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  • Sweco to map landslide risks in Gothenburg

    On behalf of the City of Gothenburg’s Urban Planning Office, Sweco is mapping slope stability conditions in a large number of areas in the municipality. This mapping is part of an initiative to adapt the city for future climate changes by preventing landslides and accidents. ”By identifying the risk for landslides it is possible to reduce the risk for property damage and prevent ...


    By Sweco

  • 11th International & 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides

    June 3 - 9, 2012 Banff, AB Canada The Canadian Geotechnical Society, the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the Joint Technical Committee on Landslides (JTC-1) invite you to the 11th International Symposium on Landslides (ISL) and the 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada from June 2 to 8, 2012. The theme of the ...


    By SoilVision Systems Ltd.

  • Voters Give Landslide Approval for Spending on Conservation Nationwide

    Across the nation, voters of all political leanings gave overwhelming approval yesterday to taxing themselves and spending money for new parks in their communities, The Trust for Public Land announced Wednesday.  Of the 57 measures on local and statewide ballots, 46 passed, an approval rate of 81%.  The measures in 21 states will provide more than $2 billion overall, including $767 ...


    By The Trust for Public Land

  • Assessment of landslides using acoustic real-time monitoring

    Researchers at the U.K.'s Loughborough University Civil and Building Engineering department have won the Loughborough Enterprise Awards for Commercialization by demonstrating a technolgy that could save lives around the world and lessen devastation to infrastructure. The one-year project, which is funded by the U.K.'s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is being led by Dr Neil ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Senior UN official calls for urgent measures to mitigate impact of landslides

    Action must be taken to mitigate the impact of landslides such as those triggered recently in parts of East Asia by Typhoon Morakot, which has reportedly buried entire villages and killed scores of people, a senior United Nations official working on disaster risk reduction stressed this week. “As this week’s tragic events in East Asia show once again, people living on unstable slopes and steep ...


    By United Nations

  • Landslide in central China traps 60 people in mining town

    A midnight landslide at a mining community in central China buried several dormitories and homes, leaving more than 60 people missing, local authorities said Wednesday. The provincial government of Shaanxi said 15 dormitories belonging to the Wuzhou Mining Co. were buried along with three homes in the mountainous county of Shanyang, and that ...


    By Associated Press

  • How ecosystems protect communities against natural hazards

    Haiti, one of the poorest and most environmentally degraded countries in the western hemisphere, is one of the many examples in recent times of the crucial role played by ecosystems in reducing disaster risk. Prior to the earthquake in January 2010 which devastated the country, environmental degradation was already a critical challenge, as extensively degraded catchments made Haiti's rural and ...

  • Flash flood wipes Indonesian villages

    A flash flood swept through two villages in the eastern Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara, killing at least 16 people and destroying more than 180 homes, media reports said Thursday. Hours of torrential rain caused rivers in Timor to burst their banks, washing away as many as 182 homes in two villages of the Toianas sub-district in the early hours of Wednesday, VIVAnews online news portal ...

  • Bangladesh flood forecast ignored

    Forecasts of Bangladesh’s current floods were largely ignored by people living in the affected areas, say scientists, exposing gaps in disaster preparedness. At least 100 people died and 250,000 were left homeless when flash floods and landslides that followed torrential rains in Bangladesh in the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • European sensors will monitor radiation, pollution and extreme temperatures

    Wireless sensor networks are currently receiving huge attention as a basic tool to detect emergency events or monitor physical parameters of interest, such as radiation, pollution and extreme temperatures. The WINSOC project, supported by the EU with EUR 2.44 million in funding, is developing innovative sensor networks that mimic biological systems. With these new sensors, the project partners ...

  • Warning on Bulldozing Hills for Chinese Cities

    China's campaign to shave off mountaintops and fill in valleys to make way for cities may come at too high a price in the pollution, soil erosion and flooding unleashed by the unprecedented redistribution of earth, Chinese researchers warned Thursday. Dozens of peaks up to 150 meters (490 feet) tall have been flattened to fill up valleys and create ...


    By Associated Press

  • Reinforcement of soil by plant roots

    Landslides have devastating impacts across the globe resulting in the loss of life and the destruction of billions of dollars in infrastructure. Soil erosion from wind and water threatens food production, pollutes the environment, and can make living in major cities such as Beijing almost unbearable during dust storms. Just like the great dust bowl of the 1930s, many instances of soil erosion and ...

  • Soap opera to tackle climate change

    The producers of the Caribbean's first radio soap opera to address climate change know a thing or two about extreme weather. Recording for the pilot series of My Island, My Community had to be put on hold after Hurricane Tomas destroyed their offices in St Lucia in November. Winds of up to 100mph ripped through the island, leaving 14 people dead and causing landslides and heavy flooding. It's now ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Cache Water Restoration Project

    IEI has been awarded the contract to design and install a SCADA type system for the Cache Water Resoration Project in Logan Utah.  The system will include multiple sites that measure and report flow data, as well as, a few sites that will require the control of gates and valves.  We will be installing the Campbell Scientific micro control system with a 900 MHz radio as the telemetry ...

  • UN seeks to restore Haiti’s weather services to prevent further disasters

    With the rainy season and its flood risks due in April and hurricanes shortly after, Haiti urgently needs operational meteorological services to forestall further disasters after last month’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations weather agency reported today. “In order to prevent potential disasters related to the natural hazards, which the country is prone to, the capacity of Haiti to ...


    By United Nations

  • Balancing urban expansion with biodiversity conservation

    In developing countries economic growth is linked with expansion of urban areas and changes in land use, including conversion of forests to agricultural land. An investigation of the impacts of two neighbouring cities in central Panama has revealed that continued expansion is likely to cause future habitat loss, which in turn could lead to a decline in species diversity. A key factor underpinning ...

  • China Warns of Three Gorges Dam Catastrophe

    WUHAN, Hubei, China, September 26, 2007 (ENS) - Chinese officials and experts have admitted the Three Gorges Dam project has caused an array of ecological ills, including more frequent landslides and pollution, and if preventive measures are not taken, there could be an environmental 'catastrophe.' While the dam has served as a barrier against seasonal flooding threatening the ...

  • New data on soil erosion by water reveals Mediterranean at highest flood risk

    Rainfall is one of the principle causes of soil erosion. It breaks apart soil, dislodges it from its surroundings, and washes it away as runoff. These mechanisms have an effect on how much water the soil may hold, how fast water flows over the soil, and even on the soil depth. In a much broader sense soil erosion can negatively affect vegetation growth and yields, as well as water quality, and ...

  • UN Gears Up to Provide Support to Victims of Nepal Earthquake

    A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal at 11:46 on Saturday 26 April 2015, with its epicenter hitting in Lamjung District. This was followed by dozens of aftershocks including a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 26 April 2015, at 12:54 local time. Assessments are still ongoing but according to the Government of Nepal, the death toll has risen to more than 2,200 people with more than 5,800 people ...

  • UK government to advise public on risk from radioactive waste dumps

    The Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, Sir William Stewart, has announced that the Agency's Board is consulting stakeholders on its proposals to update advice on solid radioactive waste disposal.  Sir William said: “The Health Protection Agency has a remit across the UK for public health protection from potential radiation hazards. This is an important consultative document, prepared by ...


    By Health Protection Agency

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