Topic: Sustainability

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How to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 — but there is a cost

To expand the global use of clean energy technology, the International Energy Agency road map lays out milestones that would cost an estimated $5 trillion and create tens of millions of jobs.

Philadelphia to turn crumbling piers into a waterfront park

The piers, located along the Delaware River in South Philadelphia, will be linked with a curving boardwalk and will include various habitats for plants and aquatic life.

Using remote sensing to detect changes in soil surface elevation

Agriculture tillage is the process of ripping the soil to prepare it for planting. This is the most common management method in U.S. agriculture. Remote sensing contributes to the monitoring of topographical and land morphological changes. A new paper in the Journal of Surveying Engineering, "Comparison of sUAS Photogrammetry and TLS for Detecting Changes in Soil Surface Elevations Following Deep Tillage," assesses the effectiveness...

Floating, nature-forward campus imagined for New York Harbor

Seven man-made “disc” islands that are linked via walkways and surrounded by floating wetlands are designed for humans and flora and fauna.

Slideshow: ‘Leaning’ library to offer expansive views, lessen solar gain in South Korea

The design of a multistory, rounded library protects south-facing interiors from solar gain in summer while maximizing thermal gain in winter.

Companies join forces to develop carbon-negative bioenergy facility

The facility will use biomass to generate electricity. The carbon dioxide produced during that generation will be sequestered underground.

New paper maps spatial and temporal evolution of ditch networks

A new paper in the "Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering" uses aerial images to provide new insight into temporal and special distribution of catchment-scale peatland drainage.

Construction begins on NYC waterfront park, beach

A portion of a “forgotten” New York City street will become a new park on the edge of Manhattan, helping soften the city’s waterfront.

Buro Happold sets ambitious company and client climate targets

The global engineering consulting firm Buro Happold recently set ambitious targets for achieving net-zero carbon status as a company and reducing the carbon emissions of its clients.

Now is (finally) the time to future-proof our infrastructure

Constantine Samaras and Mikhail Chester write of the unique opportunity afforded by the upcoming infrastructure bill in Congress, presenting it as a chance to finally address the country’s need for climate-resilient infrastructure.