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What would an entirely flood-proof city look like

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An aerial rendering of New Meadowlands, a proposal to provide flood protection and recreational amenities with a system of berms and marshes in Meadowlands, New Jersey
Photograph: MIT CAU + ZUS + URBANISTEN

The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard

September 25, 2017 — They call it “pave, pipe, and pump”: the mentality that has dominated urban development for over a century. Continue reading What would an entirely flood-proof city look like

Hong Kong raises highest warning for Severe Typhoon Hato

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TYPHOON PREPS. A security guard reinforces doors taped up as winds from Typhoon Hato lash the exterior of the IFC building in Hong Kong’s Central district on August 23, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

It is the first such alert in 5 years and only the the third time the Typhoon 10 warning has been issued since 1997

HONG KONG (Aug. 23, 2017) — Hong Kong raised its highest storm warning Wednesday, August 23, as Severe Typhoon Hato brought the city to a standstill, shutting down the stock market and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy rain and winds pummeled the territory. Continue reading Hong Kong raises highest warning for Severe Typhoon Hato

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

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Barack Obama has transferred a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund just three days before he leaves office. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments

January 18, 2017 — Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.  Continue reading Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

Five ways to deliver on the Paris climate talks

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‘Summits at Copenhagen, Kyoto and Montreal were attempts to pull us back from the brink of disaster. But they came up short. Paris is a critical breakthrough.’ Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The Paris agreement was a breakthrough, but it is up to all of us to act as guardians of these new standards – and of our future

April 22, 2016 — Last December, world leaders convened in Paris in an extraordinary effort to find a global solution for reducing destructive carbon emissions – the indisputable driver of climate change – and to prevent our planet from a destructive 2°C increase Continue reading Five ways to deliver on the Paris climate talks

Climate scientists worry about the costs of sea level rise

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The remnants of the Jet Star roller coaster is pictured in the ocean, almost five months after Superstorm Sandy, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey March 21, 2013. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/REUTERS
New research addresses the economic costs of damages associated with sea level rise

March 2, 2016 — As humans add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, it not only warms the planet, but also raises the oceans. Ocean waters are rising for a number of reasons including thermal expansion of water (as water warms, it expands to a larger volume), Continue reading Climate scientists worry about the costs of sea level rise

PH largest solar farm up in Batangas

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BIGGEST SOLAR FARM Rather than harvest rice and corn, this 160-hectare farm in Calatagan, Batangas province, the largest solar facility in the country, generates heat from the sun, providing power to the western part of Batangas.
A sea of metalloid panels as far as the eye can see gleams in the sun in a 160-hectare farm traversing a rolling terrain near the foot of Mount San Piro in Batangas province

March 1, 2016 —Instead of growing crops like rice or corn, this vast farm harvests heat from the sun and generates enough energy to power the whole of western Batangas.

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Apple Wants to Raise $1.5 Billion to Finance Clean Energy

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NANJING, Jan. 14, 2016– A man walks past a new Apple Store in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, Jan. 14, 2016. Nanjing’s second Apple Store will go into business on Jan. 16. (Xinhua/Yang Lei via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (Feb. 17, 2016) — Apple has issued $1.5 billion in bonds dedicated to financing clean energy projects across its global business operations, the largest green bond to be issued by a U.S. corporation, the company’s head of environmental policy said Wednesday.

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Youth-friendly HIV testing center opens in Manila

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LOVE YOURSELF. The LoveYourself hubs are powered by over 600 trained volunteer counselors. Photo by Ana Santos
LoveYourself Uni also functions as a community center where people can hang out in a safe, non-judgmental environment

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2016) — The significant number of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections clustering around young men who have sex with men (MSM) between the ages 12 to 29 calls for interventions that target this demographic.

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Technology, ancient and modern, can help buildings survive quakes

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QUAKE ZONE. This file photo shows business office buildings in central Tokyo, Japan, September 18, 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA
A look at advanced technologies that Japan uses to protect its buildings

TOKYO, Japan (Feb. 8, 2016) — Shocking images of a Taiwan apartment complex felled like a tree by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake have highlighted what is needed to build a structure that can withstand seismic shocks.

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Mapua Institute of Technology students win in renewable energy contest

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BATHALA. Project Bathala of Team Carding from Mapua Institute of Technology wins in the first Renewable Energy challenge by Sikat Solar. Image courtesy of Sikat Design Challenge
Engineering students from Mapua Institute of Technology won a competition on Renewable Energy solutions. ADMU and DLSU were runner-ups.

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 4, 2016) — Students from top schools in the country won in the Sikat Design Challenge, a renewable energy contest, on Tuesday, February 2, in Makati City.

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