Mar 26, 2013

Environmental Solutions Collage: The Climate Change Debate Is Over... Now Lets Prepare 4 Floods

Bugs Bunny In "Water Water Every Hare"...

There is an old story...

There were a couple of guys holding to the ground at the bottom of a fast river.  One was too afraid to let go and continues to hold on to the ground... at the bottom of the river. The other man let go and tumbled along... badly bruised... more than a little scared... then he floated up from the bottom of the river and towards the middle of the river... away from the rocks. He got to dry land. The other guy holding on to the bottom of the river drowned. 

The best analysis of Climate Change on TV...

Ending the Silence on Climate Change

March 15, 2013
Remember climate change? The issue barely comes up with any substance in our current political dialogue. But bringing climate change back into our national conversation is as much a communications challenge as it is a scientific one.

This week, in an encore broadcast, scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, joins Bill to describe his efforts to galvanize communities over what’s arguably the greatest single threat facing humanity. Leiserowitz, who specializes in the psychology of risk perception, knows better than anyone if people are willing to change their behavior to make a difference.

“[A] pervasive sense up to now has been that climate change is distant — distant in time, and distant in space,” Leiserowitz tells Bill. “And what we’re now beginning to see is that it’s not so distant. I have a nine-year-old son — he’s going to be my age in the year 2050. I don’t want him to live in the world that we’re currently hurtling towards.”

rous climate change denial club, which is actually now shrinking faster than the polar ice caps.

Climate Change & It's Aftermath... Is Now.

Change to handle the future or events will make adjustments their own way. 

Every area has it's challenges but through decentralization of energy and food production it's possible to move towards abundance rather than to move from calamity to calamity. If we are prepared then the next storm could be an opportunity for us to generate reserve power and heavy rains can be used to replenish our water supplies. Everything can be made easier if we put our minds to it.

Climate Change Debate Is Over...

Vicki Arroyo: Let's prepare for our new climate

Set aside the politics: Data shows that climate change is happening, measurably, now. And as Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world -- local examples of thinking ahead.

Preparing for Floods (Flood Management)

Floods are the fastest way to wipe away a city, town or country. People often don't realize  how powerful floods can be. Nor do they realize how powerful natural disasters can be. The recent category 1 storm brought New York, New Jersey and most of the eastern seaboard to it's knees (Sandy). Watch how fast a small flood can make a community helpless...

In terms of flood management, this is letting go...

A look towards the future (one that we can reach faster or sooner depending on decision we are making now)...

This deals with rising tides and thunderstorms (not tsunamis or monster waves)...
Addressing growing concern over climate change, Remistudio’s massive floating Ark can battle rising tides.

This deals with the need for more farming land, but not waves or any sort...
Underwater Skyscraper is a Self-Sufficient City at Sea

Ocean levels are rising around the globe, so rather than tethering our buildings to the sinking shoreline why not suit them for a life at sea? That’s the approach behind the Water-Scraper, a futuristic self-sufficient floating city. A special mention in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the design expands the concept of a floating island into a full-fledged underwater skyscraper that harvests renewable energy and grows its own food.

Combining the ark idea with the farming idea (the lower structure adds stability making it much less likely to overturn in a large wave), would be a great idea for stable oceanic housing.

Also, imagine traveling between the underwater towers while a storm, or sunny day, rages above!

Other Alternative Energy Solutions

 Wind Energy...
New Wind Turbine Design Good for Rural, Urban Environment

Info on large wind farms in development in the UK: UK offshore windfarms – interactive

William Kamkwamba: On Building A Windmill 

When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind (2009)

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

Documentary: Wind: An Energy Alternative (1980)
This program looks at the history and uses of wind power, used for centuries by humans to move boats, pump water and grind grain including discussions on efficiency, problems in the urban environment, experimental systems and windmill use across the United States.

Bio Fuels/Gas...

Science Nation: Green Gasoline...

Carbon neutral gasoline ... from plants! Like everyone else, George Huber knows money doesn't grow on trees. But, ask him where gasoline comes from and he won't just tell you, he'll show you. To fully understand, Science Nation recently went with Huber to a local lumber yard in Amherst, Mass. A lumber yard is the perfect place to find cellulose, the key building block in plant cells and the organic material that gives plants their structure. So what does cellulose have to do with gasoline? A lot!

Geo Thermal

Many different types of methods are also being developed to harness energy from waves...

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