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Berlin & China Creating “Sponge Cities” — Landscape Architects Help Cities Absorb Water, Cool Down

December 4th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Berlin (Germany) and China are working with nature to create sponge cities that absorb rainwater and cool the city. Even without the challenges of climate change, cities would do well to consider the benefits of imitating natural ecosystems to cool down and store rainwater, a precious resource. With problems from climate change in urban areas, such as increased flooding and more extreme heatwaves, the need to develop “sponge cities” is essential


In 2016 Insured Natural Disaster Losses Reached $50 Billion, From $175 Billion In Damage

January 8th, 2017 | by Adam Johnston

Last year saw insurers pay out $50 billion in insured losses from natural disasters, according to The Guardian. The Kyushu Island earthquakes in Japan ranked as the two largest disasters. These two events saw insurers pay out $6 billion from $31 billion in total damages. Chinese flooding last summer near the Yangtze River caused $28 billion in losses, and was the largest weather-related disaster cost wise in 2016, said Jeff Masters of Weather Underground. However, only $300 million was insured from the third-largest non-US weather disaster in recorded history



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