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When the Prince of Wales Is Your Landlord

NY Times - Fri, 2020-01-24 14:12
On England’s southwestern coast, a community built by the Duchy of Cornwall is attracting residents who have bought into Prince Charles’s housing philosophy.

Maps and community are key to flood management

Futurity.org - Fri, 2020-01-24 14:09

Community collaboration and high-resolution maps are key to effective flood risk management, according to a new study.

Researchers report a new process called “collaborative flood modeling” can successfully address the increasing threat of rising waters due to climate change, aging infrastructure, and rapid urban development.

“The impacts of flooding continue to escalate in the US and around the world, and the main culprit is urban growth in harm’s way, with communities underprepared to deal with extreme events that are getting more intense in a warming climate,” says Brett Sanders, professor of civil & environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and lead author of the paper in the journal Earth’s Future.

“Our approach rests on making modern flood simulation technologies accessible and useful to everyone within at-risk communities.”

Collaborative flood management

Researchers put the method into practice during the Flood-Resilient Infrastructure & Sustainable Environments project. Beginning in 2013, FloodRISE teams worked in two Southern California coastal areas at risk of flooding—Newport Bay and the Tijuana River Valley—gathering data, conducting surveys, and holding face-to-face meetings with residents.

The technique showed considerable traction in the two regions. For example, following focus group meetings, Newport Beach managers asked FloodRISE engineers for flood elevation datasets to integrate into the geographic information systems the planning department uses.

And after joint sessions in the Tijuana River Valley, San Diego County officials called for additional flood hazard modeling related to proposed dredging, and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve authorities requested flood hazard information related to a planned road realignment and marsh restoration project.

Collaborative flood modeling combines the experiences and concerns of residents, landowners, government officials, and business leaders with the knowledge and technological capabilities of academic researchers to foster a shared understanding of flood risk.

A crucial element of any such effort is the iterative development of high-resolution flood maps, or visualizations, based on hydrologic models and the insights of people who have lived through past floods.

“When we integrate what people in vulnerable communities have learned with the expertise of civil engineers and social scientists, we create more accurate and more functional flood maps customized for the specific needs of a community,” says Richard Matthew, professor of urban planning & public policy and faculty director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation.

“This takes us away from the one-size-fits-all approach to flood mapping that’s widely in use today. We also found that residents gain a much deeper and more shared awareness of flooding through these highly detailed maps. This is critical for stimulating productive dialogue and deliberation about how to manage risks.”

Skip the technical jargon

Collaborative flood modeling exercises such as those conducted through FloodRISE open flood-related decision-making to diverse groups of constituents, giving them helpful insights into the spatial extent, intensity, timing, chance, and consequences of flooding, Sanders says.

Researchers designed the approach to complement the flood insurance program administered the Federal Emergency Management Agency administers so that a wide range of planning, land use, and behavioral choices come from the best available science in the form of intuitive and accurate flood simulations.

“We have tried to focus on eliminating much of the technical terminology from our discussions with community members,” Sanders says. “We advocate a bottom-up alternative to what has become a top-down process of flood hazard mapping filled with technical jargon that’s short-circuiting important contemplation and dialogue about flooding.”

Communities have embraced the new process, Sanders says. “Existing maps that depict flood risks are difficult to interpret, with cryptic classifications such as ‘Zone X’ and ‘Zone VE.’ We found that communities were eager to have access to this more intuitive and useful information and were quick to adopt it, especially for planning and land management purposes.”

“Our next step is to combine these powerful visualization tools with socioeconomic data to anticipate how different types of severe flooding are likely to affect poor communities in California and then co-develop with them risk management strategies,” Matthew adds. “This is critical if we want to try to avoid the enormous and long-term devastation we’ve seen when large flood events affect poorer communities on the East Coast.”

The National Science Foundation funded the FloodRISE project.

Source: UC Irvine

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YG arrested on robbery charges

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-24 14:05
Rapper YG was arrested early Friday morning at his Southern California home on robbery charges, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Americans still divided on Trump’s removal from office, but a strong economy is boosting his approval rating, Post-ABC poll finds

Washington Post - Fri, 2020-01-24 14:00
Two-thirds say the Senate should hear testimony from new witnesses in the impeachment trial.

Pence ranges far from home — and far away from impeachment — on foreign trip

Washington Post - Fri, 2020-01-24 14:00
The vice president never brought up the crisis engulfing President Trump unprompted, addressing it only when asked about the topic during media interviews.

Bolsonaro’s War on Truth

NY Times - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:53
Brazil is mired in an endless drama, while its government is bringing democracy to the brink.

34 US service members have traumatic brain injuries after Iran strike

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:39
Thirty-four US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, Pentagon spokesman Jonathon Hoffman said Friday.

Is there still a reason to own an individual stock?

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:34
The stock market has been on fire for the past year and keeps hitting new record highs. So who needs fund managers to pick individual stocks?

China locks down 35M people as US confirms second coronavirus case

Ars - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:30

Enlarge / SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 24: Disinfection workers wearing protective gear spray anti-septic solution in a train terminal amid rising public concerns over the spread of China's Wuhan Coronavirus at SRT train station on January 24, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (credit: Getty | Chung Sung-Jun)

An outbreak of a never-before-seen coronavirus continued to dramatically escalate in China this week, with case counts reaching into the 800s and 26 deaths reported by Chinese health officials.

To try to curb the spread of disease, China has issued travel restrictions in the central city of Wuhan, where the outbreak erupted late last month, as well as many nearby cities, including Huanggang, Ezhou, Zhijiang, and Chibi. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, and train, bus, and subway services have been suspended. Collectively, the travel restrictions and frozen public transportation have now locked down an estimated 35 million residents in the region.

So far, all of the outbreak-related deaths and nearly all of the cases have been in China, but the viral illness has appeared in travelers in several other countries. That includes Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and the US.

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Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it

Ars - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:27

Enlarge / This is the exact moment in the goop lab's third episode in which Gwyneth Paltrow admits she doesn't know the difference between a vagina and a vulva. She's making a hand gesture to say what she thought the "vagina" was. (credit: Netflix)

With the goop lab hitting Netflix today, January 24th, we've resurfaced this review (originally published January 17th). And as we originally said, this review contains detailed information about the Netflix series with Gwyneth Paltrow. If you plan to watch the show (please, don't) and do not wish to know details in advance, this is not the review for you. Normally, we would refer to such information as "spoilers," but in our editorial opinion, nothing in this series is spoil-able.

In the third episode of Goop's Netflix series, a female guest remarks that we women are seen as "very dangerous when we're knowledgeable." [Ep. 3, 33:35]

"Tell me about it," Gwyneth Paltrow knowingly replies amid "mm-hmms"—as if she has a first-hand understanding of this.

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Democrats may not have enough votes to call for witnesses.

NY Times - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:26
Even Democrats were not optimistic there had been a breakthrough to persuade enough Republicans that they needed to hear from live witnesses.

Neil Young is a US citizen after he says his love of weed delayed application

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:25
Neil Young has officially become a "Canarican" after his citizenship application was delayed for months because he smoked weed, he said.

A rookie firefighter delivered a baby on his very first call

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:18
A firefighter in Yonkers, New York, had an exciting first night on the job when he delivered a woman's baby girl.

Social media video appears to show desperate patients in Wuhan

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:14
Social media videos appear to show patients overcrowd hospitals in Wuhan -- a city under partial lockdown -- due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. CNN's David Culver reports.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.3 Update to Developers

MacRumors - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:12
Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS 10.15.3 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the second beta and more than a month after releasing the macOS Catalina 10.15.2 update.

The new ‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌ beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.

We don't yet know what improvements the third update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ will bring, but it will likely focus on performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be fixed in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.2 update.

‌macOS Catalina‌‌ 10.15.3 has code in it that suggests a new "Pro Mode" is coming to Apple's Macs. Pro Mode appears to be an optional setting that overrides fan speed limits and energy saving restrictions to improve performance. The code says that apps "may run faster" but battery life could decrease and fan noise could increase.

It's not entirely clear if Pro Mode is coming to Macs in the 10.15.3 release, but the code is there so it is a possibility.

We didn't find any other major new changes in the first two betas of ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.3, but we'll update this post if there's anything new in the third beta.

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Is it safe to travel amid the outbreak?

CNN - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:01
Much is still unknown about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and health officials are urging vigilance.

Tougher Huawei Restrictions Stall After Defense Department Objects

NY Times - Fri, 2020-01-24 12:57
Proposed changes to further limit American shipments to Huawei have been delayed amid arguments they could backfire.

E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

NY Times - Fri, 2020-01-24 12:52
The agency is allowing cities to delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems. 
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