Posts Tagged Built environment

As Mass Timber Takes Off, How Green Is This New Building Material?…

Mass timber construction is on the rise, with advocates saying it could revolutionize the building industry and be part of a climate change solution. But some are questioning whether the logging and manufacturing required to produce the new material outweigh any benefits… Read the full article at Yale Environment 360: Advertisements

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A Highway Megaproject Tears at the Heart of New Guinea’s Rainforest…

The Indonesian government is building a 2,700-mile road network on the island of New Guinea, opening up some of the world’s last great tropical rainforests to development and threatening unique indigenous cultures. Can international pressure force Indonesia to scale back this megaproject?… Read this article at Yale Environment 360:

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Rising temperatures and human activity are increasing storm runoff and flash floods…

Summary:  Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that runoff extremes have been dramatically increasing in response to climate and human-induced changes. Their findings show a large increase in both precipitation and runoff extremes driven by both human activity and climate change. They also found that storm runoff has a stronger response than precipitation to […]

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Is the Global Era of Massive Infrastructure Projects Coming to an End?…

The world’s wild places have been badly carved up by decades of roadbuilding, dam construction, energy exploitation, and other megaprojects. Now, as the financial community, environmental groups, and local citizens increasingly oppose big infrastructure development, the tide of environmental destruction may be turning… Read the full article at Yale Environment 360:

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Insights | WSP | Savannah East Certified as Trinidad & Tobago’s First Green Building… 

Read about the first ‘Green’ building in Trinidad & Tobago –

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15 Current Environmental Problems That Our World is Facing…

Summary: All across the world, people are facing a wealth of new and challenging environmental problems everyday. Here are 15 major current environmental problems that our world is facing today. Pollution Global Warming Overpopulation Natural Resource Depletion Waste Disposal Climate Change Loss of Biodiversity Deforestation Ocean Acidification Ozone Layer Depletion Acid Rain Water Pollution Urban […]

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France floods ease as Seine starts to recede…

Summary from The rain-swollen River Seine in Paris begins receding after reaching its highest level in three decades, easing fears after devastating floods sent the Louvre and other riverside museums scrambing to protect their treasures… Video provided by AFP Source: The rain-swollen River Seine in Paris begins receding after reaching its highest level in […]

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The Relentless Rise of Two Caribbean Lakes Baffles Scientists…

“Lake Azuéi, the largest lake in Haiti, lies about 18 miles east of Port-au-Prince, the capital, nestled along the border with the Dominican Republic. Also known as Étang Saumâtre, the lake rose so much between 2004 and 2009 that it engulfed dozens of square miles… Lake Enriquillo (in the Dominican Republic) and Lake Azuéi have always been […]

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A Tale of Two Northern European Cities: Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise by Daniel Grossman: Yale Environment 360

For centuries, Rotterdam and Hamburg have had to contend with the threat of storm surges and floods. Now, as sea levels rise, planners are looking at innovative ways to make these cities more resilient, with new approaches that could hold lessons for vulnerable urban areas around the world. Source: A Tale of Two Northern European […]

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Two mega-buildings tackle energy costs…

from… The O2 Arena in London and Boeing’s Everett factory in Washington are among the largest buildings in the world – one houses tens of thousands of spectators at a time, and the other is constantly building some of the largest commercial planes in the air today. But with great size comes great responsibility.  […]

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