NASA Earth Observatory image from 2014 shows the Mississippi River wending toward the Louisiana coastline. (Image from earthobservatory.nasa.gov)

US: Water, water everywhere - Saving Louisiana’s coast

Tulane University

Recalling destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Sarah Mack, who had been working as an environmental scientist pre-Katrina, in a lightbulb moment, said 'we could do whatever we want within our system but it isn’t going to do a lot of good unless we address the coastal land loss.' Mack wants more private enterprises to incorporate coastal restoration into their business models. Louisana's Coastal Master Plan plan addresses key issues of flood protection, natural processes, coastal habitats, cultural heritage and the working coast...

  • Australia: Warragamba Dam disaster warning - downpour now could 'devastate' western Sydney


    Caution comes from Stuart Khan, associate professor at the school of civil and environmental engineering at the University of NSW, who has been telling the state government for three years that it should never let Warragamba rise to full – because ample space is needed for flood mitigation, writes Rick Feneley for the Sydney Morning Herald...

  • International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR): Call for blog contributions


    UNISDR is launching a blog ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), which will be celebrated on 13 October. The theme of this year’s edition of IDDR is traditional, indigenous or local knowledge and its role in helping communities manage and reduce the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards. UNISDR are looking for thought-provoking posts on a range of themes...

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