For decades, rapid desertification and erratic rainfall had made guaranteeing water security nearly impossible in Israel. Sullied lakes and plummeting water tables led to one agricultural collapse after another and, having tapped most freshwater resources dry, people were growing desperate. The country had tinkered with desalination in its very … [Read more...] about What’s the Deal with Desalination?
A study by Stanford researchers, published in the February 15 issue of Science Advances, found long-term economic effects from frequent high-tide flooding in coastal communities. The study focused on Annapolis, Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay, although a number of other coastal communities, such as Miami Beach and Virginia … [Read more...] about High-Tide Flooding Having Lasting Economic Impact on Flood-Prone Communities
Wood is an attractive building material as it is a light, renewable material. Its use not only lowers carbon emissions from the building sector but also provides long-term carbon storage—turning buildings into carbon sinks. Wood’s use as a green building material has been somewhat limited in cities, as historically, wood has been used to build … [Read more...] about High-Rise Wood Construction Poised to Grow Thanks to New Codes
Climate change’s impacts are already being felt around the world – from more intense wildfires, hurricanes, floods, hail and wind, and droughts. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported there were 16 disaster events that cost more than $1 billion in the United States, with a total cost of $306.2 billion, making 2017 the … [Read more...] about Climate Change Will Reduce Nutrients in Crops
Colorado is set to join a growing list of US states setting world-leading climate targets in the face of federal inaction. Jared Polis, a Democratic congressman from Colorado who was elected governor in July, has promised the state will run only on renewable power by 2040. That would phase out fossil fuel generation in Colorado even faster … [Read more...] about Colorado Governor-Elect Has US’ Most Ambitious Renewable Goal