Water
Flood Costs Rising

Flood Costs Rising

The costs of inaction on climate change keep rising  — an additional $2.5 billion a year in just U.S. flood damage. A study published this week found that from 1988-2017, increased rainfall led to a total of $75 billion in damage

Why this Matters: Flooding is one of the most common and expensive natural disasters and will only go up in the years ahead.

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As Colorado River Dries, New Questions about Water Management Arise

As Colorado River Dries, New Questions about Water Management Arise

For twenty years, conditions across the Colorado River Basin have worsened as temperatures rose due to climate change.  In 2020, unrelenting heat and super dry conditions left the soil extremely parched, rivers and streams running low, and reservoirs in the region well below capacity.

Why this Matters: Research suggests that the river could lose 1/4 of its flow by 2050 as the climate continues to heat up.

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Sudan Suffers from Worst Flooding in Recent Memory

Sudan Suffers from Worst Flooding in Recent Memory

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In the latter half of 2020, Sudan experienced devastating flooding. By the end of September, the U.N. World Food Program country director in South Sudan said that the country needed immediate aid to avoid “catastrophic hunger” levels. Since then, nearly 1 million people have been displaced or isolated by […]

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New Study Finds 1 in 3 Rivers Have Significantly Shifted Color

New Study Finds 1 in 3 Rivers Have Significantly Shifted Color

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new study shows that 1 in 3 rivers in the United States have significantly shifted in color since 1984. Researchers surveyed more than 108,000 kilometers of rivers at least 60 meters wide found that  56% appeared predominantly yellow and 38% appeared predominantly green. These colorations are often caused […]

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Will Venice’s Tide Barriers Be Enough to Prevent Flooding?

Will Venice’s Tide Barriers Be Enough to Prevent Flooding?

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer Venice, Italy has been in the process of building a floodgate system, MOSE,  to avert its devastating flood season known as acqua alta. Thus far, the system has been successful in blocking some floods from overtaking the city—on October 3rd of this year, MOSE successfully prevented the high tide […]

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Tucson Encourages Rainwater Harvesting to Hit Climate Targets

Tucson Encourages Rainwater Harvesting to Hit Climate Targets

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Tucson is one of the fastest-warming cities in the country. Right now, it’s coming off of a record-breaking September for heat and drought. The city declared a climate emergency earlier this year and set a goal of becoming carbon neutral in the next 10 years. As part of hitting […]

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