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Nasa forecast: Which cities will flood as ice melts?

Nasa forecast: Which cities will flood as ice melts?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists. It looks at the Earth's spin and gravitational effects to predict how water will be "redistributed" globally. "This provides, for each city, a picture of which glaciers, ice sheets, [and] ice caps are of specific importance," say the researchers. The tool has been developed by scientists at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Their findings are published in the journal Science Advances. Senior scientist Dr Erik Ivins said: "As cities and countries attempt to build plans to mitigate flooding, they have to be thinking about 100 years in the future and they want to assess risk in the same way that insurance companies do."...
Houston flood: Trump visits Texas amid 'epic' rainfall

Houston flood: Trump visits Texas amid 'epic' rainfall

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceUS President Donald Trump is visiting Texas as the state struggles amid record rainfall from a massive storm.He and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Corpus Christi, where Hurricane Harvey first made landfall on Friday.Governor Greg Abbott said he wanted the president to understand the enormous challenges that Texans faced.Unprecedented flooding has driven thousands of people from their homes, particularly in the Houston area where two dams are overflowing.At least 15 people are reported to have died, including six members of the same family whose van was swept away by rising floodwater, and a man in his 60s who apparently drowned while trying to swim to safety. Rescuers are still trying to reach others that remain stranded after the hurricane, no...
Most homes in Hurricane Harvey's path don't have flood insurance

Most homes in Hurricane Harvey's path don't have flood insurance

Finance
NOAA: Days of miserable weather aheadMost homes in the path of Hurricane Harvey don't have the flood insurance that owners would need to rebuild if their homes are damaged or destroyed. Standard homeowners insurance policies cover damage from the high winds that are associated with a hurricane, but they don't cover damage from rain or flood waters, such as storm surges or overflowing rivers. But the National Hurricane Center is forecasting up to 35 inches of rain in some locations by the middle of next week due to the storm, which could bring flooding far beyond the Texas coastline. Related: Hurricane Harvey could cause $ 40 billion worth of damage to Texas homes Figures from the National Flood Insurance Program show that only 15% of homes in Harris Country, which includes Houston, have fl...