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David Sands

14 December 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a coalition of nonprofits and organizations are coming together to transform buildings into resilience centers. A resilience center is a hub that people can go to for help, especially in moments of a natur...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Léopold Salzenstein

Rafiqul Islam Montu

2 December 2021

Bangladesh

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In 1970 Cyclone Bhola hit Bangladesh. It killed up to 500,000 people. Since then, the country has revamped its emergency disaster preparedness through a multipronged process, reducing its cyclone-related deaths by 100...

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Julia Hotz

19 November 2021

New York, New York, United States

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From New York City to Texas, localities are using oysters to protect themselves from flooding. They are dropping oysters along the coast for baby oysters to grown on, ultimately leading to the creation of wall-like re...

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Sanket Jain

10 November 2021

India

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In India, there were 1.2 million snakebite deaths reported between 2000 and 2019. Agricultural workers and farmers are the worst hit. Amit Sayyed wanted to find a way to reduce the number of snakebites, particularly i...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Neha Wadekar

1 November 2021

Mozambique

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According to the 2021 Global Climate Risk Index Mozambique was the fifth country most affected by extreme weather over the past two decades. This article takes an in-depth analysis into four aspects of the country's c...

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Zdenka Kovarikova

3 August 2021

Czech Republic

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Cervene Pecky and Dolany, two small towns in Prague, were able to fix their flooding problems through a process known as land consolidation. Prior to the land consolidation, the towns would get flooded by rainwater. ...

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Deepa Padmanaban

15 June 2021

British Indian Ocean Territory

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In coastal cities in India, floods have led to hundreds of deaths and millions of people being displaced. To address the issue, scientists had to address a variety of factors: hydrology of the upstream region; river, ...

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Stefan Labbé

27 May 2021

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Large cities like Vacounver and Seattle are increasingly leaning towards "green infrastracture," a method of managing stormwater through natural systems like green roofs and rain gardens that absorb rainwater. Cities...

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Phil Roberts

12 March 2021

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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In a science class in a local New Jersey school, students came up with a green solution to a storm water management and flooding problem in their parking lot when it rained. With help from the Cooperative Extension Wa...

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Nithin Coca

Naomi Mihara

Walter Gerard

11 March 2021

Korolevu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

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After a river in Fiji continued to flood, an entire village relocated uphill 2 kilometers away. About two-thirds of the residents participated in this voluntary relocation, which proved effective when a strong cyclone...

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Andrew Yawn

19 February 2021

New Roads, Louisiana, United States

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Pecan Acres in Louisiana is known as Flood City since many residents can’t remember a time when their homes weren’t impacted by rising waters. To help these people, the state has started a relocation project to move t...

Atlas Obscura

Winnie Lee

16 February 2021

Longicharo Island, Kenya

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The nonprofit group Save Giraffes Now, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Northern Rangelands Trust, and local community members are working together to save the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe species. Rising lake level...

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Carmen Russo

22 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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As a way to soften the impacts of a future storm, an artificial oyster reef was installed in New York City. This green infrastructure can absorb the shock of waves and decrease the amount of flooding, as well as build...

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Dhritiman Mukherjee

30 October 2020

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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The city of Chennai in India is engaging in wetlands restoration and stormwater management by using traditional knowledge and community action to reduce flooding and ensure that people have access to drinking water. T...

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Laura Puttkamer

3 August 2020

Mexico City, Mexico

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The people in a neighborhood in Mexico City are coming up with innovative solutions to handle climate-related disasters like flood. They use an early warning system that uses a radio signal and WhatsApp to warn reside...

Yale Climate Connections

Samantha Harrington

15 July 2020

Davenport, Iowa, United States

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While many communities in the Midwest use dams and levees to control the Mississippi River, some are trying new approaches to flood control as climate change threatens to increase rainfall and the severity of storms i...

The Hechinger Report

Rebecca Klein

23 May 2020

Duck Hill, Mississippi, United States

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Through the Achieving Sustainability Through Education and Economic Development Solutions (ASEEDS) Creek Rangers program, teens and community leaders are raising awareness of the effects of climate change in their sma...

Science Africa

Sharon Atieno

22 January 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

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In partnership with the Kenya Meteorological Department, the Kounkuey Design Initiative is running a project to make weather information timely and accessible to those living in informal urban settlements. Through a t...

Indiana Environmental Reporter

Beth Edwards

11 November 2019

Goshen, Indiana, United States

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After devastating floods hit the town of Goshen, the small town in Indiana used the experience as an opportunity to work towards disaster preparedness. Focusing not just on what would work best against environmental c...

U.S. News & World Report

Laurie Mazur

8 October 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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To combat excessive flooding in low-plain areas, cities like Charlotte are passing critical legislation that regulates fill-and-build development, a type of construction that leads to more intense flooding in vulnerab...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jan Ellen Spiegel

18 September 2019

Meriden, Connecticut, United States

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Climate change adaptation efforts and economic development can go hand in hand, according to one Connecticut town. Meriden transformed a former mall into a large park, a natural solution that helps mitigate the town's...

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Richard Adkins

17 September 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Eastern North Carolina -- an area increasingly affected by flooding from hurricanes -- looks to Tulsa for long-term, financially sustainable solutions to routine flooding. Tulsa's comprehensive approach includes regul...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jan Ellen Spiegel

17 September 2019

Stonington, Connecticut, United States

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To address increased tidal flooding on its shoreline, Stonington, Connecticut, is sticking to a simple principle: "Where possible, work with nature not against it.” Volunteers plant native plants, helping to restore a...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

13 September 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Working toward environmental justice takes organizing on the community level. In Detroit, the Women of Empowerment promote resilience against the adverse effects of climate change on the city’s east side by spearheadi...

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Shayla Love

23 July 2019

Wisconsin, United States

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Over the last several decades, climate disasters have resulted in many communities relying on managed retreats. These "proactive, intentional shift(s) of civilization away from an environmental threat" are increasingl...

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