We may have to abandon concrete to fight climate change, architectural experts say

The building material seems so ubiquitous — what can we use in its place?

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  • Concrete is a surprisingly dangerous contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • For years, architects haven't been concerned with these emissions since concrete buildings last for so long; their carbon footprint is spread out over their entire lifespan.
  • However, as we approach climate "tipping points," the front-loaded cost of concrete construction may be too high.
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Icelandic plaque to commemorate first glacier 'killed' by climate change

A grim warning for the future of Iceland's glaciers.

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  • Icelandic locals and scientists have created a plaque for the melted Okjökull glacier.
  • Due to climate change, the glacier is no more.
  • If this trend persists, by 2200 all of Iceland's glaciers will have melted.
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High in the Alps, where it's 'not supposed to melt,' a rare glacial pond has been discovered

It is rare for them to form, nonetheless reach this size.

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  • Climbing instructor discovers a glacial "lake" high in the Alps.
  • A glacial meltwater lake this size is usually a rare occurrence.
  • French glaciologists are concerned that climate change could create more dangerous lakes like these in the future.
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Use these phrases when talking about climate change

Phrases like "Global warming" and "climate change" don't carry any weight.

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  • A neurological study shows that there are better ways to get someone to care about the threat of a climate in crisis.
  • Catastrophe and more visceral words are more likely to make someone take action.
  • Framing the problem in a different way can make naysayers come over to the cause.
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Finally, a world map that's all about oceans

The Spilhaus Projection may be more than 75 years old, but it has never been more relevant than today.

  • Athelstan Spilhaus designed an oceanic thermometer to fight the Nazis, and the weather balloon that got mistaken for a UFO in Roswell.
  • In 1942, he produced a world map with a unique perspective, presenting the world's oceans as one body of water.
  • The Spilhaus Projection could be just what the oceans need to get the attention their problems deserve.
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