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Longer Summer Stretches of Drought, Extreme Heat and Flooding Expected in a Warming World, Study Says

The changes could affect health, agriculture and ecosystems, the study suggests.

by |August 19, 2019
Flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Even If You Don’t Live in the Midwest, This Spring’s Floods Could Still Impact You

While the flooding may not have inundated your house, you could still feel its effects in the form of more volatile food prices.

by |May 2, 2019
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Midwestern Floods, Climate Resiliency, and the Green New Deal

Midwestern floods, Western forest fires, and coastal hurricanes are creating a call for climate resilient infrastructure. The Green New Deal is a way to respond to that demand.

by |March 25, 2019
Map of flood disclosure laws.

State Disclosure Laws Leave Homebuyers in the Dark About Flood Risks

New research reveals that nearly half of U.S. states do not have requirements for sellers to disclose a property’s history of flood damages to a homebuyer.

Vanishing Glaciers: The Future of Water in Peru’s High Andes

In the high Andes of Peru, glacial retreat poses a complex set of challenges related to water supply.

by |June 12, 2018

Climate-Related Flooding May Quickly Disrupt Global Trade Chains

Intensifying river floods caused by global warming may hamper national economies worldwide, and effects might propagate through global trade and supply networks, a new study says.

by |May 28, 2018
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Will Climate Change Cause More Glacial Lake Outburst Floods?

When glacial lakes burst, the sudden and intense flooding can be catastrophic for nearby communities. A new study looks at what role climate change plays in these events.

by |May 21, 2018
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Why Do Floods Sometimes Happen on Sunny Days?

Some towns and cities can get soaked even when the skies are dry—and these so-called sunny day floods are on the rise thanks to climate change.

by |November 29, 2017

Contemplating Green Infrastructure in Blue Island, Illinois

Students embark on a field trip to learn about flooding and the challenges of urban resiliency in Chicago and Blue Island, Illinois.

by |October 19, 2017

Palcacocha Icefalls Demonstrate Hazard Vulnerabilities in Peru

In the last week, calving events at Lake Palcacocha in the Peruvian Andes released masses of ice from a glacier on Mount Pucaranra, showing the weakness of the existing infrastructure designed to protect the region from floods.

by |June 12, 2017