Working with Nature to reduce climate risk in Europe

Working with Nature to reduce climate risk in Europe
New WWF report outlines how investing in Nature-based Solutions can build resilience in the face of increasing water risks across the continentClimate change is the greatest threat to the future of our societies and economies. All the science points to worsening risks from extreme floods, droughts, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. But the climate crisis is not just a future threat. Climate change is already affecting water resources and ex...
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After a year of devastating floods across Asia, this is how some of the world's biggest countries are staying afloat

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Tokyo, Jakarta and Shanghai are among the cities that may need to relocate people and development away from risks, researchers say.11 of the 15 cities most at risk from sea level rise are in Asia, with Dubai, Alexandria and New York also featuring. Major Asian cities, including Tokyo, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai, are most at risk from rising sea levels, researchers warned on Thursday, urging authorities to invest more in flood defences...
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India is using hundreds of drones to map the country in incredible detail

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How do you map one of the largest countries in the world? One drone at a time, perhaps. That's exactly what the Indian government is doing, with the Survey of India (SoI) using a fleet of drones to map the country in incredible detail. One of the first areas being surveyed is the Ganges river basin, which is being mapped with an accuracy of 10 cm, according to Professor Ashutosh Sharma of India's Department of Science & Technology. "The basis...
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China’s ‘sponge cities’ aim to re-use 70% of rainwater – here’s how

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Asian cities are struggling to accommodate rapid urban migration, and development is encroaching on flood-prone areas. Recent flooding in Mumbai was blamed in part on unregulated developmentof wetlands, while hastily built urban areas are being affected by flooding across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. This is not a trend only in developing countries; floods in Houston, USA, highlighted the risks of development in environmentally sensitive and low...
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Understanding the root causes of natural disasters

Sichuan Province Earthquake 2008
Every year disasters take lives, cause significant damage, inhibit development and contribute to conflict and forced migration. Unfortunately, the trend is an upward one. In May 2017, policy-makers and disaster management experts from over 180 countries gathered in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss ways to counter this trend. In the middle of the Cancun summit, news arrived that large parts of Sri Lanka were devastated by floods and landslides, killing ...
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