*****River restoration: Salmon return to Glasgow's once heavily polluted River Clyde - The i newspaper online iNews. *****Keeping back the floods resources available. Builders 'behind UK flooding risk' Work has begun scraping off Helton Bridleway today! Surfacing to follow tomorrow #floodresilience. *****Climate Change in Bangladesh - Scientific American Blog Network. In some places, the impact of climate change is obvious.
In others, scientists predict that climate change will occur based on elaborate computer models. Frozen river in China blown up in spectacular explosion - CBBC Newsround. *****Keeping back the floods resources available. *****Ottowa river ice blown up: Cities on flood plains. Flood defence plans heavily favour London and south-east. The government’s planned spending on flood defences heavily favours London and the south-east of England, according to a new analysis, with spending per person up to 13 times higher than in other regions.
The recently published plans set out spending to 2021 and, for major projects, beyond that date. By far the largest projects are those for the Thames estuary, leading to 60% of the planned spending going to London and south-east, home to 32% of England’s population. Accusations of a north-south divide in flood defence spending were dismissed by then prime minister David Cameron after severe floods across northern England in December 2015. But the new research indicates southern areas will receive significantly more money. *****What to Do: Car Sinking in Water, Only Seconds to React (car in a flood)
*****Flash flooding (a lucky escape?): More shocking footage from Comodoro Rivadavia, S Argentina yesterday, March 30!! Video: Cobo Behrens. *****Heavy flash flooding again reported in South America - this video is from Comodoro Rivadavia, S Argentina on March 29! Rivers Trust app. Parisians find a way to keep their feet dry after a flood of the Seine, 1924. See the dramatic moment a woman emerges from muddy floodwaters near Lima, Peru. Award-Winning Story Map Spells Out Flood Danger to French Schoolchildren. Torrential rains in France last June caused extensive flooding, closing museums in Paris including the Louvre, cutting power to parts of the country, and temporarily driving 3,000 people out of their homes in the city of Nemours.
Mélanie Vallui and Laureline Gérard created this story map to educate school children about flood risk. Complete Flood Management with ArcGIS. Northern California levees straining under massive water flows. If you aren't already following #OrovilleDam news - you should. Likely to be adaptive disaster risk management case study for years to come. Raw: Video Shows Water Gush Through Dam Spillway. Softer engineering methods including unwanted Christmas trees are used to protect people and properties from flooding. Here's a potent example of encroachment on the Waiau River, '84-'16. The landowner's title allowed them to do this, farm now being eroded. 'Floods and Freezes' exhibition at Spelthorne Museum showcases fascinating photos from 1947 to 2014. A new exhibition has opened at Spelthorne Museum showcasing photos of floods and freezes in the area from the 19th century right up to present day, including the notable events of 2013/14.
*****Dashcam video of flash flood in Northern California on highway 23. You'd think there were enough Geography GCSEs out there, wouldn't you? James Cheshire on Instagram: “Floods in England since 1945. Created using Environment Agency open data. #maps #cartography #flooding” ****You Can Slow The Flow – Slow the Flow Calderdale. ***£1.8bn earmarked for Thames Estuary flood defences. Image copyright AFP Half of all the money earmarked for new flood defences in England will be spent on protecting London and areas around the Thames, official figures show.
Analysis by BBC News has found £1.8bn will be spent on the Thames Estuary out of a £3.7bn national flood spending programme. About 16,000 homes were flooded across the North of England a year ago. The Environment Agency said it invested money "where it will have the most benefit". The disparity in regional flood defence spending comes as many flood victims remain homeless, 12 months after storms Desmond and Eva devastated parts of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright PA. One in 10 new homes were created in areas of high flood risk last year. Flood Afghanistan bring woods from high mountains to villages. it is amazing. #Paktya #Paktia #Khost. Megadams: Brazil's Environmental Agency Halts 8-GW Amazon Hydropower Project.
Brazil’s environmental protection agency, IBAMA, in early August canceled development permits for an 8-GW hydroelectric project on concerns about its social and ecological impacts.
Megadams: Brazil’s government charged with ethnocide in building of Amazon dam. Brazil’s Public Federal Ministry (Ministério Público Federal, MPF), an independent state body, has started legal proceedings to have it recognised that the crime of “ethnocide” was committed on seven indigenous groups due to the severe detrimental impacts on their lives made by the building of the giant Belo Monte hydroelectric power station that will soon begin operating on the Xingu River in eastern Amazonia.
The charges have been made against Brazil’s federal government and Norte Energia, the contractor that built the dam. After carrying out a lengthy study that fills 50 books and includes contributions from a wide range of experts, the MPF has concluded that the “social organization, customs, languages and traditions” of the indigenous groups have been destroyed by the construction of the dam. Flood torrent tears through a store in Furiani, Corsica on Thursday, Nov 24th! Report: Agnes Trojani Linhard. A View near Withypool, Exmoor, with Flood Water by Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959) (@AlfredMunnings). Floods by Roland Vivian Pitchforth c. 1935 (@Tate). Pulborough, Sussex. UK flooding: How a Yorkshire town worked with nature to stay dry. While the sodden, submerged North of Britain was, literally, wringing out the old year last week, one notorious Yorkshire flood blackspot was celebrating staying dry – despite having been refused a multimillion pound defence scheme.
Pickering, North Yorkshire, pulled off protection by embracing the very opposite of what passes for conventional wisdom. On its citizens’ own initiative, it ended repeated inundation by working with nature, not against it. Time to restore nature's flood defences. The Wildlife Trusts are calling on UK Governments to invest in natural solutions to control flooding Storms and flooding have caused significant damage across the UK, and climate change is likely to increase the frequency of such extreme weather in the future, costing Governments and taxpayers millions and devastating communities and businesses.
Now is the time for UK Governments to prioritise investment in wilder landscapes to provide the natural solutions so badly needed to help prevent flooding in future The Wildlife Trusts believe that now is the time for UK Governments to prioritise investment in wilder landscapes which could provide the natural solutions so badly needed to help prevent flooding in future. *Soft engineering: UK government not funding natural flood prevention methods. Natural ways of preventing flooding such as planting trees have no government funding despite ministers repeatedly backing the idea, according to a freedom of information request by Friends of the Earth.
Almost a year since devastating floods hits swathes of northern Britain, environment secretary, Andrea Leadsom, and floods minister, Thérèse Coffey, have both recently supported the approach, which aims to slow the flow of water off hills and reduce peak levels. But the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) told Friends of the Earth (FoE) that “there is no funding earmarked specifically for natural flood management”. The response came shortly after a cross-party committee of MPs concluded earlier this month that natural ways of stopping floods must be a key part of protecting the nation as climate change intensifies rain storms.
Before and after: Three Gorges Dam Brings Power, Concerns to Central China. Release Date: November 17, 2016 Before and after the Three Gorges Dam for the Yangtze River EarthViews is a continuing series in which we share a USGS Image of the Week featuring the USGS/NASA Landsat program. From the artistry of Earth imagery to natural and human-caused land change over time, check back every Friday to finish your week with a visual flourish! In this Landsat 8 image, taken on August 22, 2016, the width of the river behind the Three Gorges Dam has expanded significantly. Credit: USGS/NASA Landsat Program. Flood mgmt: Subjugating nature is not the way to defend against floods. The Mendips form an east-west hilly ridge, framing the Chew Valley to the north and the Somerset Levels to the south. They are mostly gently rolling hills, though cut into by deep gorges such as Burrington Combe and Cheddar Gorge. *River restoration (re-wiggling): Taming the floods, Dutch-style.
It is 100 days since David Cameron visited the submerged Somerset levels at the peak of the winter floods that devastated swathes of England and hundreds of broken flood defences have now been repaired thanks to £270m of emergency funding from government. But in the Netherlands, also battered by the record deluge but relatively unscathed, an ongoing multibillion-euro programme continues to reshape the watery nation, with none of the political storm whipped up in the UK. Hard-won reclaimed land – polders – are being given back to rivers and meanders are being cut back into flood plains, all as part of a back-to-nature approach that is reversing centuries of battling against water, in favour of finding ways to live with it. The Netherlands is a land of waterways and a quarter is below sea level, with 60% of its people in flood-risk areas.
Belfast: Connswater Community Greenway. Major green infrastructure project delivering 16km of new cycle and walkways and improved flood protection for residents and businesses Creation of a 9km linear park along three urban rivers, a new civic square, and improved open spaces New reinforced concrete floodwalls & flood embankments Connswater Community Greenway is a visionary urban regeneration project that is transforming East Belfast by combining improved flood protection with the creation of public spaces and pedestrian/ cycle routes that connect communities.
The project represents a £40m investment, delivered by Belfast City Council in close collaboration with local regeneration organisation, EastSide Partnership. Living Places. Living Places Awards. Six ways city landscapes can be more flood resilient - in pictures. *SuDS MPs endorse landscape work for flood mitigation. The House of Commons Environment & Rural Affairs Committee last week called for a large-scale - in the region of 100-200sq km - catchment trial of natural flood-risk management approaches, including leaky dams, tree planting and improved soil measures, alongside using farmland to store water as is done in the Netherlands, with Defra and the NFU to work together with "appropriate incentives to recompense farmers".
The report acknowledges that the Government has increased funding for flood risk management but points out that the money "was unlikely to deliver sufficient protection in future decades". It says hard engineering solutions cannot solve the problem alone and recognises the part landscape can play, including the role of urban parks as temporary water storage areas and trees' ability to soak up water. *Sustainable drainage SuDS. Drainage systems can contribute to sustainable development and improve the places and spaces where we live, work and play by balancing the different opportunities and challenges that influence urban design and the development of communities. Flash flood (flash flooding expected over the next 48hrs along W coast of southern Adriatic and Ionian seas). Video: Fantasy Nature & Animals.
This is how a pool is built. Three Gorges Dam - Going up: the elevator that can take a 3000-ton ship. UK Coastal Floodstone Project. How Cities and Suburbs Affect Chesapeake Bay. Acquired July 18, 2016download large image (3 MB, JPEG, 2000x2000) Flooding of the Ganges Sept 2016. Taming the floods, Dutch-style. New plan for stronger flood defences. Improved rain and flood modelling, a significant increase in new temporary flood defences and greater protection to infrastructure were all outlined in the government’s National Flood Resilience Review today.
Flooding: UK government plans for more extreme rainfall. National Trust under fire over Snowdonia hydroelectric plan. GaugeMap. FloodScreen. FloodScreen. Before and After: Louisiana flooding - BBC News. At Least 2 Dead in Louisiana Flooding; Evacuations and Rescues Ongoing as Rivers Rise Toward Record Crests. £500,000 tree-planting project helped Yorkshire town miss winter floods. Innovative Flood Defence Scheme in Pickering a Success – and Geographers’ Work Vital. 2009 Cumbria Floods - Cockermouth on Flipboard. Sheffield's Grey to Green scheme officially opened today, the UKs largest retrofit urban SUDS/water-sensitive scheme. China Wants to Fight Floods With 'Sponge Cities'