Dutch engineers test floating island to combat rising sea levels

August 8, 2017 by  
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It’s no secret that sea levels are rising and land is becoming even more scarce. This is particularly sobering in the Netherlands , where two-thirds of the country dips below sea level . Fortunately, Dutch engineers are already developing solutions, including a “floating mega-island” comprised of 87 floating triangles tethered to the ocean floor. Engineers from the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) revealed the prototype of the design in a bid to entice investors. The floating island concept, which is made up of triangles composed of wood and polystyrene , was tested out in a water tank, complete with simulated wind and waves. MARIN’s goal for the future is to see the floating islands grow to 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles. The space will be large enough for a city-sized settlement of homes, farms , parks, recreational areas, and ports. As IFLScience reports, it would also be an ideal setting for sustainable energy projects that require access to the sea. Offshore wind farms, tidal energy, wave energy and floating solar panels would power the mega island. Related: Amazing Dutch Windwheel is a green energy generator you can live in Olaf Waals, project manager and designer of the concept at MARIN, said in a statement, “In a time of rising sea levels, overpopulated cities, and an increasing number of activities at sea, raising dikes and spraying of sand may not be the most effective solution. Floating ports and cities are an innovative alternative that fits the Dutch maritime tradition.” Though there are numerous obstacles to developing the floating island concept, Waals told AFP News Agency that both he and the Institute are confident the project will be feasible — as well as necessary — within the next 10 to 20 years. Waals told the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf that faced with rising sea levels and a lack of space, “the Netherlands will have to divert back towards the water.” Via CNN Images via MARIN

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The last time Earth was this hot was 125,000 years ago

January 23, 2017 by  
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Proving once more that climate change is a runaway problem, scientists just revealed that the earth is the hottest it’s been in 125,000 years. The last time global temperatures were this high, sea levels completely covered the land on which New Orleans currently sits. According to a new report in Science Magazine , today’s ocean surface temperatures are comparable to those dating back 125,000 years. Jeremy Hoffman and colleagues at Oregon State University studied chemical clues in 104 seafloor sediment samples taken from areas around the world. By comparing the samples, they were able to create a picture of what the climate actually looked like 125,000 years ago. Related; Scientists warn rapidly melting glacier in West Antarctica could cause serious global havoc Scientists regularly look to the last interglacial period to model how Earth’s rising temperature will affect sea levels. Sea levels rose 20 to 30 feet above their current levels, and the average global sea surface temperatures at that time were almost identical to the 1995 to 2014 average temperatures, according to the researchers. According to Science News, this new information will help scientists improve predictions about how our oceans will respond to climate change. + Science Magazine Via Science News Images via NPS Climate Change Response , Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade , and NASA

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Terrifying new report by James Hansen and leading climate scientists shows coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

July 22, 2015 by  
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A new study penned by 17 of the world’s top climate change experts suggests rates of glacial melt have been drastically underestimated and, with this new information, sea levels are projected to rise as much as 10 feet within the next 50 years. This would have an undeniable and irreversible effect on coastal cities like New York and Miami, where large numbers of people reside in the very areas that could be underwater within just a few decades. Read the rest of Terrifying new report by James Hansen and leading climate scientists shows coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

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Elegant YO! Home fits a two-bedroom house into a single one-bedroom apartment

July 22, 2015 by  
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Clover Stornetta recalls milk products that may contain plastic

July 22, 2015 by  
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Clover Stornetta Farms in Petaluma, Calif., has announced a voluntary recall of some of their milk products due to possible contamination. The milk products may contain small pieces of food grade plastic. No complaints have been made but the company is recalling three products distributed throughout Northern California just in case. Read the rest of Clover Stornetta recalls milk products that may contain plastic

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CALTROPe Modular Marine Infrastructure Reduces Agricultural Land Loss by Helping Mangrove Forests Grow

December 20, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of CALTROPe Modular Marine Infrastructure Reduces Agricultural Land Loss by Helping Mangrove Forests Grow Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Budapest architects , CALTROPe , CALTROPe mangrove , Climate Change , environmental destruction , mangrove forests , marine infrastructure , natural dams , river delta marine life , sea level rise , Szövetség’39 , water issues        

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Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

May 6, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boston , Climate Change , global climate change , Miam , New York. , Nickolay Lamm , rising sea levels , sea level , Washington DC        

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Infographic Shows the Impact of Rising Sea Levels and Eroding Coastlines Around the World

April 22, 2013 by  
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This infographic by Vouchercloud details some of the perils facing mankind and thousands of species as a result of melting icecaps and rising oceans . The greatest influence on the current increase in ocean volume is not the melting of ice caps, but the increase in ocean temperature. With over 50% of the world’s population living in coastal areas the Red Cross estimates that inland communities will be set to receive 200 million environmental refugees by 2050. Read on for a closer look. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Infographic Shows the Impact of Rising Sea Levels and Eroding Coastlines Around the World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , coastline , Environment , eroding coastlines , global warming , infographic , polar ice caps , rising sea levels , sea level , Sustainability , water issues        

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Win $1000 in the Better World, Better Coastline Challenge

June 7, 2011 by  
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Calling all students! Do you have a smart design solution that will protect vulnerable coastal communities against climate change? Then submit your design for a better coastline to the Better World Challenge . The winner will receive $1,000, assistance in making their vision a reality, and complimentary admission to the three-day A Better World by Design conference in Providence, RI

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Laura Cooperman’s Incredible Paper Landscapes Depict Global Cities

June 7, 2011 by  
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Using only a scalpel, sheets of paper, and some pins, Cooperman’s two-dimensional cities are almost like a fine drawing, a silhouette displayed against a plain backdrop. After studying and working in New York and then Beijing, an award gave Cooperman the freedom to travel for the following year

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