More & More U.S. Homes Facing Flood Risk

The nation is falling further behind in addressing risk to the most repeatedly flooded homes. The list of the nation’s most flood-prone homes is growing longer. NRDC’s updated Losing Ground dashboard now includes data on severe repetitive loss properties (SRLPs) from the inception of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through late 2022. The … [continued]

Flash flooding from 4 to 7 inches of rain on September 29th, 2023. State of emergency declared. Prospect Park, By Wil540 art (CC BY-SA 4.0 license).

Biden–Harris Administration $80 Million Investing in America Agenda to Improve Flood Prediction

Funding supports NOAA’s efforts to upgrade the National Water Model and expand Flood Inundation Mapping services Last month, the Department of Commerce and NOAA’s Office of Water Prediction awarded the Next Generation Water Prediction Capability contract to Raytheon, an RTX Business. The $80 million, four-year contract will transform water prediction … [continued]

A flooded intersection in Flatbush, Brooklyn. By Wil540 art (CC BY-SA 4.0 license), via Wikimedia Commons.

NYC Gets Month’s Worth of Rain in Just Hours

New York City came to a standstill last week after intense rainfall caused flash flooding across much of the city. Almost 8 inches of rain fell on JFK Airport on Friday, the most rainfall in one day since record-keeping began in 1948, while CNN reports that Brooklyn got a month’s … [continued]

The UNESCO World Heritage property, comprises the city of Venice and its lagoon.  Image: Kent Wang from Barcelona, Spain.

A Climate Crossroads for the World Heritage Convention

How will the nations that have ratified UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention respond to the threat climate change represents to iconic natural and historic sites across the globe? This is one of the biggest questions facing the countries represented at the 45th World Heritage Committee meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Will … [continued]