A new report has shown that innovative approaches in the building sector can help cool down the boiling planet. Globally, countries are racing against time to limit the global warming to 1.5°C. The new report, ‘Building materials and the climate: Constructing a new future’, offers policy makers, manufacturers, architects, developers, engineers, builders and recyclers a
Veteran structural engineer Don Davies has a dream. He wants to grow farm-to-building materials. Davies already owns the family farm in his native Idaho, but isn’t quite ready to plant the seeds to realize his dream. One reason is that the Seattleite is busy cultivating a broader movement: slashing embodied carbon in the built environment.
Renovating rather than building new could cut up to three-quarters of embodied emissions from the buildings and construction sector globally a new report argues. The report by the UN Environment Programme and the Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture describes three building blocks for climate action, designed to cut the embodied emissions associated with construction materials
While that sounds like a lot, it’s nowhere close to enough to treat every acre that needs it. Photo: Pixabay/DaveMeier Photo: Pixabay/DaveMeier The U.S. government is investing over US$7 billion in the coming years to try to manage the nation’s escalating wildfire crisis. That includes a commitment to treat at least 60 million acres in the next 10 years by expanding forest-thinning efforts
Wildfires in British Columbia have continued at an extreme level during the last week, with evacuations, loss of personal property, and damage to critical infrastructure happening in communities across the province. On August 25, Minister of Emergency Preparedness, approved a request for federal assistance from the Government of British Columbia to provide additional fire-fighting resources
Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Canada’s National Observer. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. This year’s coast-to-coast wildfires in Canada have already emitted an estimated one-and-a-half billion tonnes of CO2. That’s triple the annual climate pollution from burning fossil fuels in Canada. It’s more than the combined emissions from 100