New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.

The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).

Paris agreement

The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.

Last year it was ratified by 193 countries.

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Gas leak Aliso mega impact

Gas leak Aliso mega impact

According to the researcher, the gas leak will have a substantial impact on the emission targets of the State of California. The effect of the emitted methane will continue for years.

According tot researchers in Science, the gas leak in the gas storage plant in Aliso Canyon (Los Angeles – USA) lost as much methane as an average EU country’s annual emissions like the Netherlands.

It’s the largest methane leak in the history of the US.

This leak can be compared with the environmental disaster of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Read More

Gas leak near Los Angeles: milieu disaster can go on for months

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The added mercaptan gas gives much health problems for local residents (headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness and coughing)

Since October 23, a gas leak near Los Angeles, loses 1.7 million cubic meters of methane daily!

The leak will continue until early March 2016.

This leak can be compared with the environmental disaster of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Read More

Shell stopped drilling in the Arctic, this is why

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Protest Greenpeace ‘Save the Arctic’ with LEGO For the last few years Shell has been using LEGOs brand to clean up its image as an Arctic oil driller. 16 million Shell branded LEGO sets have been sold or given away at petrol stations in 26 countries.

Shell has surprised the world, ceasing the oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea above Alaska.

The decision was announced last Monday at 7 am: the last day of the exploration permit in the Arctic.

The decision has been made by 3 arguments:

  1. very disappointing results of exploratory drilling
  2. low oil prices
  3. ‘uncertainties’ from future governments and lawmakers

The last two sound the most convincing. The first argument ain’t. What’s going on?

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Shell is playing with fire in pool area in Alaska

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Arctic drillship Discoverer is on its way to the Chukchi Sea

Oil extraction Chukchi Sea Shell is desperately searching for new oil and gas fields, but must stay away from the Chukchi Sea.

29 vessels Shell have recently arrived at the drilling site in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska to drill for oil.

During the summer periods, this sea is regularly free of ice, but the storm frequency has increased and the wave activity has increased by the melting of the sea ice. Read More

Dutch Water Experts in worldwide Flood Team

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA's campus

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA’s campus

Dutch Flood Experts will join an international flood crisis team during flood disasters.

This special stuffed facility can provide quick and efficient help during the first phase after a major disaster.

They will give flood advices to bring people to safety. Read More

Japan transforms to a ‘hydrogen society’

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Japan leads the race for a hydrogen

After Fukushima, Japan (and Germany) changed it’s energy policy drastic. No nucleair energy any more for this country.

They now focus on hydrogen as a way to transform to a hydrogen society.  Read More

Lego ends Shell partnership

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Greenpeace activists also targeted Legoland in Windsor by dressing as Lego figures, while the campaign video, entitled “Everything is not awesome” attracted 5.9m views.

Lego will not renew its marketing contract with Shell after coming under sustained pressure from Greenpeace to end a partnership that dates to the 1960s.
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Earthquakes, river flooding, cyclones and tsunamis: world’s 10 riskiest cities

CHILE EARTHQUAKE

Powerful quake hits Chile, sparks 2-metre tsunami april 2014

What are the world’s riskiest cities when it comes to natural disasters? A reinsurance company set out to assess 616 cities around the world for their risk of earthquake, hurricanes and cyclones, storm surge, river flooding and tsunami. Here are Swiss Re’s overall top 10 most risky cities.  Read More