2.9.11

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Sidewalk Rating: Peak Vitality

If climate change is a hammer to the Dutch, the head's coming down more or less where we live. Rotterdam sits astride a plain that absorbs the Scheldt, Meuse, and Rhine outflows, and what we're facing is a troika of rising sea level, peak river dischargers, and extreme weather events. We've got the jewel of our water defenses – the staggeringly massive water barriers at Maeslant and Dordrecht, and the rest of the Delta Works – ready to shut off the North Sea during the next cataclysmic storm, but what are we to do when that coincides with the peak river discharges? Sea levels are leaping up, our ground is subsiding, it's raining harder and more often, and our program of managed flooding – Make Room for the Rivers – was overwhelmed long ago. The dunes and dikes at eleven locations from Ter Heijde to Westkapelle no longer meet what we decided would be the minimum safety standards. Temporary emergency measures are starting to be known to the public as Hans Brinkers.
-Jim Shepard, from “The Netherlands Lives with Water” in You Think That's Bad

 [Do not touch the State Fair reptile.]



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2 Mankato girls in pjs take stolen goat for walk

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Teresa Tryon said, "On August 25th my 10 year daughter arrived home via police officer, requested to speak to me on the front porch of my home. The officer informed me that in his 'judgement' it was unsafe for my daughter to ride her bike to school."

[Fm. Bike Walk Tennessee.]


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