Global flood news: Climate change and flooding pose great challenges

November 28, 20130 Comments

Climate change and flooding

The issue of climate change and flooding rises up in several news stories this week, including an analysis piece by Eco-Business.com which argues for greater commitment to green issues.

International News

Climate change and flooding pose great challenges for the future

Amy Leung, writing for Eco-business.com, argues there is an urgent need for stepped up climate adaptation responses following on from a spate of extreme weather events and flooding linked to urbanization and changing land use patterns.

Read the article in full here.

North American News

Canada pilots MRAT -municipal risk assessment tool

In a pilot scheme announced by the Insurance Bureau of Canada, three of the countries cities will be utilizing new web-based software which helps to predict whether the sewer and stormwater system in a neighbourhood may be overcome by extreme weather conditions.

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South American News

Floods in Bolivia

The Telegraph reports that two soldier’s have been killed by floods in Bolivia.

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African News

Climate change is a threat to business in Kenya

Constant Munda, writing for AllAfrica.com, reports that tourism in Kenya is likely to be affected by rising sea levels and damage to infrastructure caused by flash floods, in another piece reminiscent of this week’s lead story.

Asian News

Anger in Vietnam over “rampant construction of hydroelectric dams”

Following the news last week of 80,000 people displaced by the flooding in Vietnam, news has emerged of a growing anger within the country regarding the construction of hydroelectric dams. According to Thanh Nien News, the flooding last week was “was compounded by the discharge of water from 15 dams in the two regions.”

Read the article in full here.

Australian News

Queenslanders launch legal action following 2011 floods

5,000 people in Queensland Australia have signed up to a class action, seeking $1 billion in total for damage caused by the 2011 floods.

Read the article in full here.

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