(33 cities chosen from) more than 1,000 registrations and nearly 400 formal applications from cities around the world. Each city was asked to present a clear and compelling description of how they are approaching and planning for resilience to decrease vulnerabilities, and after careful review of the applications, a panel of esteemed judges, including former presidents Bill Clinton and Olosegun Obasanjo, recommended the first set of 33 cities for the 100 Resilient Cities Network.
It wasn’t easy to choose only 33 – we had so many passionate, vibrant entries. Among the winners: One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world wrote of the city’s history withstanding shocks for the past eight millennia. One African city wrote of a resilience plan as harmonizing climate change adaptation, biodiversity, planning and management and water security. And a city in South America finds itself dealing with landslides and forest fires, all while sitting in the shadow of a volcano.
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Posts tagged engineering.
No. This should be retitled:”How the Dutch killed nearly every animal in their country with clever engineering”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared a ban on all marine construction permits in the state of Florida.
The government shutdown is in day nine, and tonight we’re learning dozens of local marine contraction workers are being affected.
Video. Via NBC.
America, model for the world? This coal plant leaks and dumps waste into the Yellowstone River. Only about 30% of coal burned in a power plant produces electricity - the remaining 70% of the energy is literally wasted…
If you can stomach it, here’s a picture of an ExxonMobil oil refinery, also on the Yellowstone. This is how your electricity works…
Corette coal-fired power plant on the Yellowstone River in Montana. This facility is discharging toxic water pollution into the Yellowstone using a permit that should have expired several years ago.
Anonymous asked: Do you think a Bachelor in environmental engineering is a useful degree to combat climate change?
Well, EE is a sweet degree - very focused and lots of job opportunities. As far as “combating climate change” goes, I don’t want to fool you or provide a false sense of hope. I think the best thing for you to do is realize and accept that emissions are not going down. Every source that monitors emissions agrees, for example see here and here.
You may (or may not!) want to watch this talk by Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Center for Climate Research.
Maybe introspect and evaluate why it is you believe you can ‘combat’ climate change. I don’t have the answers you’re looking for - after all, I’m not even into emissions or energy, nor do I ‘combat’ climate change in any of my work. I’m an adaptation specialist. I tell governments where to build stuff, which is out of harms way.
The Obama Administration—via its Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force—has released a rebuilding strategy that it hopes communities affected by natural disasters will follow. The blueprint is also aimed at helping the Sandy-affected areas continue to rebuild.
Superstorm Sandy crashed ashore on October 29, 2012. The second costliest hurricane in the US, it caused widespread destruction with damages estimated to be $68 billion. In the aftermath of the storm, as the difficulties many communities were having in restarting and rebuilding became clear, President Obama put together the taskforce, chaired by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.
The Rebuilding Strategy contains 69 policy recommendations, many of which will have a significant impact on how the region rebuilds—and hopefully create more resilient communities going forward. Some of the task force’s policies and principles were also incorporated into President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The Rebuilding Strategy calls for a federal department or agency to carry out implementation of these recommendations. A team will also track and release data on Federal spending from the Sandy supplemental funding bill.
The top five recommendations from the report are:
RECOMMENDATION #1: Facilitate the incorporation of future risk assessment, such as sea level rise, into rebuilding efforts with the development of a sea level rise tool.RECOMMENDATION #2: More
Keurig single-cup brewing machines produce ten times more solid waste than a single-cup serving made in a drip machine would.John Sylvan, co-founder of Keurig single-cup coffee machines. Via Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze.
The Joys of Fracking. TEDxFARGO (not a joke, this is a TEDx talk pumping fracking)
ExxonMobil’s oil spill emergency response plan is redacted by the federal government. Not a joke.
Burst Pipeline’s Spill Plan Is None of Your Business, Suggests Regulator
Federal regulators have released ExxonMobil’s 2013 emergency response plan for the pipeline that ruptured in an Arkansas residential neighborhood on March 29, but the document is so heavily redacted that it offers little information about Exxon’s preparations for such an accident.The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) completely blotted out more than 100 pages of the 290-page document, including Exxon’s worst-case scenario hypothesis and its plans to repair any damage caused by an accident. Via
Remember the oil spill in Arkansas neighborhood? People in the area were evacuated from their homes and the abutting wetland was “cleaned” up with paper towels.
Arkansas is suing.
More from InsideClimateNews
EPA substantially revamps its climate change pages. Tons of data, reports, charts, graphs, and factsheets now round out the agency’s information section.
Above, screens of the EPA’s “indicators”, which shows how climate change is impacting environmental systems from GHG concentration studies, to drought measurements over time, to glacial melt and sea level rise, even winter bird counts - cumulatively, the U.S. is about to experience some very dangerous environmental problems.
Sea level rise and drought are the most visible, with coast lines eroding and people’s homes slowly sliding into the ocean. Drought is also an obvious indicator the public can relate to. Water shortages in the southwest, wildfires and bark beetle forest slaughters in the midwest and west, and severe crop loss across regions. Health problems, like increased asthma, Lyme disease, though, will kill the most people, but these will slide under the visibility radar.
Check out the EPA Climate Change Indicators, here. Hover your cursor over the tabs for more options.
What happens when the power goes out in a big city? 19 photos of the Northeastern Blackout 2003.
Mark Bittman visits an industrial tomato farm in California. I like that he swipes at ‘heirloom’ tomatoes. But his admiration for sustainable farming permeates the entire piece.
I’VE long wondered how producing a decent ingredient, one that you can buy in any supermarket, really happens. Take canned tomatoes, of which I probably use 100 pounds a year. It costs $2 to $3 a pound to buy hard, tasteless, “fresh” plum tomatoes, but only half that for almost two pounds of canned tomatoes that taste much better. How is that possible?
The answer lies in a process that is almost unimaginable in scope without seeing it firsthand. So, fearing the worst — because we all “know” that organic farming is “good” and industrial farming is “bad” — I headed to the Sacramento Valley in California to see a big tomato operation.I began by touring Bruce Rominger’s farmin Winters. With his brother Rick and as many as 40 employees, Rominger farms around 6,000 acres of tomatoes, wheat, sunflowers, safflower, onions, alfalfa, sheep, rice and more. Unlike many Midwestern farm operations, which grow corn and soy exclusively, here are diversity, crop rotation, cover crops and, for the most part, real food — not crops destined for junk food, animal feed or biofuel. That’s a good start.