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A group led by a team from MIT will reshape the New Jersey Meadowlands, boosting protection of surrounding urban areas with the Meadowband (an embankment made of various materials to suit local conditions) and man-made marshes.

A group led by a team from MIT will reshape the New Jersey Meadowlands, boosting protection of surrounding urban areas with the Meadowband (an embankment made of various materials to suit local conditions) and man-made marshes.

 

Creating resilience against natural disaster

Today’s beachgoers in the three coastal states hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 — New Jersey, New York and Connecticut — encounter huge piles of sand on ocean beaches as well as intrusive rock walls and beefed-up bulkheads. They have been rebuilt this way even though Sandy scoured just such dunes and overtopped just such walls. Why? U.S. disaster rebuilding has traditionally focused on merely replacing what has been lost…

 

Treasury calls for stronger disaster defences

Governments could curb the soaring cost of home insurance by erecting stronger defences against natural disasters, such as constructing firebreaks and flood levees, or introducing tougher building codes, federal Treasury says. But it has poured cold water on calls for a taxpayer-backed insurer to make policies more affordable in areas facing the most extreme risk of flood or cyclone. With home building insurance premiums rising at six times the pace of inflation since 2009, a new submission from Canberra’s key economic agency sounds a warning over the risk of underinsurance…

 

Bulgarian flood clean-up starts

Bulgaria floods: At least 12 killed in Varna and Dobrich.  Source:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27935436

Bulgaria floods: At least 12 killed in Varna and Dobrich.
Source:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27935436

A massive clean-up operation has begun in Bulgaria following flash floods which left at least a dozen people dead. The government has declared a state of emergency following Thursday’s freak weather which caused havoc in the east of the country. The full cost of the destruction has yet to be counted but the EU’s Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response chief Kristalina Georgieva promised help. “I have already spoken to Commissioner Hahn and there’s an understanding that it’s really important to quickly get approval for financing to be used, so that the roads can be restored, so that the people can feel they’re not alone at this moment,” she said. The Black Sea resort of Varna saw extensive damage, particularly the town’s low-lying suburb of Aspruhovo. The torrential rain swept away cars, destroyed homes and forced residents to flee to rooftops during the height of the floods…

 

Boost to improve natural disaster resilience in Queensland

CYCLONE-MAPThe Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today welcomed $52 million in joint State-Commonwealth Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Funding for Queensland. This funding package includes $12 million under the Commonwealth’s Natural Disaster Resilience Program to boost natural disaster resilience in communities across Queensland. Mr Keenan said while the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, the Commonwealth was supporting communities in stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks. “Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities. These projects, led by state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers, are all designed to help communities better prepare and respond to natural disasters.” The $12 million to support projects in Queensland is part of the Commonwealth’s overall $52 million contribution nationally provided through the National Partnership Agreement to improve natural disaster resilience…

 

Home Prices and Appreciation Higher in Markets with Higher Natural Disaster Risk

RealtyTrac released its first-ever report on natural disaster risk as it applies to housing, along with a slick interactive heat map that allows you to see its natural disaster ranking for any county nationwide along with median home prices and 1-year, 5-year and 10-year home price appreciation in the county…

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