrastructure Collaborative

In November, President Obama established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise him on how the Federal government can best respond to the needs of communities nationwide. The task force, made up of 26 officials from across the country, held its fourth and final meeting on July […]

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EPA Releases Flood Planning and Resiliency Checklist and Report

On July 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a tool to help communities prepare for and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. The checklist is […]

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