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In the Maldives, MIT experiment fights rising sea levels with nature

Growing Islands harness natural wave forces to build underwater sand buffers By Liz Stinson As our environmental prognosis grows increasingly grim, designers have started to think about ways to mitigate what feels like an an inevitable crash course with nature. Cities along the...
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Cities are measuring their carbon emissions all wrong

New report offers sobering look at shortfalls in current climate plans, and radical solutions that can make a difference. Radical solutions to make up the shortfall, courtesy of a new report By Patrick Sisson As alarming new climate news has become a daily part of the media...
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“We’re seeing an unprecedented mobilisation of architects in the fight against climate change”

With architects changing in response to global warming, Phineas Harper asks: what does radical architecture look like in the era of climate change? Phineas Harper With architects changing their ways in response to global warming, Phineas Harper asks: what does radical...
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The Building Sector May Be Our Best Hope for Averting Climate Change

Architects have enormous sway in specifying building materials and modes of operation; they also best understand the barriers facing zero-carbon designs. by Audrey Gray You can be forgiven for side-eyeing another “sustainability” panel. In a spring of dire climate predictions...
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Heavy hitters of U.K. architecture declare a “climate emergency”

The architecture and construction industries have a responsibility to mitigate the worst of climate change, according to 17 of the U.K.’s largest firms. By Jonathan Hilburg A group of 17 architecture firms from across the United Kingdom, released an open letter affirming...
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Salk Institute develops a plant that offers a solution to climate change

California’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies is developing a plant that can store excess carbon dioxide in its roots, in a bid to curb the effects of climate change. Augusta Pownall California’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies is developing a plant that...
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How the Ancient Maya Adapted to Climate Change

Instead of focusing on the civilization’s final stages, looking at Mayan adaptations shows how their communities survived for as long as they did. Kenneth Seligson This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.Carbon dioxide concentrations...
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Are design professionals liable for failing to anticipate the effects of climate change?

Two experts give advice to architects about their legal liability in designing for climate change in their projects—just following code may not be enough. By Larry Dany and Nick Boyd We do not need more vivid reminders that extreme weather events have the potential to cause...
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In age of climate change, can our lawns be more than landscaping?

Forget aesthetics: Lawns can raise food, restore habitats, and even store carbon. By Patrick Sisson If Americans want to reduce their environmental footprints, one of the first steps may be reexamining what’s in their backyards. The lawn-industrial complex, and our country’s...
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Extinction Rebellion uses strong graphic posters to spread its message

Extinction Rebellion uses bold graphics in protest against climate change

Climate change action group Extinction Rebellion has unveiled a “radically different” visual identity, including DIY protest posters. India Block Climate change action group Extinction Rebellion has unveiled a “radically different” visual identity,...
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