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Disasters don’t just cause physical damage, but leave communities struggling mentally and emotionally. Cities and communities are working to improve their resilience.
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The city of Paris is planning on planting trees near some of its landmarks, a project that will help fight the urban heat island effect.
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After two catastrophic floods in the span of only two years, Ellicott City needs to decide between rebuilding or retreating.
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A new study reveals that damage from Hurricane Katrina is positively associated with the likelihood of a New Orleans neighbourhood having gentrified in the ten years after the disaster. But while gentrification was more likely in areas with worse physical damage, it was less prevalent in those with higher concentrations of African Americans.
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California's leaders are grappling with how to protect their residents from fires given the state's risky housing development. This is further complicated considering that land-use regulations required to mitigate fire risks are often met with hostility from homeowners, are subject to local control, and are hampered by local politics.
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New research comparing American cities finds that the “texture” of a city makes a big difference in the urban heat island effect. Cities with more rigid grid-like street patterns tend to display a higher temperature difference between their urban and rural areas, due to urban environments that restrict air flow and trap heat.
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As Venice has grappled with inundation for centuries, construction is finishing on a barrier to protect the city from high tides. The retractable floodgates stretching across the mouths of the lagoon’s three inlets form one of the world’s largest and highest-profile civil-engineering works.
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Only one climate-related relocation is currently funded and administered by the US government: the Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement Project. What makes the project unique is that it doesn’t just aim to resettle individuals. Its goal is to resettle the entire community together, as a whole, by constructing a brand-new town and filling it with the displaced occupants and culture of Isle de Jean Charles.
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