When Bangkok floods (and it floods a lot), this park does something amazing

This oasis of green in the hyper-developed city has an important job: it can contain one million gallons of water. Here’s how.

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When Bangkok floods (and it floods a lot), this park does something amazing

How artificial intelligence could help prevent natural disasters

High resolution imaging and increasingly advanced sensor technologies are allowing us to ever-more-closely monitor the world around us. Now we can use artificial intelligence and machine learning to update these maps in almost real-time, meaning we always have the latest and most accurate data. As this technology is becoming more affordable, environmental organisations are using it's processing power to generate live flood risk maps at unprecedented resolution. The hope is to one day have 'live dashboards' with computers constantly monitoring changes to help plan land use and issue warnings. 

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How artificial intelligence could help prevent natural disasters

Missing 1.5°C warming target will cost $14 trillion in floods

Floods caused by rising sea levels could cost as much as $14 trillion if we fail to keep global warming below 2°C.

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Missing 1.5°C warming target will cost $14 trillion in floods

Elevated hand pumps supply clean water during floods

Flood resilient handpumps in Nepal give communities access to clean, safe water during the monsoon.

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Elevated hand pumps supply clean water during floods

Flood warnings save lives across boundaries

Trans-boundary flood early warning systems have the potential to save thousands of lives across Asia.  This example - presented by Practical Action and the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - shows the potential impact of a warning system between Nepal and India in the Mahakali river basin. 

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Flood warnings save lives across boundaries
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