Flood frequency of the Amazon River has increased fivefold

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New data suggests that flooding in the Amazon River has gone up in both intensity and frequency over the past 100 years. Scientists analyzed data points from the past century and believe the increase in flooding is linked to changes in ocean temperatures.

Scientists have measured the river’s water levels for 113 years at the Port of Manaus in Brazil. The researchers found that large flooding events and extreme droughts have gone up over the past 20 to 30 years. In the early part of the century,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Worlds largest Victorian glasshouse receives a glorious restoration

After five years of restoration work, the iconic Temperate House recently reopened to the public, bringing with it an astounding 10,000 plants—many of which are rare and threatened. Designed by Decimus Burston and completed in 1899, the Temperate House is the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse and iconic landmark of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. To restore the building back to its full glory, Donald Insall Associates was called upon to sensitively renovate the greenhouse and insert modern… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building