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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
Climate change "experts" are saying that: "Antarctica’s massive stores of ice are likely to melt as the planet warms and contribute ever greater amounts of water to the world’s oceans." But the facts are: "The winter ice around the southern continent has been growing relatively constantly since records began in 1979. The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre, which monitors sea ice using satellite data, say that the year’s maximum was 1.54m sq km (595,000 sq miles) above the 1981-2010...
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

PHeymont ·
Garry, aside from the fact that climate change involves far more than the question of polar ice caps, we're not in huge disagreement, I think. 1. Climate change is a more accurate term than global warming, because it's not all about warming, and in some cases the change brings colder rather than warmer. 2. The effects are not the same everywhere, nor are they always immediately harmful. It is possible for one area to be threatened with inundation while another benefits from a return of...
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
Not in disagreement at all Paul. Just a mention that climate change is not all bad news. And an option to some folks that wonder where all that melted ice is going to. It's been another winter when the Jet Stream has kept the UK warm and the Eastern States frozen. So there's a lot more water to come down from the Ice Cap yet !
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

DrFumblefinger ·
The issue of what we can do about the "world's changing climate" aside, when I look at a massive stone structure like the one in the photo and realize it's sitting essentially on a sand bar (which is what most of Florida is), I'm not surprised that it might actually be slowly settling and sinking. Just like Venice is. Venice has serious problems but these are mostly due to the fact that the entire city is sinking.
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
50 years ago this area of Liverpool UK was underwater twice a day. Every tide. And storms would cause the land to flood half a mile inland. So this area is now a man made construction. Sand hills cover the solid foundation. Marrem grass has roots that bind the sand together. And it works. Copied off the Netherlands where much of the land is below sea level all year.
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Florida warned: take action against future flooding

PHeymont ·
17th c. Castillo de San Marcos, guarding America's oldest city, may be endangered by rising waters.   With all the jokes about earthquakes in California creating ocean-front lots in Nevada, it's easy to forget that things are changing in numbers...
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High water, weather disrupt European river cruises

PHeymont ·
High water levels from heavy rainfall and spring snowmelt in the Alps has caused delays and changes in river cruises, including those on the Seine, Rhine and Danube. While serious, it's not as bad as the spring of 2013 when many port towns were...
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September 2, 2017: "Flood Rescue", Grand Forks

DrFumblefinger ·
Flooding in a flat landscape poses an unusual degree of risk because of how quickly a river's water level can rise. This piece of street-art commemorates the many people who were rescued in the record breaking flood of 1997.
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Flood Memorial, Grand Forks

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the Flood Memorial in Grand Forks. Constructed after the devastating flood of 1997, it helps people visualize how high the seemingly placid Red River can rise in the spring flooding season.
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Paris flooding closes museums,

PHeymont ·
As the Seine continues to rise, Paris closes buildings near the river and moves artwork to higher ground. Evacuations may be ordered.
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Flooding in Britain after heavy winter rains

PHeymont ·
Heavy rainfalls have led to flooding in many towns in England over the Christmas holidays, especially in the South East and mid Wales. As of this morning, the number of flood warnings and floods was still increasing. The rains have been extremely heavy for days; Brighton has had more than three times the average monthly rainfall in only 11 days. While the rains in the south are expected to drop off today, they are on the increase in the north and into Scotland. In many areas, army units have...
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Re: Paris flooding closes museums,

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm surprised the French haven't built a flood control channel to divert the waters of the Seine. Seems it would pay in the long run.
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Re: Paris flooding closes museums,

PHeymont ·
Actually, Paris has a flood control system, which has worked fairly effectively with the exception of two occasions: 1982, and now. Just after the catastrophic flood of 1910, and recognizing that winter flooding was a regular occurrence in the area, Paris built Les Grands Lacs (The Great Lakes) a series of reservoirs into which overflow is diverted. The canals around Paris also absorb some of the extra flow. There’s been discussion in recent years, after 1982, of other measures that could be...
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Shields up! Venice tests MOSE

PHeymont ·
The long-delayed barrier intended to protect the city from high tides and flooding finally gets a full trial.
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