After Hurricane Harvey's devastation, Houston has been making greener investments with its Bayou Greenways 2020 project, which will restore 3,000 acres of land along its bayous, and Exploration Green, a 200-acre greenway replete with wetlands that was once a golf course, among other initiatives. These efforts reflect a shift in Texans' approach to recovery and resilience.
This study looks in detail at the Houston floods that resulted from Hurricane Harvey. Based on interviews with impacted households and businesses, and with people involved in risk reduction, response and recovery at the city, county and state level, the
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While hurricanes occur naturally, human‐caused climate change is supercharging them and exacerbating the risk of major damage. Using ocean and atmosphere observations, this report demonstrates links between increased upper ocean heat content due to global
New research has found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Drowning caused 80% of Harvey deaths, and the research showed that only 22% of fatalities in Harris County occurred within the 100-year floodplain.
Hard-hit communities in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean are still rebuilding, following the devastation wrought by last fall's hurricanes. Researchers explore how disaster recovery strategies can create long-term opportunities to promote healthy communities.
For senior financial executives at large U.S.-based companies with operations in Texas, Florida or Puerto Rico, last year’s hurricane season brought not only catastrophe to their communities, but a risk management wake-up call for 2018 and beyond. More than 2 out of 3 companies surveyed will make changes as a result.
New research published in two studies shows that human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey's rainfall. It confirms that heavy rainfall events are increasing across the U.S. Gulf Coast region because of human interference with the climate system.
This publication presents data on the impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, particularly Harris County, in the form of illustrated maps. It provides data down to the census tract level, with a focus on the intersection of social vulnerability and flooding
In the coming years Texas and Florida will rebuild what was devastated by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, giving rise to the possibility of rebuilding resiliently and preparing communities for the next disaster. Green infrastructure is one way of achieving this resilience, with the ability to manage storm water as well as improve air quality.
In 2016, billions of dollars were allocated for flood-related disasters in the United States. Still, mitigation projects to better prepare cities like Houston for disasters were rejected as they were considered too expensive. Congress can be part of a solution to this problem by passing legislation that enables mitigation projects, which in the long run will save money.