March 31, 2010, 10am PDT
The environmental and infrastructural conditions that brought about the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 remain today, and have the potential to cause similar devastation, according to this piece.
March 3, 2010, 5am PST
The leading architect and urban planner from the Philippines is calling on the city of Manila to take stronger precautions in the face of earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 5, 2010, 7am PST
The Brazilian government has approved a new hydroelectric dam in the Amazon. Many locals and environmentalists are fuming.
January 5, 2010, 9am PST
Flood maps redrawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are causing thousands of Southern California residents to buy mandatory flood insurance, even though they say flooding is rare and barely an issue.
December 31, 2009, 6am PST
Breached levees are a major concern for riverside cities; New Orleans struggled with their disastrous results after Hurricane Katrina. While shoring and sandbagging have been relied upon in the past, new methods for stopping breaches are emerging.
November 20, 2009, 9am PST
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' mismanaged maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet was the cause of flood damage in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
October 10, 2009, 9am PDT
As the city of New Orleans rebuilds its flooded and destroyed neighborhoods, a new design from architect Thom Mayne seeks to counteract the flood-prone area by simply floating.
September 13, 2009, 11am PDT
Plans to construct a new cargo port near Venice has some conservationists up in arms. They say the plans would exacerbate rising water levels and further endanger the flood-prone ancient city.
August 27, 2009, 7am PDT
Architecture and biomimicry are joining forces. A new city being planned in a flood-prone region of India is using the concept of mimicking nature to build a city that better responds to its environmental conditions.
April 19, 2009, 7am PDT
A disturbing new report on sea-level rise projections for California warns that the state must start planning now for the anticipated flooding of its coastline, which could wipe out over $100 billion worth of built infrastructure.
January 3, 2009, 9am PST
This article from <em>Wired</em> looks at new plans to prevent massive flooding in the low-lying Netherlands.
November 13, 2008, 11am PST
FEMA has redone official maps of flood-prone areas across the country, designating some as flood zones for the first time.
June 19, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This article from <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em> looks at how development, farm practices, and population growth have increased the risk of flooding.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
June 18, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Flood waters along the Mississippi River continue to rise, leaving many Midwest towns deep under water. The Army Corps of Engineers has just identified 27 levees that may not be high enough to handle the rising waters.</p>
June 11, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Housing groups in Katrina-affected regions are expressing their outrage after a CNN investigation uncovered that tons of supplies intended for hurricane victims sat in storage for two years before being given away to cities and other organizations.</p>
April 20, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A massive dam project in Turkey that would flood historic areas and displace 50,000 people is losing international support, as officials in Germany threaten to pull out of the project -- often called a smaller version of China's Three Gorges Dam.</p>
April 1, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Next American City</em> looks at the new land use ideas that are guiding development in disaster-prone areas.</p>
March 26, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This article from <em>Architect Magazine</em> wonders what coastal cities will look like after the sea level rises.</p>
March 26, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Operation "Rialto" will lift some Venice buildings up to 3.3 feet in an effort to avoid the negative implications of sea level rise.</p>
March 21, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The vast levee system under construction by the Army Corps of Engineers may not be sufficient to protect New Orleans as the climate continues to change.</p>