Category: Engineering

How to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts Through Home Repair Programs

How to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts Through Home Repair Programs

How to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts Through Home Repair Programs 

01/24/21

“How can we prepare for climate change impacts through home repair programs?”

Homes in disrepair are more prone to be hurt by climate impacts. To prevent against this, repairs and retrofits can be taken out by local governments to strengthen their adaptation capability. Whether it be through updating a building to the latest wildfire codes or elevating it to accommodate for sea-level rise, this is How to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts Through Home Repair Programs.

Climate Trajectories

Climate Trajectories

Climate Trajectories

01/23/21

“What are the different climate trajectories that we may be headed towards?”

Depending on how much investment is put into climate mitigation, we may be headed on vastly different trajectories. A 2 degrees C rise in temperatures by mid-century is going to be catastrophically different than one that is 5 degrees c. This is why understanding Climate Trajectories is so important, especially for designing climate-adapted infrastructure.

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International Climate Disasters

International Climate Disasters

International Climate Disasters

01/22/21

“What happens when a climate disaster strikes multiple countries at once?”

Climate disasters are commonly thought of as harming only one country. However, this is not always the case. Multiple countries can be hit at once. Examples include wildfire smoke in 2020 that spread from Baja California Mexico through the Western U.S Coast Into Canadian British Columbia or hurricanes that strike a contingent of island nations in the West Indies. International Climate Disasters require cooperation between multiple countries and will deepen with the advent of climate change.

Climate Adaptation Funding Gap Analysis

Climate Adaptation Funding Gap Analysis

Climate Adaptation Funding Gap Analysis

01/21/21

“How can we find gaps in climate adaptation funding?”

Climate adaptation funding is the driver behind resilience projects. However, some items get underfunded when they shouldn’t be. This is particularly common for projects that actually assist front-line communities. To solve this, we can use Climate Adaptation Funding Gap Analysis such as statistics to look for these problems.

How Strong Winds Can Cause Wildfires Even in Cool Weather

How Strong Winds Can Cause Wildfires Even in Cool Weather

How Strong Winds Can Cause Wildfires Even in Cool Weather

01/19/21

“How can strong winds cause wildfires even in cool weather?”

The advent of cool weather in the winter in Mediterranean climates usually signals the end of wildfires to come. However, if winds are strong enough and the environment is dry enough, then fire-sparking materials such as critical electricity infrastructure can be knocked down and ignite the area. This will lead to fire spreading throughout, eventually snowballing into a wildfire. The advent of climate change will only exacerbate this as weather conditions become even warmer in the winter. This is How Strong Winds Can Cause Wildfires Even in Cool Weather.

Green-Grey Infrastructure Planning

Green-Grey Infrastructure Planning

Green-Grey Infrastructure Planning

01/18/21

“How can we combine green and grey infrastructure planning together?”

Green infrastructure and grey infrastructure are often thought of as being in direct conflict with one another. However, given the ferocity of climate change, both will be needed to build disaster-adapted infrastructure. Therefore, Green-Grey Infrastructure Planning will need to be done. One example is restoring a mangrove forest on the outer banks of a delta while building a porous street to flush out extraneous water.

Why Mask Wearing Is Essential for Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

Why Mask Wearing Is Essential for Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

Why Mask Wearing Is Essential for Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

01/14/21

“Why is mask-wearing essential for stopping the spread of COVID-19?”

The advent of COVID-19 has led to a mask-wearing frenzy. However, why exactly do we need to do this? Well, one of the ways COVID spreads is through respiratory droplets that are released through mouth movement. If these touch another person, then they can get infected. To prevent this, masks can be worn to prevent such germs from being spread. This is Why Mask Wearing Is Essential for Stopping the Spread of COVID-19.

How Telemedicine Can Help With Adaptation to Climate Change

How Telemedicine Can Help With Adaptation to Climate Change

How Telemedicine Can Help With Adaptation to Climate Change

01/13/21

“How can telemedicine help with adaptation to climate change?”

Climate change is going to exacerbate disasters to whole new levels. These will break down critical electrical and transportation infrastructure, impeding the ability of medical professionals to access patients. However, one technology that holds great promise to patch things up is telemedicine. Telemedicine will allow practitioners to help communities from afar, greatly assisting people in remote or chaotic living situations. Whether it be villagers on isolated islands or people in refugee camps, it is clear How Telemedicine Can Help With Adaptation to Climate Change.

Invisible Solar Panels

Invisible Solar Panels

Invisible Solar Panels

01/07/21

“How can we create invisible solar panels?”

Building-mounted solar panels are one of the hottest topics in the energy world right now. These rectangular panels absorb photons from the sun and convert them to useful electrical energy without directly emitting any greenhouse gases. However, their opaque appearance automatically prevents them from ever being attached in front of windows.

But does it have to be this way?

Researchers at Incheon University have changed the formula for making solar panels. By replacing the typical semiconducting materials used to generate electricity with highly transparent Titanium Dioxide and Nickel Oxide, allowing for photons to pass directly through, making it a material useful for windows! While the efficiency rate is only at 2%, given time and energy research will make these Invisible Solar Panels strong enough to generate electricity at much higher rates!

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