New Orleans $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane

August 25, 2015 by  
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An often-repeated truth about Hurricane Katrina is that the events of August 29, 2005 were not a natural disaster, they were a man-made one caused by the failure of levee systems designed to protect the city. In the wake of the devastating storm, President Bush was told the Army Corps of Engineers would “look into” building Category 5 storm protection for New Orleans, and President Obama later stated such protection was an “ultimate goal” for the city. But as a report by Bob Marshall at The Lens and Politifact has determined, the levee system that currently protects the Big Easy is a “compromise” on that goal. Read the rest of New Orleans $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane

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MIT’s groundbreaking MultiFab 3D printer uses a record 10 materials at once

August 25, 2015 by  
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3D-printing took a giant leap forward this week when an MIT research team announced they have developed a low-cost 3D printer that can use up to 10 different materials for one project. The innovation comes out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and they are calling it “MultiFab” for its ability to handle so many different types of material at the same time. This approach, which also includes vision assistance, can potentially save users time, energy and money. Some users of 3D-printing technology can pick one of two of those, but all three in the same machine is unprecedented at this level. Read the rest of MIT’s groundbreaking MultiFab 3D printer uses a record 10 materials at once

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Black rhino horns are still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown

August 25, 2015 by  
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Shopkeepers in San Francisco’s Chinatown are still selling black rhino horns , despite recent crackdowns by federal agents. The horns, wanted by practitioners of traditional medicine for their purported medicinal properties, create a market that directly contributes to the endangered species status for rhinos. All five species of rhino still living in the wild are considered endangered, with some species having very recently gone extinct . Will lawmakers and law enforcement be able to curb the trade soon enough to prevent further loss of species? Read the rest of Black rhino horns are still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown

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Certain earthquakes threaten skyscrapers more than others

August 25, 2015 by  
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It’s not the size of the earthquake so much as its rate of oscillation that determines the extent of injuries and damage, suggest two scientific papers published recently. Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Kathmandu in April, experts expected the number of deaths to be comparable to a 2005 quake that hit a less-populated area of Kashmir. The actual death toll was close to 9,000 in Nepal, nowhere near the 85,000 people who died in the earlier quake. That “is actually a small number given the density of the population in the Kathmandu area and the vulnerability of the buildings,” Jean-Philippe Avouac, the author of the papers, told The New York Times. Read the rest of Certain earthquakes threaten skyscrapers more than others

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Architect team weaves the Mississippi River’s only waterfall into Minneapolis’ urban fabric

December 5, 2014 by  
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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone to Triple in Size this Year, NOAA Warns

July 11, 2013 by  
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Every year runoff carried by the Mississippi River creates a “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and this year it is expected to triple in size, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Larry McKinney, executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, blames ethanol for the expansion of these low-oxygen waters, which threatens 18 percent of the country’s commercial seafood production. Read the rest of Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone to Triple in Size this Year, NOAA Warns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae bloom , dead zone , Environment , environmental destruction , ethanol production , fertilizer runoff , gulf of mexico , louisiana , Mississippi River , News , texas        

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Army Corps Of Engineers Races to Deepen Mississippi River as Drought Threatens to Close it to Shipping Traffic

January 17, 2013 by  
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Mississippi River photo from Shutterstock 2012 saw the United States hit by some of the most devastating droughts in recent memory . However it’s not just America’s farmers and agricultural developers that have been affected. The Mississippi River , one of the country’s main shipping channels, has become increasingly shallow over the last few months to the point that now the Army Corps of Engineers is in a race to deepen the river to keep navigation open between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois. Read the rest of Army Corps Of Engineers Races to Deepen Mississippi River as Drought Threatens to Close it to Shipping Traffic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Army Corp of Engineers , Climate Change , droughts , geoengineering , Mississippi River , rainfall , shipping , US cargo , us droughts , US shipping

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The Lux Helsinki Festival Illuminates the City Center During the Dark Finnish Winter

January 17, 2013 by  
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Invasive Species Threat Inspires Jeanne Gang to Reimagine Chicago’s South Side

January 3, 2012 by  
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When an environmental problem arises and the Army Corps of Engineers fails to act, leave it to an architect to pick up the reins. The Great Lakes, a vital source of fresh water, are threatened by Asian carp, an invasive species with no known predators. Architect Jeanne Gang has proposed a solution that would create a barrier between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan, restoring the natural flow of the Chicago River while also helping to introduce green infrastructure and revitalize a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Read the rest of Invasive Species Threat Inspires Jeanne Gang to Reimagine Chicago’s South Side Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , Army Corps of Engineers , Asian carp , chicago , Chicago’s South Side , Design , Eco Architecture , eco design , Gang Studios , great lakes , green architecture , green design , Harvard Graduate School of Design , invasive species , jeanne gang , Lake Michigan , MacArthur grant , Mississippi River , Natural Resources Defense Council , neighborhood revitalization , Reverse Effect , sustainable design , urban planning

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India Announces Plans to Produce 33.4 Gigawatts of Solar Energy by 2022

January 3, 2012 by  
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As the world’s second-most populous country and a growing global power, India would do well to think about its energy future, and it seems to be doing so . According to a report by  Bridge to India , the country is aiming to install 33.4 GW of solar power nationwide — much more than the 20 GW previously targeted by India’s National Solar Mission. Read the rest of India Announces Plans to Produce 33.4 Gigawatts of Solar Energy by 2022 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , bridge of india , china solar energy , Desertec , india 2020 , india solar capacity , India solar energy , india solar energy output , india solar power , India’s National solar Mission , NSM India , solar energy gw , solar schedule india

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