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Resiliency is Preparedness — and It’s Best Made with Partners

Posted by Scott Tew, Guest Columnist

Aug 21, 2017 10:19:39 AM

Cities must prepare to accommodate urban population growth and its associated challenges, including food and water shortages, energy demands, and congested transportation and housing, along with climate-related challenges.

Cities across the globe are already experiencing a great deal of change – and stress – associated with the rise of urbanization. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, urban residents accounted for 54 percent of the total global population in 2015 and that number is expected to grow to 60 percent by 2030. As a result, cities must prepare to accommodate this urban population growth and address its associated challenges, including food and water shortages, energy demands, and congested transportation and housing. In addition to addressing the demands of urbanization growth, cities must also prepare for climate-related challenges.

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University of Florida Scientists Explain Rapid Sea Level Rise

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 15, 2017 11:12:28 AM

Investigation into a saltier Indian River Lagoon leads to discovery of a sea level rise hot spot on the U.S. East Coast.

A University of Florida civil and coastal engineering professor responding to the rise in the saltiness of the Indian River Lagoon, discovered a regional sea level rise hotspot that extends from south of Cape Hatteras to Miami.

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'When Rising Seas Hit Home': Hundreds of Towns Threatened by 2100

Posted by Jessica Corbett, Guest Columnist

Jul 17, 2017 12:41:56 PM

Daunting new report shows coastal communities are at-risk and unprepared for flooding caused by climate change.

As an iceberg the size of Delaware broke away from an ice shelf in Antarctica Wednesday, scientists released findings that up to 668 U.S. communities could face chronic flooding from rising sea levels by the end of the century.

More than 90 U.S. communities are already grappling with "chronic inundation" from sea level rise caused by climate change—meaning they have crossed the threshold for when "flooding becomes unmanageable for people's daily lives," disrupting "people's routines, livelihoods, homes, and communities."

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In Oil-Loving Houston, Residents Face "Apocalyptic" Risks from Climate Change

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As Guardian writer Tom Dart explains, the city is poised for a worst case scenario when the next storm hits, as toxins spill across residential areas, making them uninhabitable.

It's no secret that Houston's low-lying neighborhoods face significant risk of flooding, particularly as sea level rise and monster storms triggered by Climate Change loom on the near Horizon. Call it Karma. Call it the biblical "reaping" after the sowing. But this city, built largely from the wealth of the Earth's black gold, may pay the ultimate price for the millions of tons of C02 it has dispersed to the atmosphere.

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Preparing for a Flood—A Guide for Homeowners

Posted by Jim McKinley, Guest Contributor

Jun 16, 2017 11:01:31 AM

Homeowners should consider the likelihood of a flood in their area.  Preparing for a possible flood can reduce the potential for property damage/loss as well as increase personal safety.

Preparing for a Flood

General

Besides the possible human toll, flood damage can cost an individual a significant amount of money.  In order to minimize these costs, it is best to take precautions ahead of time, particularly if you live in a flood prone area.  An individual is the first line of defense against flood damage and it is up to you to mitigate any harm that may occur.

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