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Blame Climate Change for Extreme Winter Weather

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Scientists link winter storms to increased moisture in the air due to climate cahnge.

Heavy snowfall and intense storms in much of the U.S. this winter has climate change skeptics asking, "If global warming is real, then why is it so cold and wet?" We've got your answer. As the planet heats up, more water is evaporated into the atmosphere. And because the atmosphere is warmer, it is able to hold that water. When the atmosphere becomes saturated, intense storms ensue.According to......read more

Flood Balloon Could Plug Subway Tunnels

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Scientists are developing a "subway tampon" to halt underground flooding

For coastal communities, the new reality of a changing climate means dealing with the effects of rising seas and massive storms. Just ask New Yorkers. Fortunately, there are smart people around the world dreaming up ways to defend against storm surges and flooding. At West Virginia University, researchers are at work on a seemingly simple engineering concept aimed at halting floodwaters in......read more

Thinking Like the Dutch

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Urban development re-imagined on the Sandy-affected coast

To understand water management, there is no better country to learn from than Holland. The famously waterlogged nation has a system of dikes, dams and windmills that dates back to the Middle Ages, and it’s also where you’ll find the most innovative thinking about coast management today.  So when Shaun Donovan, Obama’s housing secretary, was selected to head up  the......read more

Manmade Land: Photos by Siebe Swart

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Aerial photographs of Dutch waterworks

As global temperatures continue their upward trajectory, rising seas are an imminent threat for low-lying countries like Holland. The famously waterlogged nation is at the vanguard of innovation in water management, employing groundbreaking tactics to protect human settlements and maintain coastal land. In Manmade Land, Dutch photographer Siebe Swart shows his country's struggles with rising......read more

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