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Katrina 10 Years On: The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Provides a Way Forward

August 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Federal Flood Standards

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was the costliest, as well as, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. When the levee system safeguarding New Orleans catastrophically failed, our nation watched in horror as the flood waters spread.[read more]

U.S. Coastal Cities Face Increased Risk of Flooding

August 25, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Coastal Flooding Risk

In the US, the economic, environmental and social impacts of flooding are severe. Flooding presents a serious risk to our physical infrastructure, which are essential to the well-being of the nation. Unfortunately, US coastal cities are facing an increased risk of severe flooding due to compound flooding.[read more]

New Federal Flood Protection Standards Will Prepare Nation for Climate Change

May 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Preparing for Climate Change

Three months ago the President signed an executive order that updated flood protection standards that federal agencies use when deciding where to build, how to build, and what projects should receive federal funding. The executive order established an improved margin of safety.[read more]

Three Reasons Why New Flood Protection Standards Are a Good Idea

May 7, 2015 by Peter Lehner

Federal Flood Policies

President Obama recently updated federal flood protection standards. These are the criteria government agencies use when building their own facilities, as well as when they decide whether to finance large public projects, such as train or bus terminals, electric transfer stations, or wastewater treatment plants.[read more]

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]

Legislation Introduced to Address the Rising Impacts of Urban Flooding

October 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Flooding Legislation

Urban flooding is a serious and growing problem. “Around 20-25 percent of all economic losses resulting from flooding occur in areas not designated as being in a “floodplain,” but as a consequence of urban drainage,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.[read more]

Sustainable Energy Means Business in the Port of Amsterdam

September 18, 2014 by Clare Taylor
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Port of Amsterdam Sustainability

The realities of climate change and resource depletion are an immediate concern for the Netherlands. The country is at high risk from floods resulting from global warming, and natural gas resources are expected to expire in approximately ten years.[read more]

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

April 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Flooding and Climate Change

 

We can help ourselves to be better prepared for a changing climate, by incorporating the insights science offers us about what kinds of changes to expect – for example, so coastal cities can plan and take better steps to prepare for changing risks from storm flooding.[read more]

Closing Clean Water Act Loophole Will Restore Drinking Water and Flood Protections for Millions

March 27, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Clean Water Act Loophole

Like millions of Americans, I love the water. I love to swim, boat and fish, as do many of my family and friends. We all recall swimming in dirty water; it wasn’t all that uncommon a few decades ago. I even recall being told I would need a hepatitis shot if I fell into the nearby river.[read more]

Ten-City Project Boosts Demand for Architects to Meet New Challenges with Old Buildings

February 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Hurricane Sandy brought home what scientists had been saying for years: Cities need to get ready for the destructive effects of climate change. A year and a half later, resilience and adaptation are high on government agendas, but the root problem — carbon emissions — is as stubborn as ever.[read more]

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Flood Risks: Urgent Action Needed - But What? Join Our Webinar

February 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Floods cost billions: what can be done?

Floods devastating parts of Europe and Americas east coast have brought to the front of our minds the need to protect human habitation from the increasing number and severity of such events. But what are the best strategies for doing so? Sustainable Cities Collective explores the options...[read more]