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The upcoming expansion of Changi Airport will take place on higher ground to guard against rising sea levels, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.

The reclaimed land on which it will stand will be built up to provide a buffer that will withstand more than the projected 18-inch (46cm) rise in sea levels in the next 100 years, he told Singapore reporters.

Mr Lee cited the move when elaborating on what Singapore will do to mitigate the threat of climate change, a key point of his address earlier in the day at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit.

As a low-lying island state, Singapore takes climate change seriously and will do its part to ease its impact, he told leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations and South Korean President Park Geun Hye at the summit in Busan.

Mr Lee urged all sides to work together to tackle this threat as well as diseases, natural disasters and terrorism. These “non-traditional security issues” required a global response, he said.

Hence, for the United Nations climate change conference in Paris next year, when 196 nations will meet to sign an agreement, Mr Lee wants ASEAN and South Korea to join hands in advancing negotiations at the meeting. “

(Such cooperation) will help to ensure a stable and peaceful region that continues to prosper for the benefit of our people,” he said.

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Published on Feb 8, 2014

Published on Oct 31, 2014

The Gales of November have come early to Chicago!

A massive storm with strong north winds has caused storm surge and huge waves on Lake Michigan.

Video shot at Lake Shore Drive and Division, near Oak Street Beach.


Apocalyptic weather in Chicago on Halloween as giant waves crash onto the shores of Lake Superior. (Source)

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September 25, 2014

A man’s body has been found partially buried in a pile of sand at Vancouver’s Wreck Beach Wednesday night.

Sgt. Drew Grainger with UBC RCMP says a beach-goer found saw two human feet protruding from the sand around 4 p.m. in the area between trails 4 and 6, and called the police.

Officers attended and confirmed a deceased person was buried under a significant amount of sand.

Grainger says it appears the person was camping in the area, known to be an active landslide zone.

The speculation is that a significant slab of sand came off the cliff face and likely buried and suffocated the victim.

At this point, the incident looks purely accidental, according to police.

Grainger says the landslide could have happened at some point during last week.

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Sept 14 2014

V povsem poplavljeni Kostanjevici na Krki se je Krka sredi dneva začela počasi umikati. Krkina gladina se odtlej spušča za približno do dva centimetra na uro, do ponedeljka pa naj bi se toliko umaknila, da bodo lahko v mestu začeli s čiščenjem. Krka upada tudi na območju Šentjerneja, v obeh občinskih središčih pa v ponedeljek ne bo šolskega pouka.

Poveljnik kostanjeviške civilne zaščite Robert Zagorc je za STA povedal, da je na kostanjeviškem otoku poplavljenih 45 hiš, danes popoldne pa so reševali predvsem tovarno kopalniškega pohištva Lipa metliške Kolpe v tamkajšnjem obrtno-industrijskem območju, ki jo je ogrožala zaledna voda iz bližnjega Krakovskega gozda.

Kaže, da bodo tovarno uspeli ohraniti suho. V civilni zaščiti pričakujejo, da se bo voda z otoka ponoči delno umaknila in bodo lahko v ponedeljek začeli s čiščenjem, pri katerem jim bo pomagalo tudi 50 vojakov, je dodal.

Poplave, ki so prizadele vzhodni del Slovenije, so nastale zaradi velikih količin padavin ob predhodni namočenosti zemlje, je za STA danes pojasnil hidrolog z agencije za okolje Nejc Pogačnik. Za prihodnje dni glede na vremensko napoved pričakuje večinoma umiritev hidroloških razmer, najdlje se bodo visoke vode zadržale v Prekmurju. … …


Translated by Google:

The completely flooded Kostanjevica the Krka in the middle of the day began to slowly recede. Krka level since then descends to about two centimeters per hour, Monday should be withdrawn so that they can be in the city started cleaning. Krka also declining in the area Sentjernej in both municipal centers on Monday will be the school year.

Commander Robert Kostan- civil protection Zagorc told STA that is Kostanjevica island flooded 45 houses this afternoon are solved mainly factory bathroom furniture Lipa Metliška Kupa at the local craft-industrial area that was threatened back-water from the nearby forest Krakovski.

… The floods that hit the eastern part of Slovenia, caused by heavy rainfall the previous wetting the soil, STA today Hydrology explained by the Environment Agency Nejc Pogacnik. For the coming days depending on the weather forecast expects mostly calm hydrological conditions, the longest will be the high-water retained in Prekmurje.

The rise of Krka, which is a Saturday afternoon in fully flooded Kostanjevica island, the night halt. Water broke into houses, civil protection was provided for the accommodation of the inhabitants, who wished, while others remained in their houses. The water level was at a few centimeters lower than the flood of 2010.

In Kostanjevica they can begin to tackle the consequences only when the water withdrew. Expected to be withdrawn may already afternoon or later, has been evaluated by the master.

The National Environmental Agency (EARS) is the area of the Krka River Basin for today declared a red degree weather threat, they will Krka and its movements have flooded a large scale.

Young Slovenian actress and her cousin lost lives

Firefighters this morning in the area of Vrana found the body of 30-year-old driver of the vehicle service combined AMZS, STA spokeswoman confirmed … The accident killed a 17-year-old girl from the area Žalec. It’s a young Slovenian actress Lara Safran, which is the youth feature film role for Emo played a major role. Today they are dead even find her cousin Miha Baloh.

“Shocked and sad to announce that the fatal accident actress upcoming, youth, Slovenian Film Role for Emo, seventeen Lara Safran and her cousin Miha Baloh. Both were on their way to young people the message of prevention and education in road safety and itself become a victim, “the filmmakers application for Emo wrote on the social network facebook.

“The role of the premiere of the film will be Emo, as it was announced, because they both decided Larini parents because they always know and feel that this role of daughter to fulfill a large, hidden desires, and we wanted to herself, “they wrote.

Drove in the stream

According to our knowledge to Miha yesterday, around 6 am, when the visibility due to heavy rains and generally unfavorable weather conditions, extremely poor vehicle truck on a local road, in the direction of the regional road to safe driving AMZS Center Vrana. At the bridge, where a strong storm … carriage way and destroy the bridge, he drove into the stream.

In the morning, approximately one mile from the accident site in the riverbed Bolska find empty severely damaged vehicle and then around 13 hours a dead Emo, who was companion in the vehicle. This morning in a search campaign, about 50 meters higher than where they were yesterday found the vehicle still find the body of her 30-year-old cousin, stuck in the branches still swollen streams.

In the tragic event are two deceased colleague in a press release in the Automobile Association of Slovenia (AMZS). Employees are also grateful to the locals, volunteers, fire fighters, police officers and all who have participated in the search campaign.


… unnecessary deaths… if they knew they would stay at home. People have to know!

An erosion bank by the coast, 4–6 m high, created by backflow of water from the flatland SE of Víti.



The rockslide which occurred in Askja 21 July 2014 and descended into the caldera lake is one of the largest known rockslides since the settlement of Iceland (see preliminary results).

The slide triggered a tsunami in the lake that washed up on the lakeshores all around the lake, reaching up to 20–30 m and even higher in places. The wave travelled farthest around 400 m into the flatland SE of the crater Víti.

It was fortunate that the rockslide occurred late at night and nobody was close to the water, otherwise it would have been extremely hazardous. A few hours earlier, tens of people were at the lakeshore who might not have been able to escape the tsunami.

There were no eyewitnesses to the slide, but members of a search- and rescue team saw a white plume rise up above Askja at 23:27. The steam plume was created when the slide exposed shallow geothermal areas in the release area. In addition, a dust cloud created by the rock slide may have contributed to the plume.

Askja consists of 3–4 calderas. The youngest one hosts Lake Öskjuvatn and was formed over a period of 30 years after an eruption in 1875. Before that, Öskjuvatn did not exist and, therefore, the rims of the caldera are geologically a very young area. Such slopes are more unstable than slopes in older landscape. It is clear from geological evidence that rockslides similar to the one that fell in July 2014 have been released before from the rims of Askja, although people have not noticed them.

Further rockslides in Askja should, therefore, be expected within the next years, decades or centuries. Consequently, travel near the lake is associated with a certain risk. A person by the lake that notices a landslide should move immediately up the hill and away from the lake. It takes a tsunami wave about 1–2 minutes to travel across the lake and sound takes about 10 sec to cover that distance. Thus, people have a very short time to escape if a big rockslide is released from the other side of the lake.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office and the University of Iceland have compiled a collective memo with the preliminary results of observations of this largest rockslide since the settlement of Iceland. These results are presented on the web with photos, maps, graphs and thorough explanations.


Published on Aug 4, 2014

July 29, 2014

Lakefront cottage owners gathered Tuesday to discuss next steps.

“Because we are where we are, we’ve fallen through the cracks and I don’t think we deserve to fall through the cracks,” said Jodi Dillabough.

“No pun intended,” one of her neighbours pointed out.

“No, you’re right, no pun intended,” she said. Their cabins have literally fallen through large crevasses in the earth, which keep expanding. An evacuation notice was given June 30th to nine cottage owners after a devastating landslide, caused by erosion and heavy rainfall, made the buildings unsafe.

Cabins teetered on the brink of falling into the lake. Now, a month later, they have begun to collapse. Still, they’ve received no support from the province. Owners have reached out to the Water Security Agency and their local MLA. Insurance doesn’t cover landslides, but since the situation is so extreme, they hope the province can come forward with some sort of compensation or at least assistance to clean up the mess.

“We’ve been talking to the council, which is just three people. It’s a small resort staff so they don’t have any engineers or technical staff working for them,” explained owner Gerry Lucik.

Meanwhile, owner Jane Howie explained the emotions being felt by the community: “It’s like losing a part of you. As a kid, I grew up here. My nieces and nephews grew up here and it’s really, really sad.”

They’re not blood relatives, but the owners are all very close. Howie added, “It’s beach family. These cottage owners have been down here for over 40 years.”

The Wasnik family was one of the last to arrive Tuesday to some of the worst damage so far. Their cottage was the first to give way and completely collapse.

“You’re not going to knock the bottom three feet of the Gyprock off and replace it. This is done. You ain’t fixing this,” said Bryan Wasnik.

We have nothing left. We have no land to rebuild,” said Wasnik’s sister, Brenda Miller, through tears.

All they can do is console each other as they wait to hear from the province.



July 27th, 2014

Informal settlers living along eight major waterways in Metro Manila are being relocated to safer communities at 200 families every week as part of the government’s flood-control initiatives, according to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas.

The relocation of informal settler families from the slums of Metro Manila to government relocation sites offers beneficiaries of Oplan Likas renewed hope for a better life,” Roxas said in a statement on Saturday.

Oplan Likas, which stands for “Lumikas para Ligtas sa Kalamidad at Sakit,” aims to transfer some 100,000 families living in danger zones to government housing projects in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.

Since the project started last year, Roxas said, a total of 25,000 families had been moved to relocation sites outside the capital.

The Interior secretary expressed confidence that the experience of former slum dwellers who agreed to be transferred to government relocation sites would convince other informal settlers to “start a new life in safer, better communities elsewhere.”

On Friday, Roxas joined Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto and Pasay Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano in a “send-off ceremony” for 98 families who used to live along Estero Tripa de Gallina in Barangay 156.

The families agreed to move to a relocation site of the National Housing Authority in Barangay Hugo Perez, Trece Martirez City, in Cavite.

Saying state housing projects were located near industrial zones in the provinces, Roxas maintained that there would be job opportunities for the relocated residents.

He said the housing project in Cavite, for example, was built “according to national standards,” and has water and power supply, as well as a school building.


Published on Jul 7, 2014

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