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The World Can Learn A Thing or Two From Netherlands When It Comes to Flood Prevention

This is very, very impressive, Netherlands!


One sad fact about natural disasters is this – most governments in the world spend bigger amounts of money towards rescue and relief efforts compared with prevention. Just read the news about recent floods that struck the world, for instance, and you will quickly realize how this situation seems to be the common “trend” for many countries across the globe.

Netherlands, however, begs to differ. Despite the fact that the country is always in great threat since it sits below sea level and is situated at the edge of the European continent, Netherlands has learned to deal with tides and storms in very impressive ways.

For Netherlands, climate change is an opportunity.

In a New York Times article, we learn that for the people of Netherlands, climate change isnt considered hypothetical or an “economic drag,” as most countries look at it. Instead, they view it as an opportunity and they are “pioneering a singular way forward.”

How do they do it exactly, you ask? Well, the Dutch has learned to “live with the water, rather than struggle to defeat it,” the feature said. They have built “lakes, garages, parks and plazas that are a boon to daily life but also double as enormous reservoirs for when the seas and rivers spill over.”

In other words, they’re dealing with flooding like no other country does.

Netherlands’ massive floodgates play a big role in flood prevention.

Source: Gizmodo

Moreover, Netherlands has built a huge floodgate called Maeslantkering. This storm surge barrier is about the same size of “two tubular Eiffel Towers, toppled over,” described NYTimes.

So yes, you get the picture – it’s really a monster of a machine!

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Flood control is a way of life, according to Rotterdam’s climate chief.

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Arnoud Molenaar, Chief Resilience Officer of Rotterdam, has this to say about the Dutch mindset:

“We have been able to put climate change adaptation high on the public agenda without suffering a disaster in many years because we have shown the benefits of improving public space — the added economic value of investing in resilience.

“It’s in our genes. Water managers were the first rulers of the land. Designing the city to deal with water was the first task of survival here and it remains our defining job. It’s a process, a movement.

“It is not just a bunch of dikes and dams, but a way of life.”

Well that’s just one more reason for us to love Netherlands. We hope other countries can take note of their example so that disasters can be averted and the number of victims can be significantly minimized.


Detailed Map Shows European Equivalent of Game of Thrones’ Westeros and Its Seven Kingdoms

So this is how GRRM built the world of Game of Thrones?

Almost everyone was hooked in the season finale of “Game of Thrones,” and it’s safe to say that everyone wanted more from the show. Alas, we’ll probably have to wait until 2019 before the eight season arrives. So, for now, why don’t we take a plunge at some interesting details about the show?

First and foremost, it can easily be determined that “Game of Thrones” is total fiction. Because seriously, the dragons and white walkers say it all. But interestingly, the author himself George R.R. Martin revealed that he used historical people, events, and places as inspiration to build his world. This is where the idea of Westeros and its Seven Kingdoms having real-world equivalent – Europe, that is – surfaced.

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Egypt Isn’t the Country With The Most Pyramids; This Country Has 255 Of Them

Kings and queens were buried in the pyramid tombs.

When someone says "pyramid," the first thing that comes to mind is Egypt. The country is known for its historical and jaw-dropping structures from thousands of years ago. But there's another country that has quite a number of pyramids to show off: Sudan. How did this Northern African country come to have its own towering pyramids? It all has to do with history and Egypt's influence on the country.

The area of the Nile Valley known as Nubia in present-day Sudan was home to three Kushite kingdoms. The first had its capital at Kerma (2600–1520 BC), the second at Napata (1000–300 BC), and the last at Meroë (300 BC–AD 300). Kerma had its own architectural style and burial customs, while Napata and Meroë were heavily influenced by Egypt.

The Kushite kingdoms competed strongly with Egypt in terms of economy and military.

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10 Animals People Worshipped and Considered Sacred

Although some of them were deemed holy, people would still sacrifice them in the most brutal ways.

Religion is a very interesting topic in the society. Its existence dates back to the archaic times, when people worshipped bushes and rocks, among many others. While the debate of which denomination stands religiously correct, we can’t help but be fascinated with their tenets.

If Christianity believes in the holy trinity (i.e. Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit), other religions speak differently. Some of them are into incarnation, a process in which a god enters the world as a living thing (e.g. human, plants, or animals). Regardless of how it’s conceived, incarnation is merely about a divine creator taking a physical form.

In this list, we’ll tackle animals that people worshipped and considered holy. Here are ten examples of them.

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