Tag Archives: Flood protection

London Firm Releases Cities Alive Report

According to a new report — Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure — the natural environment should be a primary concern in urban development, and one that is considered from the earliest planning stages. Generated by London-based firm Arup and supported by the Landscape Institute and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the report addresses global issues, [...]

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VIMS Modeling Approach Predicts Street-Level Storm Tide

A team of researchers at the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), accurately hindcasted Hurricane Sandy’s landfall along the U.S. Atlantic coast using a large-scale, unstructured grid storm tide model, called Semi-implicit Eulerian Lagrangian Finite Element. The researchers used data collected before Hurricane Sandy and tested the results with observations [...]

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Government of Alberta Allocates CAD$1.1 Billion to Flood Recovery and Mitigation

On March 14, the Government of the Alberta announced a commitment of $1 billion (CAD$1.1 billion) over the next three years to flood-recovery.  Nearly $120 million (CAD$132 million) will be available for flood mitigation, floodway relocation, erosion control grants, and flood hazard studies and updating flood maps. The amount also includes $8.9 million (CAD$9.7 million) [...]

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GAO Releases Report on Flood Insurance Reform

On Feb. 12, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on extreme weather events and how the Federal government can limit its financial risk, especially in light of climate change. According to the report, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), creates significant “fiscal exposure.” In 2012, [...]

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President’s Budget Calls for $1 Billion for Climate Resilience

President Barack Obama announced his 2015 budget on March 4, calling for a $1 billion climate resilience fund. The fund would support adaptation efforts as well as research and technology that improves community preparedness for extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding. According to the White House, the $1 billion price tag is small [...]

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Insured Losses in 2013 Highest in Canadian History

Canada’s insured loss totaled $3.2 billion (US$2.88 billion) in 2013, the highest in the country’s history, reports the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). The losses of 2013 came after four consecutive years of natural disaster losses for the insurance industry that hit the $1 billion (US$900 million) mark. The largest insured disaster – and Canada’s [...]

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Con Edison Improves Storm Resiliency of Energy Systems

Con Edison, the energy utility for metropolitan New York, is taking measures to make its systems more storm resistant under a rate-setting agreement with New York officials. The company will invest $1 billion over the next four years in storm and climate change protection measures while maintaining its commitment to greener communities. Con Edison is [...]

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House and Senate to Reconcile Water Resources Bill

On Oct. 23, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, with a 417 to 3 vote. H.R. 3080 is now in conference to resolve the differences between it and Senate bill S. 601, passed in May. If the final bill is approved by the president, this [...]

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Department of the Interior Announces $100 Million in Coastal Resiliency Grants

On Oct. 29, the 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a $100 million Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will fund the research and restoration of natural areas along the Atlantic Coast for improved storm resiliency. The grant program will be administered through the National Fish [...]

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Study Assesses Flood Risks in Cities Worldwide

Damages caused by flooding could cost cities an annual $1 trillion worldwide if mitigation efforts are not taken, according to the article, “Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities,” in Nature: Climate Change. New Orleans, Boston, New York City, and two Florida cities (Miami and Tampa-St. Petersburg) were among the 20 cities most at risk [...]

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