Floods
Why Venice is actually a textbook case for flood prevention  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
When the worst floods since 1966 submerged the city of Venice in November 2019, the blame was laid on its incomplete mobile flood gates. They have been under... more
Sea level rise to cause major economic impact in the absence of further climate action  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Rising sea levels, a direct impact of the Earth's warming climate, is intensifying coastal flooding. The findings of... more
More rain and less snow means increased flood risk  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
By analyzing more than two decades of data in the western US, scientists have shown that flood sizes increase exponentially as a higher fraction of precipitation falls as rain, offering... more
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows. The study mapped over... more
Brazil region swept by floods and record rains faces muddy desolation  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Elaine Almeida looked at her aunt's ruined house in Sabara, a town in a southeastern region of Brazil where at least 45 people have died in... more
Atmospheric river storms and climate change are driving increased and costly flooding  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Ask people to name the world's largest river, and most will probably guess that it's the Amazon, the Nile or the Mississippi. In fact,... more
New clues of the Zanclean megaflood found in the Alboran Sea  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New research has identified a body of sediments that may have been deposited by a giant flood ending the Messinian Salinity Crisis. These sediments were transported... more
More rain, less snow increases flooding  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As the world warms and precipitation that would have generated snowpack instead creates rain, the western U.S. could see larger floods, according to new Stanford research. more
Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said... more
New species of Allosaurus discovered in Utah  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A remarkable new species of meat-eating dinosaur has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Paleontologists unearthed the first specimen in early 1990s in Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah. The huge... more
Climate crisis: We are the system that needs to change  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Climate change no longer seems just a future threat. In 2019, major fires in Australia, Russia and California burned over 13.5 million hectares of land—an area four times... more
Sea level rise could reshape the United States, trigger migration inland  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
New study is the first to use machine learning to project migration patterns resulting from sea-level rise. Researchers found the impact of rising oceans will ripple... more
Novel software tool extracts important chemical exposure data  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Southwest Research Institute is introducing Floodlight, a novel software tool that efficiently discovers the vast numbers of chemical components—previously known and unknown—present in the food, air, drugs and products we are exposed... more
Self-destructing dark matter may be flooding the sky with gamma-rays, study suggests  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
There's a faint gamma-ray background in the universe, and scientists now think it could be caused by dark matter. more
Study finds flooding damage to levees is cumulative—and often invisible  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Recent research finds that repeated flooding events have a cumulative effect on the structural integrity of earthen levees, suggesting that the increase in extreme weather events associated with... more
Flooding damage to levees is cumulative -- and often invisible  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Recent research finds that repeated flooding events have a cumulative effect on the structural integrity of earthen levees, suggesting that the increase in extreme weather events associated with... more
The politics and cost of adapting to climate change in New York City  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
This past week the New York Times reported on a set of studies now underway by the U.S. Corps of Engineers of... more
Wisdom of the crowd? Building better forecasts from suboptimal predictors  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have shown how to combine the forecasts of a collection of suboptimal 'delay embedding' predictors for time series data. This work may help improve the forecasting of... more
Wisdom of the crowd? Building better forecasts from suboptimal predictors  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. have introduced a method for enhancing the power of existing algorithms to forecast the future of unknown... more
Flooding, landslides kill six in Brazil  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rains have claimed six lives in southeast Brazil, firefighters said Saturday. more
Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Rain and thunderstorms doused long-burning bushfires across much of eastern Australia Saturday, but they also brought a new threat of flooding in some areas. more
Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A week ago, koalas at an Australian wildlife park were in the path of raging bushfires. On Friday, they were soaking wet and being carried to safety from flash floods. more
Fiji cyclone leaves two missing, 119 in emergency shelter  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A father and daughter were swept away in a swollen stream as Tropical Cyclone Tino caused widespread flooding in Fiji, forcing more than 100 people to take refuge in evacuation... more
On impact and volcanism across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
The cause of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction is vigorously debated, owing to the occurrence of a very large bolide impact and flood basalt volcanism near the boundary. Disentangling their relative importance is... more
Image: Flooding in southern Iran  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in southern Iran, particularly in the Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces. The downpour has led to blocked roads and destroyed bridges, crops and houses—displacing thousands of people. more
The burden of climate risk falls on the poor  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Storm, flood, drought: With global warming, extreme events become more frequent and intense. They especially impact the poorest of the poor. Geographer Matthias Garschagen examines how urban societies can adapt... more
Flooding in southern Iran  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in southern Iran, particularly in the Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces. The downpour has led to blocked roads and destroyed... more
More than 110 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather has killed more than 110 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as authorities struggled to reach people... more
U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers  REUTERS · 2 weeks
A climate research organization will offer access to a risk model that predicts the probability of flooding for homes across the United States, giving... more
Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Salvage logging and re-seeding a forest after a wildfire helps reduce flooding and returns water levels to normal faster, according to a new paper from a Washington State... more
NASA satellite sees Blake's remnants bringing desert rain to Western Australia  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at the remnant clouds and storms associated with Ex-tropical Cyclone Blake as it continues to move through Western Australia and... more
Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Salvage logging and re-seeding a forest after a wildfire helps reduce flooding and returns water levels to normal faster, according to a new article. more
River people: Life along Asia's key waterways  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
From the flood-ravaged banks of the Brahmaputra to the disappearing wetlands of the Mekong, Asia's main waterways—and the people that live along them—are fighting for survival. more
'Everything is lost': Life on the edge of the Brahmaputra  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Once a vast river island in the heart of the Brahmaputra, now Majuli's days are numbered: Experts warn it may disappear entirely by 2040 as ever more violent... more
The Renewable rather than Roaring Twenties: A sustainability decade  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
With the Trump Administration trying to drive science out of environmental decision making and climate change out of environmental impact statements, it is easy to be pessimistic about our ability... more
The bushfires are horrendous—but expect cyclones, floods and heatwaves, too  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Public attention on the disastrous bushfire crisis in Australia will rightly continue for weeks to come. But as we direct resources to coping and recovery, we should not... more
Mudslides, blackouts hamper search after Indonesia floods  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
More than 60 people died and tens of thousands of evacuees live in shelters. more
Indonesia's flooded capital disinfected to fend off disease  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Soldiers and health workers have sprayed Indonesia's capital with disinfectant to fend off possible diseases spread by massive flooding that has killed 60 people and affected hundreds of thousands more
60 dead in landslides, flash floods in Indonesia's capital  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Landslides and floods triggered by torrential downpours have left at least 60 people dead in and around Indonesia's capital, as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under tons... more
Indonesian capital reels from floods that leave 47 dead  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Tens of thousands of Indonesians were crammed in emergency shelters Saturday waiting for floodwaters to recede in and around the capital, Jakarta, as the death toll from massive New Year's... more
Indonesia capital floods leave 43 dead, 397,000 displaced  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The death toll from floods in Indonesia's capital rose to 43 of Friday as rescuers found more bodies amid receding floodwaters, disaster officials said. more
Indonesia floods leave nearly 30 dead, several missing  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Indonesia's disaster agency warned Thursday of more deaths after torrential rains pounded the Jakarta region, triggering floods and landslides that killed at least 29 and left vast swaths of the megalopolis underwater. more
Nine dead after Indonesian capital hit by New Year flooding (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Nine people died after Indonesia's capital was hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities said Wednesday, as torrential rains on New Year's Eve left vast... more
Four dead after Indonesian capital hit by flooding  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Four people died as Indonesia's capital was hit by flooding, a disaster agency official said Wednesday, while local media reported landslides sparked by torrential rain on New Year's Eve had killed several... more
12 Times Science Proved the World Is Amazing in 2019  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
A river of heartwarming, amazing discoveries also flooded in this year, from tardigrades on the moon (lunar water bears?!) to jewel-like lakes under Greenland to a trippy wonderland... more
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