Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s well established that urban environments are going to be home to the majority of the world’s population in the coming decades. While extreme weather is causing floods, droughts and wildfires, it’s also going to have significant effects on urban living. The increasing temperatures the media is discussing, from heat waves across India, the US, Spain and Germany, Doha at 49°C or Jacobabad at 51°C, mean that we must find new ways to protect city dwellers from the worst impacts of a changing environment. According to Lauren Sorkin, executive director of the Resilient Cities Network, cities have the potential to address climate change but they need a rethink in terms of how they keep people safe and build in equity and resilience. Sorkin argues we also need to agree on a common set of risks – and be honest about the level of risk we face. It’s important to remember that cities themselves are major infrastructure investors and … [Read more...] about As Climate Change Threatens Mounting Urban Costs, Is Biomimicry The Way Forward?
Low carbon dioxide
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin As the terrifying words and shocking photos showing fierce fires destroying thousands of acres of land flooded social media, it was hard to not feel helpless. The over 50 mph winds assisted the fire in covering so much ground in such a short time that people who thought they were out of harm’s way would quickly realize within the same hour that they needed to evacuate as soon as possible. The direction of the wind changed constantly making it impossible for anyone within Napa Valley and Sonoma County to know if they were truly safe, as fleeing one’s home had many downsides since temporarily living in a crowded community center seemed to be a torturous alternative, or much worse, one could accidentally drive into the heart of one of the fast and furious fires, trapped with no way out. Many living outside of northern California stayed glued to the internet to see if friends or colleagues in the wine industry were doing okay. … [Read more...] about Woman From India Leads As Winemaker At Beloved Napa Winery To Build A Better Tomorrow After Tragedy
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin This week’s Current Climate , which every Saturday brings you the latest news about the business of sustainability. Sign up to get it in your inbox every week. O n Thursday , the Biden Administration announced a partnership with 11 state governments to accelerate construction of offshore wind energy projects along the east coast. This move is a component of the Administrations long-term goal to have 30 gigawatts from offshore wind by the end of the decade. That’s enough to cut 78 million metric tons of carbon emissions and to power 10 million homes (or about 24 trips on Doc Brown’s time machine). As part of the move, the Department of Energy along with the governments of Maryland and New York will provide funding to secure supply chains for the project. “Ten million homes with offshore wind. Ports turned back into economic engines, being in a position where foundries and factories are up and running — … [Read more...] about More Offshore Wind, Tesla’s ‘Money Furnaces’ And Green Hydrogen In Coal Country