Switzerland's NEST High Rise is a Modular Test Bed for the Future of Green Building Technology NEST is a collective research project by the ETH Domain that is supported by Empa, Eawag, ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects, Supermanoeuvre ETH Zurich, and EPF Lausanne. The project consists of a central backbone and a basic grid that can accommodate about 50 living and office modules that can be periodically changed out. The multi-story project will be built out of lightweight and efficient materials to reduce resource consumption while maximizing building potential and strength.
Nature Climate Change 1, 35–41 (2011) The role of social and decision sciences in communicating uncertain climate risks In many nations, much of the public has long recognized the potential gravity of climate change1, 2. Nonetheless, few citizens or political leaders understand the underlying science well enough to evaluate climate-related proposals and controversies. As a result, it is hard for political leaders to generate and sustain broad public support for ambitious climate policies3 or for citizens to take effective personal action4. Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes. That warning has become a global alert. Since the uprising against Assad in March 2011, over 240,000 people have been killed, 4 million Syrians have fled their country, and over 7 million have been displaced. The headlines are full of the heartbreaking stories of these refugees — including young children — who have died trying to reach safety in other countries. The story of these refugees is deeply tied to the effects of climate change. "We are experiencing a surprising uptick in global insecurity ... partially due to our inability to manage climate stress."
How Reducing Food Waste Could Ease Climate Change More than a third of all of the food that's produced on our planet never reaches a table. It's either spoiled in transit or thrown out by consumers in wealthier countries, who typically buy too much and toss the excess. This works out to roughly 1.3 billion tons of food, worth nearly $1 trillion at retail prices. Aside from the social, economic, and moral implications of that waste—in a world where an estimated 805 million people go to bed hungry each night—the environmental cost of producing all that food, for nothing, is staggering. (Read more about causes and potential solutions to the problem of food waste.) The water wastage alone would be the equivalent of the entire annual flow of the Volga—Europe's largest river—according to a UN report.
biólogo advierte de las primeras etapas de la sexta extinción masiva de la Tierra July 24, 2014 Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo and his colleagues warn that this "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health. By Bjorn Carey Elephants and other large animals face an increased risk of extinction in what Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo terms "defaunation." (Claudia Paulussen/Shutterstock) Anish Kapoor and Arata Isozaki Unveil the World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall Sculptor Anish Kapoor and architect Arata Isozaki have teamed up to design and build the world’s first large-scale inflatable concert hall in Tohoku, Japan. The mobile structure, called Ark Nova, was designed not only as a venue for concerts and events, but also to spread hope throughout the northeastern part of Honshu, which has been ravaged by earthquakes and tsunamis. The concert hall opens to the public on October 14th. The giant structure is made from a translucent purple membrane that can fully inflate in two hours and seat 500 people.
GRIDA 01/07/08 Projected agriculture in 2080 due to climate change The GRID-Arendal Maps & Graphics Library is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development. There are currently 3022 graphics available in the database. Victims and affected people in Pakistan flood, August 2010 Seasonal fooding can occur along all the major watersheds in the Himalayan region (Figure 11–14). The largest problems occur in food prone areas with high population densities. This includes parts of northeast India, south-central Nepal, central and southern Pakistan, large parts of Bangladesh and lower reaches of the large rivers in China.
'Our melting, shifting, liquid world': celebrities read poems on climate change I am here, at the scene of a breaking; broken bits, the metaphor of crushed paradise; forested history of burning; a trace element version of heritage. Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. — What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above parabolic valleys. Today, perhaps 25 survive. In 30 years, there may be none. A warming climate is melting Glacier’s glaciers, an icy retreat that promises to change not just tourists’ vistas, but also the mountains and everything around them.
Branko Milanovic, Senior Scholar Interviews and op-eds, 2012 - 2014 How we can strengthen the worrd's fragile middle class? Financial Times (April 28) Q&A with Eduardo Porter, New York Times (March 18) Software Fig 1 shows an example of the EmbedITApp where a servo module and four sensor modules (infrared, light, accelerometer, gyroscope) are listed. Each physically available module is represented as a module button showing its ID, module type and icon (upper left column of the application). While clicking on a module’s button, its control panel opens (upper right column). GRIDA - Climate impacts and tropical diseases in Colombia The GRID-Arendal Maps & Graphics Library is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development. There are currently 3022 graphics available in the database. Urban growth rate in Africa Africa’s urban centres are currently growing at an annual rate that is the fastest compared to other regions.
More than 2,000 academics call on world heads to do more to limit global warming More than 2,000 academics from over 80 countries – including linguist Noam Chomsky, climate scientist Michael E Mann, philosopher Peter Singer, and historian Naomi Oreskes – have called on world leaders to do more to limit global warming to a 1.5C rise. In an open letter, they write that leaders meeting in Paris at a crunch UN climate summit next week should “be mustering planet-wide mobilisation, at all societal levels” and call for citizens around the world to hold their leaders to account on the issue. The world has already warmed by 1C above pre-industrial levels.
What You Need to Know What is COP 17 and the UNFCCC? The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty produced at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The UNFCCC’s purpose is to stabilise greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere at levels that prevent dangerous interferences with the climate system. These levels should be attained within a term sufficient to allow ecosystems to naturally adapt to climate change, ensuring that food production is not affected and permitting sustainable economic growth. Since 1995, a Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC is held where representatives of all the countries that are signatories to the convention evaluate progress towards the UNFCCC’s objectives.