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As part of this plan, as India Block reported in Dezeen, “selected roads will be replaced by grass, and trees will be planted to provide shade for other routes, cooling parts of the city” as well as preventing flooding. Furthermore, Arnhem will “continue to invest in gas-free houses, windmills and solar parks in order to prevent further harm to the climate,” Janene Pieters noted in the NL Times.
Why This Matters: Arnhem is at the frontlines of climate change. The city has experienced multiple floods in the past few years, and according to the NL Times, parts of heat stress rages in parts of the city. That the city is taking swift and well-thought out action on these issues– even going so far as to run “downpour simulations” in 2019— provides potential models for other cities worldwide that want to adapt to and combat climate change. As climate expert Marjolein Pijpers-Van Esch told Trouw, “Most municipalities are still not doing enough to prepare for a more extreme weather forecast.” Perhaps with Arnhem’s lead, other cities will soon follow.
by Ashira Morris From fishery management to forest protection, the environmentalist vs. industry frame is often a roadblock to sustainable practices. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In Canada, environmentalists, logging companies, and First Nations people came together to create a management plan for the Great Bear Rainforest. This stretch of the British […]
If you’ve ever noticed that there’s something off about the timing and duration of fall foliage where you live–you’re not imagining things! As with many ecological processes, human activity is shifting the arrival of our seasons through what’s described as “season creep.“ As the Washington Post wrote this past weekend: “Human activities transform not just […]
Back in January, President Trump said the U.S. would join the World Economic Forum’s “Trillion Trees” Initiative — but in the 9 months since then we have heard little of it. Today, the President signed an Executive Order saying that “given the expansive footprint of our Federal forests and woodlands, this order initiates the formation […]
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