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Urban climate change resilience: How to maintain essential functions

Many cities in Asia and the Pacific face the challenge of how to adapt to the effects of climate change, that especially affect the urban poor, the most at risk when a disaster strikes, heavy rains arrive—or fail to—and as sea levels and temperatures rise. Urban climate change resilience (UCCR) is the degree to which cities can function despite these short- and long-term risks. UCCR principles consider cities as dynamic systems capable of evolving and adapting to survive, and even thrive in the face of climate stresses or unexpected shocks…

 

Fukushima leak ‘could cause hydrogen explosion’ at nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant  Photo: EPA

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Photo: EPA

Leaking containers at Japan’s embattled Fukushima nuclear power plant are at risk of possible hydrogen explosions, experts have claimed. Almost 10 per cent of recently inspected containers holding contaminated water at the nuclear plant in northeast Japan were found to be leaking radioactive water. The leakages, discovered during inspections by Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operators of the plant, were thought to be caused by a build-up of hydrogen and other gases due to radiation contamination…

 

Texas storms: flooding had ‘tsunami-type power’, says governor

Texas governor Greg Abbott has expanded the emergency disaster zone in his state, adding 24 counties to a list of 13 affected by storms and flooding. Three people were reported dead and 12 missing as Oklahoma was also hit hard, while a tornado left 13 dead in a Mexican town just beyond the border…

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