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After Katrina, flood-prone New Orleans learns to live with water: official
NEW ORLEANS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – On a gray afternoon, a city worker tends plants on an undulating plot of grass known as a “rain garden”. It’s strategically placed on the corner of two streets in Gentilly, a quiet residential district in northeast New Orleans.
The garden can absorb up to 89,000 gallons of rainwater, which it then releases gradually into the city’s drainage system, easing pressure on the network and reducing the risk of flooding.
It is one small example of the “green infrastructure” city authorities are planning much more of as part of New Orleans’ effort to boost its ability to cope with extreme weather and other impacts of climate change.
“Water is our existential threat,” Jeff Hebert, New Orleans’ chief resilience officer, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. His office in City Hall is just across the street from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where thousands of…
Climate change: Scientists sad, frustrated as extreme weather becomes the new norm
Call it fatigue, call it frustration, but some of the best brains in the country are fed up.
Australia’s leading climate scientists joined their New Zealand counterparts in Canberra for a four-day conference last week, but dark clouds lingered over their discussions.
The theme of the conference was “Australasian weather, climate and oceans: past, present and future”.
And global warming was never far from the guests’ lips.
“There is definitely what you would call ‘climate fatigue’ on the part of scientists,” said Dr Andrew Glikson, from the Australian National University’s School of Archaeology and Anthropology….