Category: Earth/Climate science

How Urban Sprawl Can Lead to Flooding Vulnerabilities

How Urban Sprawl Can Lead to Flooding Vulnerabilities

How Urban Sprawl Can Lead to Flooding Vulnerabilities

02/23/20

“How can urban sprawl lead to flooding vulnerabilities?”

 

Urban sprawl is infamous for causing an untold amount of problems in cities. When cement is poured over floodplains, the local area loses its water absorption capacity and becomes more prone to runoffs and flash floods. An example of this was the massive damage inflicted upon the city of Houston in late 2017 from Hurricane Maria, much of it exacerbated from its urban sprawl. This is How Urban Sprawl Can Lead to Flooding Vulnerabilities.

Sea-Level Rise and Urban Planning

Sea-Level Rise and Urban Planning

Sea-Level Rise and Urban Planning

02/22/20

“Why does sea-level rise need to be included in urban planning?”

 

Sea-level rise from climate change is becoming an increasing concern for urban planners and officials. Because of this, all new urban designs must factor in how their plans will adapt to sea-level rise, whether it be using seawalls or sponge cities. This is how Sea-Level Rise and Urban Planning are connected.

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How Climate Migration Can Impact Housing Affordability

How Climate Migration Can Impact Housing Affordability

How Climate Migration Can Impact Housing Affordability

02/21/20

“How can climate migration impact housing affordability?”

 

More and more people are leaving their long-held homes in response to climate stress. These people often move to nearby areas en-masse. Often times these new places do not have enough housing stock to accommodate the new arrivals, resulting in a market pinch, increasing the cost of living dramatically. For this reason, climate-safe areas will need to vastly increase their housing stock to accommodate future residents. This How Climate Migration Can Impact Housing Affordability.

Dry Season

Dry Season

Dry Season

02/15/20

“What are seasons with little rain?”

 

Seasons all over the world are quite dynamic. Periods with little rain are often called Dry Season and are one of the primary causes behind droughts and wildfires.

How Land Loss From Sea-Level Rise Can Harm Economies

How Land Loss From Sea-Level Rise Can Harm Economies

How Land Loss From Sea-Level Rise Can Harm Economies

02/12/20

“How can the loss of coastal land lead to economic devastation?”

 

The coast is the basis of life for many communities. whether it be catching fish, trade in ports, or money from tourism. However, as global temperature levels climb, so will the sea-level. This will engulf land around coastal communities, severing them from their income source, resulting in financial ruin. This is How Land Loss From Sea-Level Rise Can Harm Economies.

Salinity Loss

Salinity Loss

Salinity Loss

02/11/20

“Why is a body of water losing salinity levels a bad thing?”

 

The amount of saltwater in this world is massive. Standing at around 1.386 billion cubic kilometers, saltwater makes up 97.5% of all water on this planet. However, as freshwater rain and river overflowing spills into saltwater and creates Salinity Loss, the environmental and economic damage can be long-lasting.