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A European ‘Supertide’

Part of France’s North Atlantic coast and southwestern England braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the alignment of the Sun and Moon created an ocean surge not seen since the 1990s. This so-called “supertide” or “tide of the century” with surges up to 14 meters high, actually happens every 18 years. The high tides have turned France’s famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island, and sent bore tide waves into England’s River Severn, and the extreme low tides have exposed areas of beach and rock unseen since 1997…


States must consider climate change threats to be eligible for FEMA disaster preparation funds

Roughly every five years, states publish reports detailing their vulnerability to natural disasters, qualifying them for part of the nearly $1 billion aid money administered annually by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). States looking to receive grants from the federal Hazard Mitigation Assistance program to help them prepare for natural disasters such as floods, storms, and wildfires will have, beginning next year, to consider the threats posed by climate change…


Islanders tested for disaster resilience

Emergency aid is beginning to reach some of the outlying islands of Vanuatu, after the Pacific archipelago was last week pummelled by Tropical Cyclone Pam. Aid groups and survivors of Pam are hoping that early warnings, concrete-walled homes, cave refuges and a healthy respect for the sea have saved the South Pacific nation from a huge death toll. Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu last week bringing wind gusts topping 300 kilometres per hour, torrential rain, huge seas and storm surges…


Achieving Disaster Resilience in U.S. Communities

reportThis report examines the disaster resilience efforts of the executive and legislative branches of government and public-private partnerships. Its recommendations are the product of a series of dialogues hosted by the CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation. Reflecting thoughts, findings, and viewpoints gleaned from the series, the authors provide guidance for officials who want to make progress in bolstering planning…




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