The Pentagon removed 23 climate change references from a report on military risk

May 10, 2018 by  
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Internal documents from the Pentagon reveal a notable de-emphasis on climate change as a national security threat, seemingly to accommodate a president who does not believe in climate change itself. As revealed by the Washington Post , earlier Obama-era drafts of a Defense Department report referenced climate change 23 times; the Trump-era version mentions climate change only once, with previous references removed or changed to more Trump-palatable phrases such as “extreme weather.” Though the Pentagon continues to treat climate change as a potentially destabilizing threat to national security, it seems poised to avoid political battles on what has become a partisan issue. The Washington Post was not able to verify who made the changes to the report, and the Department of Defense would not comment on that issue. “As highlighted in the report, the effects of climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to missions, operational plans, and installations,” Pentagon spokesperson Heather Babb said in a statement . “DOD continues to focus on ensuring its installations and infrastructure are resilient to a wide range of threats, including climate. The Department has a proven record of planning and preparing for such threats.” Related: Hawaii just set the most ambitious climate goal of any US state: carbon neutral by 2045 While the Trump-era version of the report still reaches the conclusion that extreme weather poses a national security threat, it does not address sea-level rise as directly as the Obama -era version. This problem is particularly pertinent for the US military, whose bases in Norfolk, Virginia and the Marshall Islands are at risk of flooding as sea levels increase. A map that revealed locations which face heightened flood risk was also removed. “The wordsmithing, not saying ‘climate,’ I could live with that,” Dennis McGinn, a former Obama Administration assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment and retired Navy vice admiral, told the Washington Post . “But taking out … maps of critical areas of flooding, that’s pretty fundamental. And the Arctic , that’s huge, for a lot of reasons, not just for Department of Defense, but for the Coast Guard, and commercial shipping business.” Via The Washington Post Images via Depositphotos (1)

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O2 Studio renovated an old Netherlands home into a gorgeous energy-neutral villa

May 10, 2018 by  
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In the Netherlands, an old home dating back to the 1960s has been given an energy-neutral makeover, and the results are stunning. At the request of the owners,  O2 Studio revamped the home into an energy-efficient powerhouse . In addition to using passive strategies, like adding more windows and skylights to let in optimal natural light, O2 Studio installed an innovative hybrid system of PV panels and geothermal heat to generate clean energy. Located in Bunnik, near Utrech, the family home is a great example of how to renovate an old structure using sustainable materials and energy-efficient features to bring it into the 21st century. The architects decided to retain the original layout of the structure, but wanted to flood its interior with as much light as possible. Thanks to several windows and a skylight, the house is naturally lit throughout the day, reducing energy use and costs. The home’s self-sustaining energy system takes advantage of both geothermal heating and solar power  through a roof-mounted PV array. Related: Kumar residence is an energy-efficient, zinc-clad renovation in San Francisco On the interior, a new glass staircase leading to the upper floor was installed to enhance the home’s open floor plan. The ground floor of the home was extended to make space for an open kitchen and seating area, which leads to the outside through extremely large glass sliding doors — again, bringing in natural light wherever possible. The kitchen and dining area was placed 50 centimeters lower than the entrance level — a strategic design tactic that seamlessly connects the inside of the villa with the outdoor garden and a beautiful river nearby. In fact, the home is surrounded by greenery , giving it a contemporary cabin-in-the-woods feel. + O2 Studio Photography by Ossip via O2 Studio    

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The U.S. Army is developing a 173mph hoverbike

June 23, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Since Return of the Jedi, the concept of a hoverbike has been undeniably cool, but the flying machines may also have many practical advantages over standard helicopters—namely they’re cheaper, quieter and safer. And for some time now there has been speculation that they could be useful in search and rescue missions and first-responder emergency scenarios. This has piqued the interest of the U.S. Department of Defense, who have brought U.K. hoverbike pioneers Malloy Aeronautics to Maryland to develop Malloy’s high-flying, 173mph carbon fiber craft for the Army. Read the rest of The U.S. Army is developing a 173mph hoverbike Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aviation , bicopter , chris malloy , department of defense , first responder , hoverbike , malloy aeronautics , Quadcopter , search and rescue , survice , U.S. Army

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Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

August 21, 2013 by  
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A new report by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project warns that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located just 38 miles north of New York City is practically defenseless against terrorist attacks . The report states that the plant (which is already sitting on an earthquake fault line) is vulnerable to sniper and rocket-propelled grenade attacks, and it could be easily struck by a ship as well. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: department of defense , Department of Energy , Indian Point , National Institute of Standards and Technology , New York. , nuclear power , Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project , Regulatory Commission , renewable energy , terrorism , terrorists , university of texas , Washington DC        

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Matali Crasset’s Pop Up Library Offers Light Reading and Shade on a French Beach

August 21, 2013 by  
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U.S. House Approves Congressional Action to Protect Bangladeshi Garment Workers

June 23, 2013 by  
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The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a defense authorization bill that will protect Bangladeshi garment workers from the same kind of tragedy that killed over one thousand workers outside of the capital Dakka. The bill will require all factories that produce military-branded garments, as well as Department of Defense -owned base retail stores or “exchanges” to meet fire and building safety codes in keeping with America’s “core values”. Hit the jump for the details. Image via Shutterstock READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , building code , defense authorization bill , department of defense , eco-fashion , Fashion , garment workers , House of Representatives , military exchanges , safety code , Sustainable Fashion        

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US Navy Scientists Develop Process To Transform Seawater Into Green Jet Fuel

September 27, 2012 by  
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Feeling the pinch of high gas prices every time you fill up your car? Be thankful you’re not the U.S. Military . Tired of wasting so much of its budget on fossil fuels, the US Navy has led the quest for greener alternatives, including research by scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop a process that could transform abundant seawater into fuel for Navy jets. If successful their efforts could have a huge impact; in 2010 alone the Department of Defense shelled out approximately $11 billion on “operational energy,” the energy used by military forces in the execution of their field missions. That’s the equivalent of the entire budget of the state of Tennessee. And that’s doesn’t even include all the energy needed to power vehicles and military bases here at home. Read the rest of US Navy Scientists Develop Process To Transform Seawater Into Green Jet Fuel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , alternative fuels , biofuels , department of defense , fossil fuels , fuel consumption , fuel efficiency , jet fuel , Naval Research Laboratory , seawater , US Navy

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Droog Hotel: Droog’s Plug-N-Play Amsterdam Oasis Rejuvenates Your Body And Mind

September 27, 2012 by  
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Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

September 27, 2012 by  
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One of South Africa’s most celebrated architecture studios has designed a High Line Park for Cape Town. Winning the Re-Imagine Cape Town design competition with this bold proposal, Tsai Design envisions transforming the city’s infamous unfinished highway overlooking the bustling downtown area into a public park, renewable energy generating station and a Museum of City Planning and Transportation. Read the rest of Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Cape Town , eco design , green design , public space , South Africa , sustainable design , Tsai Design , Unfinished Highway , Urban design , visserhoek shipping container , wind energy

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New Camouflage Makeup Protects Soldiers Against the Intense Heat of Bomb Blasts

August 26, 2012 by  
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Camouflaged Soldier Photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have developed next-generation camouflage makeup which could protect soldiers against the intense heat of bombs blasts. The breakthrough material—presented by Professor Robert Lochhead at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society —is applied in much the same way as sunscreen and creates a layer on the skin thinner than a single sheet of paper. The makeup can provide protection against the short, two-second intense thermal blasts which occur in an explosion for 15 seconds. Not only would this provide an additional safeguard for military personnel, but the makeup could also be used by firefighters to provide valuable seconds to move to safety during an emergency. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bomb explosion , camouflage makeup , department of defense , explosion defense , fireproof clothing , military clothing , military make up , next generation make up , robert lochhead , thermal blast , UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

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