Illustration: Lauren Nassef | Art Direction: Jelena Schulz

Sea level rise… Planning for the Inevitable | Architect Magazine

Why architects need to both slow global warming and prepare for sea level rise. By Steve Cimino for AIA Architect John Englander is an oceanographer and expert on sea level rise who takes pride in his ability to explain the watery issues plaguing our planet without jargon or...
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NASA Climate change exacerbates [PDF] the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and human crises such as poverty, famine, mass migration, and war. To model future outcomes, scientists use four standard “pathways” for different possible levels of CO2 in the atmosphere over time. The most extreme-sounding projections, the ones that make headlines, actually follow an entirely plausible pathway, in which humanity simply carries on burning fossil fuels as usual and temperatures continue to rise. According to a recent study, if humanity does not sharply reduce CO2 emissions, by the end of the century the chances of an extinction-level event could be 1 in 20. Pictured: Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose on Sept. 8, moving west across the Atlantic Ocean to North America.

The Climate Is Changing. So Must Architecture. | Architect Magazine

Carbon dioxide causes global warming. Buildings emit almost half of the carbon dioxide in the U.S. That has to stop. By Ned Cramer Climate change is the fundamental design problem of our time. Not style, not fees, not education, not community, not health, not justice. All other...
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Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | The Guardian

Damian Carrington It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after...
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