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Scientists Warn About Outdated Flood Risk Maps

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July 9, 2013
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New Brunswick is slowly updating its maps that outline communities that are located in flood-prone areas, according to scientists.


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Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 13, 2012) American conservationist Kristine Tompkins and her husband Douglas have bought 263,000 hectares of land from Argentinian farmers in order to create a national park. But Chile's energy sector wants to produce hydroelectricity on the same land. A consortium plans to build five dams and flood large areas of land to produce hydroelectric power. Kris and Doug Tompkins are battling against Chilean politicians and ranchers. In the past 20 years, the couple has created a total of 11 nature preserves in South America for about 250 million dollars. Selfless commitment or checkbook tourism?
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Bloomberg: NYC Is Prepping for Warming World

Bloomberg: NYC Is Prepping for Warming World

AP (June 11, 2013) The projections paint an unsettling picture of New York's future: A city where by the 2050s, 800,000 people could be living in a flood zone that would cover a quarter of the land, and as many 90-degree days as is now normal for Birmingham, Alabama.
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In Borneo Jungle, Natives Stand Up Against Malaysian Dams

In Borneo Jungle, Natives Stand Up Against Malaysian Dams

AFP (Nov. 26, 2013) Indigenous people in Borneo rise up against the construction of a mega dam which threatens to flood 200 square kilometres of precious rainforest and hundreds of villages.
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