Posts Tagged "Sea-level"

Artificial reefs for tsunami protection

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013

In Sumatra, new methods are under development to protect cities from tsunamis: “It uses the concept of cathode accretion–putting a small electrical charge in the water that draws calcium carbonate (the stuff reefs are made of) out of solution and onto an iron-based skeleton. The calcium slowly accumulates, creating an artificial reef and wave barrier.” And down the road, the same method may be used to create community hubs as places of refuge from tsunami waters.  

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Why the Dutch Can Implement Flood-Control Measures

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013

There’s a fascinating article in today’s online issue of The Atlantic Cities: “We’re In This Together: What the Dutch Know About Flooding That We Don’t. The short article explores why residents of The Netherlands can pull together to put in place flood-control measures, even if they cost a lot of money. In The Netherlands (Holland), a flooding event is nearly universal–nearly everyone is affected by it, so everybody knows that they have to deal with control measures. In the U.S., by contrast, a flood affecting New Orleans or coastal New Jersey won’t...

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Maryland taking sea level rise seriously

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013

On December 28, 2012, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed an executive order that will boost Maryland’s resilience. The executive order, “Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction,” requires sea level rise, flooding, and extreme weather to be taken into account in the construction or reconstruction of all state buildings and facilities. O’Malley is one of the nation’s more responsive governors on the issue of climate change. In 2009 he signed legislation that calls for a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 2020, compared to 2006...

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New York City Task Force Convened to Respond to Superstorm Sandy

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012

Superstorm Sandy took a major toll on New York City, but if a newly created task force succeeds, the impact of future such events should be lessened. At the request of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Urban Green Council (New York City’s chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council) has convened a special Building Resiliency Task Force to take an in-depth look at how to better prepare the city’s buildings for future storms and infrastructure failures. The Task Force is comprised of four committees and three working groups. The committees are Commercial...

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Gas Lines Point to a Need for Resilience

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012

By now we’ve all seen the photos of houses buried in sand along the Jersey Shore, burned-out homes in Queens, and submerged subway stations in Manhattan. Those spectacular images were in the first wave of news from Superstorm Sandy this week. The secondary, lingering effects might not be as dramatic, but they are nonetheless very significant. And they demonstrate, ever so clearly, our need for greater resilience. As of yesterday, November 1st, there were still 4.5 million customers without power in New York, New Jersey, and surrounding states, and it appears that many of those outages may...

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