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“I don’t believe we’re going to clean up the oceans” says Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch

Eliminating plastic from the seas is not possible and new materials need to be developed instead, according to the founder of Parley for the Oceans. Marcus Fairs Eliminating plastic from the seas is not possible and instead new materials need to be developed to replace plastic,...
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E. A. Ehrmann, Shore Park Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, 1939.

Living With Water in Miami Beach

Jessie Kindig on preservation in Miami Beach CRISP, LOW-LYING, AND QUIETLY BEAUTIFUL, the Art Deco boulevards of Miami Beach constitute what the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) calls an “Open Air Museum of 20th Century Architecture,” driving tourism and the city’s...
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A construction worker welding. Increased temperatures around the are expected to make construction conditions more stressful. (Christopher Burns/Unsplash)

Heat waves are slowing construction around the world, and it will only get worse

With extreme heat events becoming more common all over the world, the construction industry is facing more delays and weather-related injuries. By Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough The effects of climate change are felt all over the world and are causing a host of negative consequences....
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FILTRATION is a floating skyscraper envisioned to recycle garbage and clean our oceans

conceived by US-based architectural designer honglin li, ‘FILTRATION’ is a floating skyscraper imagined to clean up our seawater by recycling the plastic and debris found in the infamous ‘great pacific garbage patch’. receiving honorable mention in the evolo 2019 skyscraper...
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tokyo 2020 unveils olympic medals made from recycled phone metals

lynne myers following a competition to design the new olympic medal – and a call to collect used electronic devices – tokyo 2020 presents the winning design by junichi kawanishi that has been manufactured from recycled metals. for the past two years, the organizing committee for...
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How better weather forecasts are changing the way cities are run

“The forecast is only as good as the decisions you make from it.” National Weather Service  It’s not just about predicting the weather, but what cities do with the information By Alissa Walker For someone who has spent the past several years researching and writing an...
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France’s solar roadway experiment has failed

After nearly three years of use, Normandy’s photovoltaic highway is delivering disappointing results. By Liz Stinson Solar power highways are hitting a roadblock. Nearly three years after France built a 0.6-mile stretch of photovoltaic road in Normandy, the government is deeming...
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Weathering the Storm: How Engineering Firms Can Leverage Government Incentives For Resiliency Research

The Research and Development Tax Credit, which saves U.S. businesses $10 billion every year, has helped American engineering firms become more agile, and could ultimately make them stronger in the face of disaster. By Brian Aumueller In September 1900, a Category 4 hurricane...
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Researchers have developed eco-friendly bricks using organic luffa fibres

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. Rima Sabina Aouf Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal...
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Illustrations by Melissa McFeeters

How trees can save us

They are the most effective, efficient, and immediate form of urban climate action—provided they’re planted where people need them most By Alissa Walker n Dallas’s hottest summer days, Matt Grubisich would dispatch his colleagues at the Texas Trees Foundation to take manual air...
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