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Heavy rain and flooding prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency Tuesday. Erin Donalson / Getty Images

Heavy rain and flooding in Hawaii have collapsed bridges, forced evacuations, destroyed homes and prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency Tuesday.

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A man uses a handmade boat to reach his flooded home in Sriwulan village, Sayung sub-district of Demak regency, Central Java, Indonesia on Feb. 2, 2018. Eko Siswono Toyudho / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Close to half a billion people could be in the path of sea level rise by 2100, a first-of-its-kind analysis has shown.

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While many homeowners are switching to solar power to help reduce or even eliminate month-to-month utility costs, there's no arguing that the startup cost of solar panels can be high. One way to save money upfront is with DIY solar panels, but is the challenge of building your own system worth what you save on installation costs?

In this article, we'll take a closer look at the pros and cons of DIY solar panel installation, including important safety factors and whether it's really guaranteed to save you money.

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Residents are rescued amid flood waters following Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 30, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana (not included in the study). JAMES NIELSEN / AFP via Getty Images

Homes in redlined neighborhoods are 25% more likely to be flooded, according to a report from the real estate firm Redfin.

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A cyclist rides through the flooded street during heavy rain and wind as tropical storm Eta approaches the south of Florida, in Miami, Florida on November 9, 2020. CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP / Getty Images

By Julia Conley

Although more than 90% of cities around the world report facing risks of flooding, drought, extreme weather, and other hazards due to the climate crisis, nearly half of the cities in a new survey reported that they have no plans in place to adapt to the planetary emergency, with one in four citing budgetary constraints for their inability to confront the crisis.

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A large North Carolina farm flooded during Hurricane Florence. Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. / Flickr

By Cameron Oglesby

As North Carolina heads into another hurricane season, some residents and organizations fear the stormy season will again flood communities with hog waste.

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NOAA GOES Image Viewer on Jan. 28, 2021

Exceptionally heavy rain caused debris flows and flash flooding that damaged as many as two dozen homes and buildings in California's Salinas Valley on Wednesday.

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Kids play on a flooded Arizona Avenue on October 4, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images

The threat to affordable housing from flooding driven by climate change will likely triple in the next 30 years, new research shows.

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A local fisherman paddles a traditional raft made from reeds past one of the submerged buildings of the Soi Lodge on the shores of Lake Baringo, where rising water levels have seen the lake surface area expand to occupy elevated ground surrounding it's shores displacing entire villages and inundating farmland and crops as well as building and infrastructure, near Marigat, Baringo county on the Kenyan Rift Valley, on October 6, 2020. TONY KARUMBA / AFP / Getty Images

By Wesley Langat

Over the years, the Rift Valley lakes in Eastern Africa have been vital in supporting livelihoods of local communities who depend on fishing, farming and livestock keeping. Apart from being a UNESCO world heritage site, the lakes are also a major tourist attraction destination with rich flora and fauna.

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A man walks across an arcade by a flooded St. Mark's Square on Dec. 8 in Venice following a high tide "Alta Acqua" event following heavy rains and strong winds, and the mobile gates of the MOSE Experimental Electromechanical Module that protects the city of Venice from floods, were not lifted. ANDREA PATTARO / AFP / Getty Images

Flood waters swamped Venice's iconic Saint Mark's Square on Tuesday, despite the implementation of a barrier system that was supposed to protect the city from the flooding events that are getting more frequent because of the climate crisis.

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A small tourist town has borne the brunt of a cyclone which swept across the West Australian coast. ABC News (Australia) / YouTube

Tropical Cyclone Seroja slammed into the Western Australian town of Kalbarri Sunday as a Category 3 storm before grinding a more-than 600-mile path across the country's Southwest.

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A general view shows the remains of a dam along a river in Tapovan, India, on February 10, 2021, following a flash flood caused by a glacier break on February 7. Sajjad Hussain / AFP / Getty Images

By Rishika Pardikar

Search operations are still underway to find those declared missing following the Uttarakhand disaster on 7 February 2021.

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Ghost forest panorama in coastal North Carolina. Emily Ury / CC BY-ND

By Emily Ury

Trekking out to my research sites near North Carolina's Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, I slog through knee-deep water on a section of trail that is completely submerged. Permanent flooding has become commonplace on this low-lying peninsula, nestled behind North Carolina's Outer Banks. The trees growing in the water are small and stunted. Many are dead.

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EcoWatch is a community of experts publishing quality, science-based content on environmental issues, causes, and solutions for a healthier planet and life.
Heavy rain and flooding prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency Tuesday. Erin Donalson / Getty Images

Heavy rain and flooding in Hawaii have collapsed bridges, forced evacuations, destroyed homes and prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency Tuesday.

Read More Show Less
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
A man uses a handmade boat to reach his flooded home in Sriwulan village, Sayung sub-district of Demak regency, Central Java, Indonesia on Feb. 2, 2018. Eko Siswono Toyudho / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Close to half a billion people could be in the path of sea level rise by 2100, a first-of-its-kind analysis has shown.

Read More Show Less
gorodenkoff / iStock / Getty Images

While many homeowners are switching to solar power to help reduce or even eliminate month-to-month utility costs, there's no arguing that the startup cost of solar panels can be high. One way to save money upfront is with DIY solar panels, but is the challenge of building your own system worth what you save on installation costs?

In this article, we'll take a closer look at the pros and cons of DIY solar panel installation, including important safety factors and whether it's really guaranteed to save you money.

Read More Show Less
Residents are rescued amid flood waters following Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 30, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana (not included in the study). JAMES NIELSEN / AFP via Getty Images

Homes in redlined neighborhoods are 25% more likely to be flooded, according to a report from the real estate firm Redfin.

Read More Show Less
Trending
A cyclist rides through the flooded street during heavy rain and wind as tropical storm Eta approaches the south of Florida, in Miami, Florida on November 9, 2020. CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP / Getty Images

By Julia Conley

Although more than 90% of cities around the world report facing risks of flooding, drought, extreme weather, and other hazards due to the climate crisis, nearly half of the cities in a new survey reported that they have no plans in place to adapt to the planetary emergency, with one in four citing budgetary constraints for their inability to confront the crisis.

Read More Show Less
A large North Carolina farm flooded during Hurricane Florence. Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. / Flickr

By Cameron Oglesby

As North Carolina heads into another hurricane season, some residents and organizations fear the stormy season will again flood communities with hog waste.

Read More Show Less
NOAA GOES Image Viewer on Jan. 28, 2021

Exceptionally heavy rain caused debris flows and flash flooding that damaged as many as two dozen homes and buildings in California's Salinas Valley on Wednesday.

Read More Show Less
Kids play on a flooded Arizona Avenue on October 4, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images

The threat to affordable housing from flooding driven by climate change will likely triple in the next 30 years, new research shows.

Read More Show Less
Trending
A local fisherman paddles a traditional raft made from reeds past one of the submerged buildings of the Soi Lodge on the shores of Lake Baringo, where rising water levels have seen the lake surface area expand to occupy elevated ground surrounding it's shores displacing entire villages and inundating farmland and crops as well as building and infrastructure, near Marigat, Baringo county on the Kenyan Rift Valley, on October 6, 2020. TONY KARUMBA / AFP / Getty Images

By Wesley Langat

Over the years, the Rift Valley lakes in Eastern Africa have been vital in supporting livelihoods of local communities who depend on fishing, farming and livestock keeping. Apart from being a UNESCO world heritage site, the lakes are also a major tourist attraction destination with rich flora and fauna.