Category: Earth/Climate science

Why Groundwater Needs to be Constantly Monitored

Why Groundwater Needs to be Constantly Monitored

Why Groundwater Needs to be Constantly Monitored

07/14/19

“Why do we need to constantly monitor groundwater?”

Groundwater is used worldwide for drinking and irrigation water. However, if levels become too low or the water becomes too toxic, then there could be disastrous consequences on a community’s health, as in the current ongoing case in Chennai, India. This is Why Groundwater Needs to be Constantly Monitored.

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Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens

07/01/19

“What is a simple way to build resilience against urban water runoff?”

With the advent of the changing climate, flood resilience will be a hot topic for urban areas. One of the simplest green stormwater infrastructure methods is to simply build Rain Gardens which can divert runoff water into depressed areas with soil to grow greenery. This is a simple and cost-effective method to enhance climate change resilience.

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Urban Flooding

Urban Flooding

Urban Flooding

06/29/19

“How does flooding in urban areas occur and how does it damage infrastructure?”

Floods occur when there is an overflow of water in an area that is usually dry. This can occur in urban areas as well, usually caused by too much rainfall or a burst in storm control infrastructure. Urban Flooding can wreak havoc on communities and cost upwards of billions of dollars in damages. 

The Ratio of Fresh Surface Water to Ocean Surface Water and Why it Matters

The Ratio of Fresh Surface Water to Ocean Surface Water and Why it Matters

The Ratio of Fresh Surface Water to Ocean Surface Water and Why it Matters

06/27/19

“Why does it matter that there is over thirty-two times as much water in the ocean than lakes?”

Water is foundational to biological life. 97% of surface water is located in the ocean while the rest are in lakes and other freshwater sources. Since humans are using freshwater at unsustainable rates and ocean water has extra salinity, people will have to think more about conserving water and expanding desalinization

Flues (Architecture)

Flues (Architecture)

Flues (Architecture)

06/26/19

“How is smoke from a controlled fire source let out of a building?”

Controlled fire has all sorts of uses for humans. Whether it be keeping a home warm with a fireplace, heating water, or using an electric generator, something is there. But fire often releases particles into the air which may be harmful for human health. So how can we get rid of these? Well, what if we were to send the smoke through a chimney and out through a hole called a flue? This is the exact idea behind ventilation in modern architecture.  

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How Carbon Capture Should be Split Between the Western and Eastern United States

How Carbon Capture Should be Split Between the Western and Eastern United States

How Carbon Capture Should be Split Between the Western and Eastern United States

06/25/19

“Why should we deploy carbon capture devices in the Western US and plant trees instead in the Eastern US?”

As of right now, there is a fierce debate in the negative emissions technology space. Some believe that mechanical negative emissions technologies are too expensive and electricity dependent and that we should plant trees instead Others believe that trees take up too much water and land resources as well as provide fuel for fires. However, these solutions are not mutually exclusive, and should be deployed according to an area’s needs. In the Western US, water is scarce and is being more so while there is plenty of sunlight for cheap solar energy, making mechanical carbon capture devices quite practical. In the Eastern US, rain and water is plentiful and floods are happening more frequently, so planting a large amount of trees would be logical. This is How Carbon Capture Should be Split Between the Western and Eastern United States.

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Negative Carbon Emission Technologies

Negative Carbon Emission Technologies

Negative Carbon Emission Technologies

06/20/19

“How can we use technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?”

Humanity is reaching a crisis point. We are adding so much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each second that we will soon reach irreversible climate damage. To solve this, we’re going to need to use every technology we have at our arsenal, whether it be wide arrays of solar panels or intense energy efficiency measures. But the true kingmaker of solutions comes from a group of technology that is still quite ominous and undeveloped. These Negative Carbon Emission Technologies work by using a series of processes to store more carbon dioxide than they produce. This can be done in a multitude of ways, whether it be through planting more trees or capturing carbon from the atmosphere and shoving it down into the ground. With these solutions, we can tip the odds in our favor in our fight for decarbonization.

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