This Māori Community Used a Surprising Tactic to Avoid Killer Floods

Climate change worsens rainfall that caused devastating floods in South Africa: Study

The type of extreme rainfall that triggered deadly floods in parts of South Africa in April is nearly twice as likely to occur because of climate change, a study by a team of scientists has found.

WWA says that all heatwaves are unilaterally linked to global warming and that the record rainfall that caused deadly flooding across Germany and Belgium in July 2021 was made up to nine times more likely by the climate crisis.

Using peer-reviewed methods, scientists from South Africa, the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United States and Britain carried out what is called an attribution analysis.

They estimated that the probability of a similar flooding event happening has nearly doubled due to climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions heating up the planet…READ ON

This Māori Community Used a Surprising Tactic to Avoid Killer Floods

Two kilometers inland from Hawke’s Bay on the North Island of New Zealand, a dark-red gate just off the highway marks the entrance to the Tangoio Marae. This marae (meeting place) is where a local Māori hapū (community) holds regular gatherings and ceremonies. The location seems perfect: surrounded by lush green hills, close to the city of Napier, and just a stone’s throw from the ocean.

But why board games? Unlike video games, Bayeck sees board games as fostering a welcoming space because they facilitate in-person connections.

But there is one problem: The marae is at very high risk of flooding. The hapū of Tangoio Marae have a serious decision to make about this place that is so central to their community, and one of their decision-making tools is unorthodox: a board game.Called Marae-opoly, the Māori community designed the game in partnership with researchers from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research with the explicit goal of helping the hapū decide how to manage the flood risk to their marae. While the researchers from NIWA contributed scientific data about known flood risks and projected climate change effects, the hapū brought their own experiences and values to the table during game development brainstorming sessions…READ ON

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