Tag: Floods

As China Boomed, It Didn’t Take Climate Change Into Account. Now It Must.

China’s breakneck growth over the last four decades erected soaring cities where there had been hamlets and farmland. The cities lured factories, and the factories lured workers. The boom lifted hundreds of millions of people out of the poverty and rural hardship they once faced. Now those cities face the daunting new challenge of adapting […]

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Germany Floods: Merkel Visits Region as Toll Continues to Mount

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday met with survivors and thanked volunteers as she made her way through a village wrecked by the extraordinary floods that have killed at least 183 people in Germany and Belgium, calling the level of destruction “surreal and eerie.” As rescue teams continued searching for victims amid the wreckage […]

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What We Know About the Climate Connection to the European Floods

The images from Germany are startling and horrifying: houses, shops and streets in the picturesque cities and villages along the Ahr and other rivers violently washed away by fast-moving floodwaters. The flooding was caused by a storm that slowed to a crawl over parts of Europe on Wednesday, dumping as much as six inches of […]

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‘No One is Safe’: How The Heatwave Has Battered the Wealthy World

And even though it will take extensive scientific analysis to link climate change to last week’s cataclysmic floods in Europe, a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture and is already causing heavier rainfall in many storms around the world. There is little doubt that extreme weather events will continue to be more frequent and more intense […]

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How the Moon ‘Wobble’ Affects Rising Tides and Flooding

The moon also revolves around the Earth about once a month, and that orbit is a little bit tilted. To be more precise, the moon’s orbital plane around the Earth is at an approximate five-degree incline to the Earth’s orbital plane around the sun. (Here are a couple videos to illustrate this.) Because of that, […]

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Hundreds Missing and at Least 69 Dead as Raging Floods Strike Western Europe

BERLIN — Following a day of frantic rescue efforts and orders to evacuate towns rapidly filling with water unloosed by violent storms, the German authorities said late Thursday that after confirming dozens of deaths, they were unable to account for at least 1,300 people. That staggering figure was announced after swift-moving water from swollen rivers […]

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Why the New York Subway Has a Water Problem

Sarah Feinberg, the interim subway chief, said subway service continued uninterrupted in most of the system despite the challenges from the flash flooding. Even in stations where one entrance was submerged in water, other entrances were available and trains continued to run. “Throughout the storm, we continued to run service,” she said in an interview […]

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Heavy Rains Pound New York City, Flooding Subway Stations and Roads

Fierce thunderstorms hit New York City and its suburbs on Thursday, prompting the police to rescue more than a dozen people from one flooded stretch of highway and forcing would-be subway riders to navigate waist-deep waters on their way into one Upper Manhattan station. The heavy showers, accompanied by repeated bursts of booming thunder and […]

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Climate Change Is Behind Heat Dome

These changes matter because extreme heat is the deadliest form of extreme weather in the United States, causing more deaths on average than hurricanes and floods combined over the past 30 years. Recent research projects that heat stress will triple in the Pacific Northwest by 2100 unless aggressive action is taken to reduce heat-trapping greenhouse […]

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Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard

In Chefornak, a Yu’pik village near the western coast of Alaska, the water is getting closer. The thick ground, once frozen solid, is thawing. The village preschool, its blue paint peeling, sits precariously on wooden stilts in spongy marsh between a river and a creek. Storms are growing stronger. At high tide these days, water […]

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Detroit Flooding: 50 Drivers Rescued and 350 Vehicles Damaged

Up to seven inches of rain fell early on Saturday in parts of Detroit and Wayne County, Mich., stranding hundreds of vehicles on flooded freeways and prompting the rescue of about 50 drivers, officials said. “This isn’t normal here,” said Lt. Michael Shaw, a spokesman for the Michigan State Police. “Every freeway in the county […]

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Tropical Storm Claudette Forms in the Gulf of Mexico

The third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, threatening to bring heavy rainfall to the region. Tropical Storm Claudette was about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans early Saturday morning, with maximum sustained winds of nearly 45 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. […]

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A Million Years of Data Confirms: Monsoons Are Likely to Get Worse

Global warming is likely to make India’s monsoon season wetter and more dangerous, new research suggests. Scientists have known for years that climate change is disrupting monsoon season. Past research based on computer models has suggested that the global heating caused by greenhouse gases, and the increased moisture in the warmed atmosphere, will result in […]

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Severe Flooding Prompts Extensive Relief Effort in Guyana

Widespread flooding has inundated Guyana, swamping roads, homes and farmland throughout the small South American country. More than 6,900 households across the country have been severely affected by the flooding in the past several weeks, according to government estimates. One video taken from a boat shows water stretching for what appears to be miles along […]

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Severe Flooding in Guyana Prompts Extensive Relief Effort

Widespread flooding has inundated Guyana, swamping roads, homes and farmland throughout the small South American country. More than 6,900 households across the country have been severely affected by the flooding in the past several weeks, according to government estimates. One video taken from a boat shows water stretching for what appears to be miles along […]

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A 20-Foot Sea Wall? Miami Faces the Hard Choices of Climate Change.

MIAMI — Three years ago, not long after Hurricane Irma left parts of Miami underwater, the federal government embarked on a study to find a way to protect the vulnerable South Florida coast from deadly and destructive storm surge. Already, no one likes the answer. Build a wall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed […]

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Even Amid a Pandemic, More Than 40 Million People Fled Their Homes

Storms, floods, wildfires — and to a lesser degree, conflict — uprooted 40.5 million people around the world in 2020. It was the largest number in more than a decade, according to figures published Thursday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, a nonprofit group based in Geneva that tracks displacement data annually. It was all […]

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