Welcome to my weekly letter, where I share a few noteworthy articles and my own commentary. Without further ado…
- Deadly Heat Is Baking Cities. Here’s How to Cool Them Down (Wired) – it’s called the ‘urban heat island effect’ but good news is there are ways to address it: reflective road/building surface and greenery planting. Perfect timing with the recently passed US infrastructure bill?
- Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea (Wired) – and perhaps this idea can be applied to the issue above too… How about covering the cities with solar panels (maybe like a dome?) but with ventilation… and allowing some rain water?
- Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity (Wired) – ozone gas, caused by humans polluting the world, can impact plants’ health, reduce biodiversity, and even increase wildfire risk. Unfortunately the article doesn’t mention any solutions.
- Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate (Wired) – microplastics, similar to recent development of COVID19, may become a part of human’s day-to-day life, whether we like it or not. It seems like we need more capturing tech not only for carbon, but also Ozone gas, as well as microplastics…
- These ingenious floors use 70% less concrete and 90% less steel (Fast Company) – improved floor slab to enable buildings with fewer use of steel, concrete, and reduction on carbon emission, brilliant! (plus, the school that developed it is called ETH Zurich… blockchain included? :D)
That’s it for this week! Have a nice weekend!
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