Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cars cause this

China floods force mass evacuation - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English: "More than 120,000 people have been evacuated in Liaoning, a�province in�northeast China�hit by flooding caused by heavy rains.

The floods�have caused four deaths in China so far and forced thousands of people in neighbouring North Korea to relocate.

China's state media said 94,000 people were evacuated from Dandong alone after heavy rain caused the Yalu river to breach its banks, flooding low-lying parts of the northern city."

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sprawl causes climate change AND makes it worse

MANILA (AFP) – Climate change may be playing a part in record rains ravaging Asia but environment experts say the destruction of ecosystems is more directly to blame for the severity of killer floods.

Widespread deforestation, the conversion of wetlands to farms or urban sprawl and the clogging up of natural drainage systems with garbage are just some of the factors exacerbating the impacts of the floods, they say.... Yahoo!News