NYC Is Actually Building These Radical Storm-Proofing Systems

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy tore into NYC, the city's still not much more prepared than it was then. So news that the Federal government has doled out $540 million to fund a handful of flood-proofing infrastructure projects this week is a welcome surprise. Not to mention that the systems look pretty damn… » 6/04/14 12:00pm 6/04/14 12:00pm

What Happens When Natural Disasters Instantly Change Our Maps?

Pakistan's devastating earthquake this week killed hundreds, with a death toll that's certain to rise. While the country recovers, the world has become fascinated by a geographic side-effect of the disaster: the quake was so powerful that it created a new island in the Arabian Sea. And as of Wednesday morning, people… » 9/26/13 11:40am 9/26/13 11:40am

Why We Don't Design Our Cities to Withstand 1,000-Year Floods

The floods in Colorado are being described as "Biblical," and for once that word seems to fit. Boulder, for example, usually gets around 15 inches of precipitation annually. This year, that amount has fallen in the ten days since September 9 alone. On September 12, they received nine inches in one day. » 9/19/13 11:00am 9/19/13 11:00am

A Flood-Powered Gate That Automatically Raises As the Waters Rise

Deploying the improved infrastructure that will hopefully help prevent future tsunamis from devastating Japan is an expensive endeavour. So researchers across the country are developing new and cheaper ways to protect Japan, like this innovative floodgate that deploys automatically when waters come rushing in—no… » 5/28/13 11:33am 5/28/13 11:33am

The Ingenuity of Thailand During Their Massive Flood Is Very Impressive

I don't want to make light of a tragedy because the floods in Thailand have been worse than imaginable. The flooding has killed over 500 people, caused $5 billion in damage and has been ongoing since mid-summer. It's a sad, sad state of life. But instead of giving up, the people of Thailand are adapting. And it's… » 11/16/11 8:00pm 11/16/11 8:00pm