The image shows how the Netherlands is trying to prevent flooding due to the rise in sea level. There are several projects going on, which try to prevent flooding, especially in areas with a high population density.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The earth's environmental systems "are being pushed towards their biophysical limits," beyond which loom sudden, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes, the United Nations Environment Program warned Wednesday.
BARAHBISE, Nepal, Looking at the swirling grey waters of the Bhote Koshi River, Ratna Kaji remembers when it turned into a "monster," leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.
"It came down roaring, washed away homes and people when they were sleeping," the 77-year-old said of the 1996 flood, caused by a massive landslide that blocked the river which eventually gushed out by breaking its mud wall.
"People had hardly any time to gather their belongings."
* Rising population, development put more in harm's way
* Policymakers urged to act in next few decades
* Less emphasis on mitigation, more on cutting risk
By David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko
March 28 (Reuters) - A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change.
MARSEILLE, France (AlertNet) - Water must be used more efficiently and its waste reduced if the world is to meet rising food demand from a fast-expanding population amid the pressures of climate change, experts have said ahead of World Water Day.
Marked each year on March 22, the United Nations hopes the 2012 event will focus attention on water's critical role in feeding the world.