Trump actually wants to build a border wall covered in solar panels

June 7, 2017 by  
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For all of the crazy concepts that people have come up with for Trump’s border wall , Trump’s own design might just be the most surprising of all. The climate change-Denier-in-Chief recently pitched to congressional Republicans the idea of building a renewable power-generating border wall covered in solar panels. According to Trump, the barriers would be “beautiful structures” that will pay for themselves. When Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement , he claimed that it would somehow continue to be the greenest country in the world. According to Axios , Trump intends to do that by proposing a border wall that will generate clean energy. The energy that will be generated by the wall will be used to pay for itself. Related: Donald Trump would probably hate this crossable border wall Trump pictures the wall as a 50-foot high structure covered in solar panels . Realistically, a solar wall along the southern border has a lot of logistical challenges, though it could be possible to build a one that pays for itself. During the meeting, Trump told congressional representatives that they could talk about the solar wall as long as they mentioned that it was his idea (it wasn’t). While this latest concept may be an improvement on the border wall in general, talking about the wall is really just a distraction from the conversation about whether or not there should be a wall at all. On the bright side, at least we know now that Trump thinks solar is a viable and cost-effective technology for government projects, right? Via GTM Images via Gleason Partners and Flickr

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17 states challenge Trump’s climate policy in court

April 6, 2017 by  
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17 American states are pushing back after President Donald Trump ‘s executive order targeting the environment last week. The New York -led coalition is legally challenging the Trump administration after the president’s attempts to undo Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan . They say it’s the administration’s legal duty to regulate climate change -causing emissions . Trump’s executive order called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend, rescind, or revise the Clean Power Plan, a law that would have required states to cut carbon dioxide emissions at power plants but which was challenged by 26 states led by Republicans. After the recent executive order, the EPA asked the United States court of appeals for the District of Columbia to delay proceedings over the law to give them time to review it. The 17 states say this move could delay litigation for years – time we need to spend acting on climate change. They asked the court to toss out the EPA’s request. Related: 75 American mayors affirm climate goals even after Trump executive order New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement: “The law is clear: the EPA must limit carbon pollution from power plants. In order to repeal Obama-era protections, the Trump administration must replace those protections, as well – and we know how well repeal-and-replace went the first time around. My office will continue to defend the Clean Power Plan and aggressively oppose any effort to stand down from our shared responsibility to protect our environment and our climate.” The 17 states – New York, California, Connecticut, Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Illinois, Oregon, Iowa, New Mexico, Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington – were also joined by seven localities: the District of Columbia; New York City; Boulder, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; South Miami, Florida; Broward County, Florida; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to New York’s press release, the Clean Power Plan could eliminate as much pollution as more than 160 million cars – 70 percent of America’s passenger cars – yearly could emit. Via The Guardian Images via Gage Skidmore on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Obama orders US govt to consider climate change a national security issue

September 22, 2016 by  
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In a historic first for the United States, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum this week to require federal policy makers to factor climate change when deciding matters of national security . The directive impacts 20 federal agencies and offices that work on climate science, intelligence and national security. Obama ordered those agencies must “collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security” through the newly formed Federal Climate and National Security Working Group . In the next 90 days, the new working group is required to develop and release an action plan concerning the intersection of climate change and national security . The affected agencies will then be expected to identify steps to carry out that plan. This is the first time US federal agencies will be required to factor in issues related to climate change when developing doctrine, policies, and plans concerning national security. Related: Pentagon report states climate change is an immediate threat to national security “Simply put, our agencies want to protect our nation against this threat,” said Alice Hill, special assistant to the president and senior director for resilience policy at the National Security Council, in a conference call with media. She also said the directive establishes “a unified approach to identify the priorities for the federal government.” The directive could easily be overturned by the next president, but White House officials say the continued effects of climate change will have an increasing impact on national security over time. Debates among politicians may be ongoing about the severity of climate change and some, like Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, still believe security decisions should trump environmental concerns in most cases. Despite previously backing legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Graham said Obama’s new directive was “elevating it beyond where it needs to be right now.” Via Washington Post Images via Wikipedia  and Pexels

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Urban Rigger: affordable floating dorms made from shipping containers in Copenhagen

September 22, 2016 by  
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Copenhagen icon and world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels designed the Urban Rigger units, but the idea was the brainchild of Kim Loudrop, an entrepreneur who founded the Urban Rigger startup. Loudrop sought to create a “revolutionary and innovative floating dwelling system” that took advantage of unused prime real estate—the water. The urgent student housing shortage galvanized the entrepreneur, who also noticed that 80 percent of major universities in Europe were centrally located in cities, with many near bodies of water. The floating Urban Rigger dorms built on the water seemed like a natural solution. Copenhagen was used as the first testing ground—the city is one of the ten costliest cities in the world to live in—but the startup has hopes of expanding the patented concept worldwide. Flexible, floating, and undeniably cool, the mobile Urban Rigger units offer waterfront living at a fraction of the normal cost. BIG’s 680-square-meter modular design comprises nine stacked shipping container units organized in a circle to frame a centralized winter garden and common area. Each modular shipping container dorm houses 12 students, who have their own bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, but also have access to a 160-square-meter common green courtyard, kayak landing, bathing platform, barbecue area, and 65-square-meter communal roof terrace. Related: 7,500 affordable floating homes could help fight London’s crippling housing crisis To meet carbon neutral status, the floating dorms are powered by solar energy and a hydro-based heat-exchange system that draws on seawater as a natural source of heat. NASA-developed aerogel is used to insulate the interiors, while Grundfos energy-saving pumps are installed for wastewater, heating, circulation, and drinking water. Urban Rigger says the shipping containers, made entirely of Corten Steel, are upcycled to save on materials, energy, and cost . According to Fast Company , each energy-efficient shipping container dormitory is manufactured at a Polish shipyard for $700 to $800 per square foot. Urban Rigger has already begun plans to build their next 24-unit project in Sweden and is fielding requests from North America. But the success of the startup will depend on the willingness of cities to open up their waterfront properties to the affordable floating dwellings. Fortunately, the company and Ingels are optimistic. “We might be in a situation where the goodwill of addressing an issue that is important to the government means that we’d get some access to the key waterfront sites under their control,” Ingels told Fast Company . The architect also sees potential in the experimental model for future applications in refugee housing and his firm even has plans of building Urban Rigger housing for their interns. + Urban Rigger Via Fast Company Images via Urban Rigger and BIG

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Mesmerizing resin table illuminates a Starry Sea with LED lights

September 22, 2016 by  
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Chapelin’s series was born on the island of St. Martin, where he featured his notable “Lagoon” series of tables. Slabs of marble are sourced from the nearby island of Anguilla, each with distinctly different character. The “Starry Sea” is meant to mimic the contours of the Caribbean sea, using blue acrylic to give the stunning impression of varying depth, underwater terrain, and coastal landscapes. Related: Breathtaking new “Lagoon” tables capture the beauty of the ocean An LED light system illuminates the table with the use of a rechargeable battery, giving up to 300 hours of light per charge. A remote control is included, but by downloading the LED Magic Color app onto your smartphone, you can control a wide range of hypnotizing hues and unique luminous effects. Even on the cloudiest of nights, you can enjoy both the visual effect of the sea and glimmering stars right in your living room. + La Table Images via Alexandre Chapelin

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Climate change department closed by British Prime Minister

July 18, 2016 by  
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In voting to exit the European Union , the United Kingdom may also have voted to take a step back from the reality of climate change . In one of her first acts as Prime Minister, Theresa May dissolved the national Department for Energy and Climate Change and repackaged climate change policy into the new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. This follows May’s appointment of Andrea Leadsom, an industry friendly climate skeptic , as Environmental Minister. Scientists, environmentalists and many elected officials are not pleased with the new turn that the post- Brexit United Kingdom has taken. “Climate change is the biggest challenge we face, and it must not be an afterthought for the Government,” says Green Party MP Caroline Lucas. The recent climate policy decisions “show a lack of understanding posed by climate change to the UK and the world,” says Greenpeace Executive Director John Sauven. “If we are to continue to have a key global role in environmental action, we need urgent reassurance from the new government that the hard won progress on climate and renewables targets, air pollution and the protection of wildlife will not be sidelined or abandoned in the Brexit negotiations.” Related: UK’s Brexit vote could reverse environmental protections and contribute to climate change The UK government’s apparent loss of interest in climate change is a stark contrast to recent progressive policy decisions. In 2008, Parliament passed a Climate Change Act that committed the UK to an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The UK was also one of 178 countries that signed the Paris Agreement, further cementing its commitment to climate change action. The unexpected outcome of the Brexit vote should serve as a warning to the United States. If the American electorate makes a similar decision in November, it would empower climate skeptics and industry politicians to dismantle the progress that has been made by the Obama Administration . Via the Independent Images via UK Home Office and Matt Brown

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Why a Canadian prime minister is visiting the White House for the first time in 20 years

March 9, 2016 by  
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A Canadian head of state has not been invited to the White House in 20 years , but President Barack Obama is breaking the trend. This week, he will welcome newly-elected prime minister Justin Trudeau to Washington, D.C. to address a common goal: combating climate change . Read the rest of Why a Canadian prime minister is visiting the White House for the first time in 20 years

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New IPCC chief: Let’s focus on climate change solutions rather than more research

October 13, 2015 by  
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The realm of science is not wholly unlike the realm of journalism. Many feel that a tenet of the trade is to observe and report without getting involved. However, the new leader of the world’s foremost climate science agency disagrees. Hoesung Lee, the newly appointed head of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), thinks it’s time to shift the focus from investigating the effects of climate change to finding solutions. In the weeks leading up to the Paris climate talks, can this new perspective help shape the discussion on a global scale? Read the rest of New IPCC chief: Let’s focus on climate change solutions rather than more research

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American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

January 15, 2015 by  
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  Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change , and it’s preparing for the future impact that global warming will have on farming. The surprising move was driven by concerns about snowpack in the western US, which stores water during the winter and then releases it slowly throughout the year. A warming climate means that water stored as snow could instead fall as rain—and that could lead to a serious water shortage during the dry summer season. Read the rest of American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate change drought , climate change policy , dealing with climate change , drought dams , Farm Bureau climate change , Farm Bureau drought , Farm Bureau global warming , farmer drought , farming climate change , farming drought , farming global warming , global warming drought

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Climate Change Deniers Win in the Battle to (Not) Address Global Warming

March 25, 2014 by  
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Scientists don’t usually play into dramatics, but earlier this month  The American Association for the Advancement of Science  practically shouted from the rooftops about the dangers of climate change. If they had been shouting about something sensational, perhaps the news cycles would have covered the story non-stop. But instead, scientists find themselves in the unenviable position of trying to force people to care about what may be the biggest issue facing humanity. With climate change threatening everything from food to water ways , why is it so difficult to get people to care? Read the rest of Climate Change Deniers Win in the Battle to (Not) Address Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change deniers , climate change deniers win , climate change irreversible , climate change news , climate change policy , climate change politics , Climate change report , climate change science , global warming , global warming deniers , global warming deniers win , global warming policy , global warming politics , global warming science , scientists , scientists talk about climate change , scientists talk about global warming , The Guardian , the Guardian climate change , UK climate change , us climate change , winning the climate change battle , winning the global warming battle        

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