A better solution to America’s big hurricane problem

How India Is Preparing To Develop A Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

The unpredictability and increasing frequency of the natural disasters have challenged the town planners to develop new places that can withstand a variety of threats faced by the buildings, particularly in the upcoming cities.

Can India adopt a similar approach towards choosing renewable sources of energy? What are the limitations of hydrogen infrastructure?

Feeling the necessity of fresh planning that takes into account all the possible dangers, the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted the ‘International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure’ (ICDRI 2022) from 4 – 6 May.

The experts said that there is an immediate need to look for ways to strengthen the resilience of transitioning infrastructure systems, with an emphasis on human-centered approaches…READ ON

A better solution to America’s big hurricane problem

On a sunny afternoon in April, I stood indoors in front of the only machine in the world that can create a Category 5 hurricane in a lab. Housed in a large building at the University of Miami on Virginia Key, it consists of a swimming-pool-sized tank, a wave generator, and a loud jet engine that pipes in hurricane-strength winds.

The nonprofit Coral Restoration Foundation runs the ocean’s largest coral nursery, where scientists raise coral to restore reefs. Image credit:  Jennifer Adler

The tank is an essential tool for research into how coral can lessen hurricanes’ damage to coastal communities. I was here to see how it works.

Tropical storms are among the most dangerous and costly natural disasters in the US. Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana last August, for example, cost Americans roughly $75 billion, cut power to more than a million homes and businesses, and killed dozens of people.

If that’s not bad enough, climate change is making hurricanes more destructive. Global warming raises sea levels and fuels storms with more water and stronger winds, increasing the risk of flooding.

Engineers defend against these threats by building structures like levees and seawalls, but these tools are imperfect. They can damage the environment, they don’t always hold, and they can be pricey themselves…READ ON

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