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When Glaciers Transform Into Deadly 150-mph Avalanches
It took less than seven minutes.
On the morning of September 20, 2002, the Kolka Glacier sat in a gently sloping valley on the Russia-Georgia border. The glacier had a history of unusually fast surges, which—for the ponderous ice flows that cover 10 percent of Earth’s land surface—meant it sometimes lurched several dozen feet forward in one day. When an American scientific satellite, Landsat 7, passed overhead and imaged it around noon, Kolka seemed unsteady but unremarkable…
Natural measures must be key to UK flood protection, MPs urge
Natural ways of stopping floods, such as tree planting and putting logs in rivers to slow water flow must be a key part of protecting the nation as climate change intensifies rain storms, according to a report from MPs.
The cross-party committee criticised the government for its limited plans and insufficient funding, and called for the Environment Agency to be stripped of its responsibility for flooding and replaced by a dedicated floods authority and a national flood commissioner, as is the case in the Netherlands.
Other measures proposed include paying farmers to store water in fields and forcing housebuilders to make new homes resilient to flooding…
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