When it comes to climate change adaptation, the Trump administration isn’t even at the table. So when Trump axed Obama-era standards to prevent new construction in flood-prone areas, especially those threatened by sea level rise, in August, it fit his anti-regulation rhetoric perfectly.
It was a story that was too good to pass up. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault had flooded because of global warming-induced high temperatures melting the surrounding permafrost. But according to one of the vault’s creators, the reports are pretty overblown and everything’s fine. Well, the vault’s fine. The…
One of the most powerful storms ever is hitting populated land right now, and none of the major media networks have live coverage. Let’s assemble the best of social media from the storm, and keep it live right here.
Knowing just how high a river is flooding during severe storms or how empty it gets during a drought is absolutely essential for emergency managers to make informed decisions, but to get that data someone had to brave the rivers.
Flash floods are one of the most powerful and therefor most dangerous things you can encounter outdoors. In this terrifying video, a group of hikers in Maui’s jungle is swept away.
How would your coastline fare in a flood? This flood mapping tool from NOAA answers that question in a remarkably complete way—charting out exactly where sea level rises will hit, what percentage of the area lies in a flood zone, and where storm surges might be expected to bury us in water.
Most scientists discard the possibility of a massive extinction if Earth's magnetic field reverses its current orientation. That hasn't stopped French artist François Ronsiaux from creating these images of one completely crazy and silly apocalyptic scenario: An increase of the sea level to more than 984 feet (300…
It seems that, every time the heavy rain season comes, some Austrians live in a permanent situation of impending disaster. Just look at these homes right next to a flood protection wall that seems about to burst and destroy everything.
About 15,000 years ago, as the latest ice age was winding to a close, glaciers that covered Canada began to melt. Then, one day, those shrinking glaciers unleashed the waters of a lake the size of Lake Huron, which scoured the land from Montana to the Pacific coast. Here's what we know of the great Ice Age flood.
The Balkans are flooding again. While flash floods are already nasty, flooding in areas with landmines have their own horrific twist, amplifying the disaster. A video is making the rounds of social media showing a flash flood in the region, although it's unclear if it's current or from a previous event.
Biblical floods swept through L.A. thanks to a water main break. Rats are overrunning Paris. And games—those dangerous diversions!—are being outlawed Seville, Spain. Hmm, does this sound like the end of days to anyone else? It's a Revelations-themed look at What's Ruining Our Cities!
Following massive rainfalls in Misiones, Argentina, and Santa Catarina and Paraná, Brazil, the famous Iguazú Falls are now overflowing, carrying 46,300 cubic meters per second—33 times the usual water flow rate. The images and video are unbelievable. I hope you have your arks ready, my friends.
This five-minute flash flood happened in Doboj, a city in the Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The video below hasn't been accelerated. Events occur in real time.*
Rainfall that usually takes three months dumped in just three days over the Balkan Peninsula this month. The result is devastating floods and thousands of landslides. To make everything just that much worse, the floods are also exposing landmines and washing away warning signs.
Today is World Water Day, a time to think about how water interacts with the environment. Too much water leads to floods and landslides; too little water results in droughts. Better predictions of when either situation is going to occur will reduce risk through better disaster preparation, in turn making everyone…
A massive storm paired with high tides flooded parts of Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this week. MODIS captured photos of the region on February 22nd, and again on March 6th. The dramatic change in water colour off-shore is the result of loose sediment washing into the city and into the ocean.
An entire drowned city has become the world's most mind-boggling scuba-diving attraction. Consider booking a trip to Qiandao Lake, China, where you can wreck-dive a 1,800-year old flooded metropolis.
Photographer Louis Helbig is archiving aerial views of Canadian villages drowned by the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway on his website Sunken Villages. The photos are haunting and gorgeous, almost emerald-like, but often difficult to read. Outlines of houses and roads barely emerge from the silt like scenes…
This stunning image of Mars shows how massive floods once carved an intricate system of channels into the surface of the red planet.
Although the album was released about eight months before the cartoon premiered, They Might Be Giants' Flood will probably forever be best associated with the Warner Brothers/Amblin Entertainment animated series: Tiny Toon Adventures. If you grew up in the 1990s, it's all but impossible to not picture Plucky Duck…