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In this photo taken Wednesday, March 28, 2012 birds fly above floating homes on the River Maas in Maasbommel, Netherlands. The Netherlands, a third of which lies below sea level, has been managing water since the Middle Ages and has thus emerged as a pioneer in the field, exporting its expertise to Indonesia, China, Thailand, Dubai and the Republic of the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago that with a maximum elevation of about 2 meters (8 feet) is the world's lowest country. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)

Floating homes the answer to rising seas

Around the world, architects and city planners are exploring ways mankind and water may be able to coexist as oceans rise and other phenomenon induced by climate change, including extreme, erratic floods, threaten land-rooted living. (April 3)