The World’s Cities Are Sinking

The World’s Cities Are Sinking

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer How much does a city weigh? You can’t put San Francisco on a scale, but new research from the US Geological Service estimates that the number is 1.6 trillion kilograms, about the same as 250,000,000 elephants.  This isn’t just a clever math problem, though: all that weight is causing […]

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The Bay Area’s Rising Groundwater a Toxic Time Bomb

The Bay Area’s Rising Groundwater a Toxic Time Bomb

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A lesser-known facet of climate change could threaten California’s San Francisco Bay Brea: rising groundwater. As Bay Area sea level rises, so does groundwater which comes with a host of externalities.  It seeps through basement cracks, chronically backs up toilets, corrodes pipes, and worst of all: resurfaces toxic substances […]

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Nature-Based Solutions Can Make Up For Lost Time On Climate Change

Nature-Based Solutions Can Make Up For Lost Time On Climate Change

By Sally Yozell and Jack W. Stuart The U.S. is re-entering international climate change diplomacy at a critical moment. After a year of record-setting climate events, President Biden has placed climate change on the top of his agenda. He has named experienced climate leaders to key White House positions, rejoined the Paris agreement, and enacted […]

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Will Venice’s Tide Barriers Be Enough to Prevent Flooding?

Will Venice’s Tide Barriers Be Enough to Prevent Flooding?

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer Venice, Italy has been in the process of building a floodgate system, MOSE,  to avert its devastating flood season known as acqua alta. Thus far, the system has been successful in blocking some floods from overtaking the city—on October 3rd of this year, MOSE successfully prevented the high tide […]

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Will The Government Require Federally-Funded Buildings to Meet Flood Standards?

Will The Government Require Federally-Funded Buildings to Meet Flood Standards?

In order to ensure we are adapting to climate change, E&E News reports that some experts are arguing that the incoming Biden Administration may want to put back in place a requirement that all buildings, infrastructure, and homes funded or backed with federal dollars be flood-proofed.

Why This Matters:  Not being flood-proofed is just dumb and really costly in the long run.

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Despite Sea Level Rise, Some Small Islands Are Expanding

Despite Sea Level Rise, Some Small Islands Are Expanding

Researchers studying climate change have found that despite sea-levels rising, some islands are growing faster and are able to stay ahead of the ocean.  Atolls — islands that are situated within rings of coral reefs — are formed by sediments shed by the reefs around them.  Scientists believe that many atolls in the Pacific will disappear in the decades to come because of sea-level rise.

Why This Matters:  This research, funded in part by the U.S. Geological Survey, shows that natural systems can adapt in the face of momentous changes — the sea level at Jeh Island is rising much more each year than in most parts of the world.

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