Regional State of the Environment Report 2018

Molino Stewart has been commissioned to produce the Central West Regional State of the Environment Report for the past ten years. This year there were 16 local councils in the Greater Central West Region of NSW participating in the reporting process. The regional report contains data related to over 100 […] Read more »

Molino Stewart Audit Leads to Piggery Clean Up

An environmental audit conducted by Steven Molino of Molino Stewart demonstrated that the piggery was not being operated in a competent manner as was required by its operating licence in relation to its management of effluent and wastes and that it had provided false statements to the EPA. That assessment […] Read more »

International Floods

There were 16 international floods reported across 17 countries throughout October 2018. At least 1,000 people died and over 420,000 people were displaced. Internationally significant floods included: USA A total of 17 people have died and 6,700 displaced after Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle. As the hurricane passed […] Read more »

Venice Marathon Continues During Flood

The city of Venice was recently inundated by an exceptional high tide as a result of heavy rain and wind. Tourists and locals donned their knee high boots to traverse the flood waters as Venice was essentially transformed into a swimming pool. It wasn’t enough however, to deter the 13,000 runners […] Read more »

Crowdsourced Data Improves Flood Forecasting

Citizen science hydrologic data may be beneficial in enhancing models that forecast stream flow. Hydrogeologist Chris Lowry at the University of Buffalo founded the initiative CrowdHydrology in 2011 which uses crowdsourcing to gather hydrologic data. Lowry is now attempting to use the data gathered from CrowdHydrology into the National Water Model to possibly predict floods […] Read more »

Runoff Extremes to Get Worse

A new paper published in Nature Communications suggests that current projections of storm runoff extremes may be underestimated. The study suggests that flash floods due to storm runoff extremes are likely to become more frequent and damaging. This study, unlike previous studies,considers both natural and anthropogenic driven changes in surface temperature and atmospheric […] Read more »

IPCC Dire Warning on Global Warming

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an alarming report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.  The extensive report is presented in five chapters and outlines potential mitigation pathways of the climate scenario, impacts on humans and natural systems, how to strengthen global responses, and […] Read more »

New Scale for Storm Surge Risk

New research which was published by the American Meteorological Societyproposed a new scale for calculating storm surge risk. This study comes after storm surge risk was removed from the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, leaving no method of calculating storm surge risk. The study used the storm surge variables of water height and velocity […] Read more »

Engineering Strategies for Tsunami Prevention

The tsunami which recently devastated Indonesia’s island province of Sulawesi has prompted review into existing and theoretical engineering solutions for preventing the impact of deadly tsunamis. The most obvious solution which was used by ancient civilisations is to build a wall. Still used in modern engineering, this form of protection has […] Read more »

Researchers Model Sydney’s Tsunami Risk

A new study published in Scientific Reports has modelled Sydney’s tsunami risk and the possible consequences if one were to make impact with the Harbour City.  The researchers modelled the effects of tsunamis of varying magnitudes and each event was assigned Average Recurrence Intervals (ARI) which indicate how often tsunamis of different sizes […] Read more »