CNN Radio News Day: May 20, 2013
A group of muslim protesters demonstrate against Burma's President Thein Sein's US visit outside the White House Monday.
May 20th, 2013
04:39 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 20, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • Today U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed Thein Sein, president of Myanmar, to the White House.  It's the first such meeting in nearly half a century. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was taken over in a military coup in 1962 and since then has been pretty infamous for human rights violations. Reforms have come a long way under Thein Sein, who admits he's surprised by how friendly the relations are with the United States:

"I myself am amazed at the speed of the improvement of our bilateral relations. But there are no permanent friends or permanent foes in international relations." FULL POST

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Can cities keep up with bad weather?
Flooding in the Chicago area is monitored and managed from this control room. The system was overwhelmed by storms last month.
May 20th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

Can cities keep up with bad weather?

By Nova Safo, CNN

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(CNN) - By the end of the century, cities on the east coast of the U.S. could experience flooding at Hurricane Sandy levels every couple of years. That’s according to a report in the latest issue of Scientific American.

The study sites updated forecast models which predict climate change will lead to higher sea levels than previously thought.

But climate change is not just a concern for coastal cities. Today, the state of Indiana will just begin assessing flood damage to its public infrastructure. The damage was caused by record rain storms last month. Those same storms also brought flood waters to Chicago.

Those are  just the latest prime examples of the new challenge many cities are facing: an increasing frequency of heavy storms, which cities are not currently designed to deal with.

To see what Chicago is doing, and how the rest of the country might be affected, we visited the control center where flood waters are managed.

What we learned from David St. Pierre, the executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, is that climate change has arrived:

[1:00] “We are seeing these extreme rain events that we have never seen before in Chicago. After you get one 100-year rain event, everybody said, 'Well, we won’t see that in another 100 years.' And then two years later, we had another event. And this year, we had yet another. So we are seeing climate change and it is real.”

To find out more about what scientists are predicting will be the new reality for American cities over the next 20 to 30 years, and to find out what states are doing, please listen to our story in the above player.

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