Drones provide Colorado flooding assistance until FEMA grounded them

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There has been unbelievable flooding going on in Colorado. The rain has made it difficult (or impossible) for airplanes and helicopters to get in and out of the area. Drones can fly in and out, though, and while they’re not able to pick up people or drop off supplies, they are able to make damage assessment maps to help relief agencies coordinate their efforts. Or at least, they were, until the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) showed up and grounded them. (Video)

 

 

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The Fort Peck Incident revisited

Missour River flood waters shooting out of Oahe Dam at Pierre, SD.

Back in 1998 Futurist Thomas Frey wrote a paper called “The Fort Peck Incident” which outlined the devastating effects that bursting the massive hydroelectric dam located near Fort Peck would have. His scenario at the time revolved around a terrorist plot performing the deed, but the basic concept of the dam bursting is more relevant today than ever.  However, this time it’s not from a foreign terrorist organization but from Mother Nature herself…

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Cotton Cloth Coated in Nanotubes Electrifies Bacteria to Purify Water

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A new view on cleaning water

Fresh, clean, drinkable water is an increasingly rare thing on this planet, especially in places that are suffering through catastrophes like floods or must deal with high levels of pollution without the resources to set up water treatment facilities. But a project from Stanford University researchers could see cheap, simple filtration devices distributed through developing nations. How simple? Well, it’s just a piece of cotton cloth coated in nanotubes that filter out nearly all bacteria at a rate faster than other filtration methods…

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China’s Three Gorges Dam Facing ‘Grim Situation’ as Flood Season Approaches

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Three Gorges Dam

The Ministry of Land and Resources has called for increased efforts to prevent and control potential hazards, such as landslides, in the Three Gorges Dam area as the flood season approaches.   The dam area is currently facing a “grim situation” in trying to prevent and control the potential dangers, Wang Min, vice-minister of Land and Resources, was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying.

 

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Turkish And Chinese Explorers Claim To Have Found Noah’s Biblical Ark‎

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Parts of the Ark Claim

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers said on Monday they believe they may have found Noah’s Ark – four thousand metres up a mountain in Turkey.

The team say they recovered wooden specimens from a structure on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey that carbon dating proved was 4 800 years old, around the same time the ark is said to have been afloat.

“It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s Ark but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,” Yeung Wing-cheung, a Hong Kong documentary filmmaker and member of the 15-strong team from Noah’s Ark Ministries International told AFP…

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Angkor Wat Doomed By Drought, Floods, Suggests Tree Ring Study

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The Unique Skyline of Angkor Wat

The ancient Cambodian capital of Angkor Wat suffered decades of drought interspersed with monsoon lashings that doomed the city six centuries ago, suggests a Monday tree-ring study.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal and led by Brendan Buckley of Columbia University, finds the, “Angkor droughts were of a duration and severity that would have impacted the sprawling city’s water supply and agricultural productivity, while high-magnitude monsoon years damaged its water control infrastructure.”

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World’s Largest Water Pump To Protect New Orleans

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New Orleans sits smack dab between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, and when a hurricane comes rolling in, those bodies of water tend to spill into the streets. This summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started construction on a barrier that can block a 16-foot swell blown in from the Gulf and a massive pumping station that will blast floodwaters back to sea. (Pics)

 

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U.S. Sea Levels Could Rise Significantly Due To Greenland’s Melting Ice

U.S. Sea Levels Could Rise Significantly Due To Greenland’s Melting Ice

An iceberg is pictured in Ilulissat fjord in Greenland

New York, Boston and other cities on North America’s northeast coast could face a rise in sea level this century that would exceed forecasts for the rest of the planet if Greenland’s ice sheet keeps melting as fast as it is now, researchers said on Wednesday.

Sea levels off the northeast coast of North America could rise by 12 to 20 inches more than other coastal areas if the Greenland glacier-melt continues to accelerate at its present pace, the researchers reported.

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Can Twitter Fix an Economy in Crisis?

Can Twitter Fix an Economy in Crisis?

In search of a future for Brentwood, CA … and the U.S. work force

Raymond Alvarez:  Earthquakes, a great flood, fires – seemingly nothing could stop the rocking ’90s and California’s Contra Costa County, an area bounded by high tech companies to the south and industrial giants in the north.

Then came the fourth horseman of the apocalypse, the real estate bust.

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