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



Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth

Two of Antarctica’s glaciers are both among the continent’s biggest and fastest-melting, and both are holding our civilization hostage, according to meteorologist Eric Holthaus. He wrote a piece on Pine Island and Thwaites, that together hold back ice that could result in 11 feet of sea level rise. If these two glaciers collapse, every coastal city on our planet could flood.

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Huge circular windows flood Melbourne’s Cirqua Apartments with natural light

Huge circular windows flood the interior of this apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments as a staggered volume that references the region’s historical housing type and reinterprets it in a modern way.

The block occupies a steeply sloping site in a residential neighborhood in Melbourne. Its exterior is dominated by huge porthole windows that span almost the full height of the six cubes. The openings bring natural light into the interior and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s riveting new climate change documentary ‘Before The Flood’ for free this week

We’ve reported before on actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s work to raise awareness of climate change. From his role service as United Nations representative to his rousing environmentalist speech at this year’s Oscars, DiCaprio has done everything he can to spread the word. Now, he’s going one step farther and making his new documentary, Before the Flood, available for free on YouTube. But if you’re interested in watching it on the small screen, you’ll have to act fast – it’s only going to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building