Browsing the "Floods" Category

Water is a Life Necessity — Thailand is Lucky, Will Have Catastrophic Flooding for ~6 More Weeks

October 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Texas and other parts of the U.S. have suffered unprecedented drought this year, destroying incredible portions of this year's crops. In a distant universe.. er, on the other side of this climatic globe, record floods are pounding Thailand, destroying huge portions of the world's rice crop. Who could have imagined that the world would be seeing record floods and record droughts at the same time? (Too bad we don't have any scientists studying the world's climate and warning us about such things.)


Thailand Suffers Most Costly Flood in History – 10% of Annual Rice Crop Destroyed

October 19th, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi

The tropical tourist paradise of Thailand is currently suffering through enormously costly floods, resulting from a "weak" La Niña monsoon season. Following September's extremely heavy rains -- five feet of rain for the month -- the monsoon season continues virtually unabated into this month, where it also coincided, last weekend, with the highest tides of the month. It is estimated that 10 % of the nation's rice crop has been destroyed, so far, costing nearly 4 billion USD, and growing. This will have certain impact on global food prices (driving them higher) and on food security for tens of millions of people


US Disasters in 2011 Set New Record

September 27th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Yep, that's a graph of U.S. disasters according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Looks a bit like the graphs of greenhouse gas emissions, doesn't it? Looks completely opposite the trend of Arctic sea ice. Strange


Flooding in Pakistan

September 21st, 2011 | by Kate Follot

Heavy monsoon rains over the course of August 2011 have caused widespread flood damage in Pakistan. The southern province of Sindh was hit especially hard. The horrendous flooding has effected close to 5 million people, destroyed millions of homes, killed at least 361 people and displaced 600,000 who are currently living in refugee camps because of the continually rising waters


From New York to Maryland, 100,000 Ordered to Evacuate their Homes because of Flooding

September 9th, 2011 | by Kate Follot

Still recovering from Hurricane Irene, the East Coast is being hit again by remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. Rain comes on and off for the East Coast, sometimes only drizzling, but the rivers and streams continue to rise. Among many of the areas flooded are the many towns along the Susquehanna River. Rural towns are nestled along 444 miles of water that lead down into the Chesapeake Bay. As water surged over flood walls built decades ago to protect residences from potential flooding from the Susquehanna River, 20,000 people were ordered to head for higher ground. This is said to be the worst flooding in the history of Binghamton, at least since the flood walls were built in the 1930s and '40s. Besides the town of Binghamton, nearly 100,000 people from New York to Maryland were ordered to flee the rising Susquehanna River on Thursday


"Climate is on Steroids"

August 17th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Can you guess which major media outlet made that analogy? NYTimes? No, it's one of the worst sources of climate change news and commentary these days. Washington Post? If only! FOX News? OK, yes, that would be absurd -- hope the idea made you laugh, at least



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