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Copenhagen embraces resilience with suburban redesign

new cityThe City of Copenhagen in Denmark is implementing a plan to make one of its shoreline suburbs climate change resilient. The design by Tredje Natur aims to reduce the impact of heavy rain and storm surges, and to mitigate the inadequate existing stormwater system in a cost-effective way. The project, Klimakvarter.dk, will see a roundabout in the centre of St Kjeld’s Neighbourhood in Østerbro redeveloped with grass-covered hillocks to improve storm water management and add more green space. Seven streets converge at the roundabout, and these will have their amount of asphalt reduced and raised cycle and pedestrian paths added. During a heavy rainfall event, the roads then become stormwater canals that will direct water to the ocean…

 

13 Chicago-area deaths stemmed from shoveling snow after record blizzard

At least 13 people died over a three day stretch from shoveling snow that blanketed Illinois over the weekend, officials say. Ten of the deaths occurred in the state’s Cook County, while three were reported in Dupage County, the Chicago Tribune reports. Cook County officials said that the deaths occurred between 6 p.m. Jan. 31 and 11:50 p.m. Feb. 2. The deaths stem from the blizzard that left 19 inches across much of the northeastern part of the state. Six of the people who died were in their 60s, three were in their 50s and one man was in his 40s, the Chicago Sun-Times reported…

 

Philippines to push infra, PPP financing across Apec

THE PHILIPPINES’ proposed roadmap for financial integration across the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) will serve to better connect the geographically vast and segmented region, Department of Finance officials said. During last Friday’s Nikkei Asian Review forum, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima revealed that, apart from the three earlier proposed pillars under the so-called “Cebu Action Plan,” Apec members had also pushed for the inclusion of a fourth pillar on infrastructure, especially aimed at improving access to financing…

 

NASA’s SMAP Observatory To Improve Drought Prediction, Planning For Natural Disasters

Minutes before the sun dawned on the coast of central California on Saturday, NASA looked to the skies, and launched a critical part of its Earth Sciences mission into Low-Earth Orbit. As floods make their way through parts of the country, and as a historic drought continues to punish the farmlands, rivers, and resources of California, scientists will now be able to more accurately observe and monitor moisture levels within the land itself, through an orbiting observatory named SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive)…

 

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