Water On Earth: Floods, Droughts And Prediction

Today is World Water Day, a time to think about how water interacts with the environment. Too much water leads to floods and landslides; too little water results in droughts. Better predictions of when either situation is going to occur will reduce risk through better disaster preparation, in turn making everyone… » 3/22/14 7:19pm 3/22/14 7:19pm

This Argentinian tourist village sat underwater for 25 years

In the 1970s, Villa Epecuén, a tourist village on Lago Epecuén in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, had a population of more 5,000 with 300 thriving businesses and tens of thousands of annual visitors. However, wet weather patterns caused Lago Epecuén and on November 10, 1985, the nearby dam broke, starting a gradual… » 12/23/12 1:00pm 12/23/12 1:00pm

Waterworld Will Be Arriving Faster Than You Think

Waterworld, the Kevin Costner eco-disaster flick that flopped at the box office, turns out to be a lot more prescient than most well-made scifi flicks. Many highly-populated areas of the world that were once safely on dry land have become perpetual flood zones and could slip underwater any year now. For example,… » 5/07/08 3:15pm 5/07/08 3:15pm

New York City Destroyed. London, You're Next!

New York City has been hammered on by both I Am Legend and Cloverfield, as well as a slew of other films. It's been flooded, frozen, ravaged by viruses, and pummeled by monsters. But London has gotten off rather lightly, having merely been hit by one supervirus in 28 Days Later and the sometimes wonky special effects… » 1/18/08 12:10pm 1/18/08 12:10pm