Global Climate Change

What’s the Big Buzz in Utrecht?

I love the way Holland thinks about urban planning and design, the environment, and applied engineering. Case in point the city of Utrecht – Hollands fourth-largest city – has transformed 300+ bus stops by applying green roofs to them.

The goal of the roofs is to help bolster growth in the dying bee populations and balance the environment in an urban setting. To do this they have fitted 316 bus stops with verdant green roofs LED lighting, and bamboo benches. The bus stops do more than simply provide a habitat for bees with ecofriendly building materials. The green roofs also store rainwater and capture fine dust generated from road traffic.

The green roofs are primarily composed of sedum plants, that require little maintenance. The plants will attract honeybees and bumblebees with their flowers when they bloom in the late spring through summer.

In addition to the bus stops Utrecht has pledged to have completely carbon-neutral transport by 2028 and they’ll introduce 55 electric buses into their fleet by the end of 2019. Utrecht is also investing heavily in the repair of cycling lanes (that run between parked cars and the sidewalk. Another brilliant idea.) and will conduct an innovative experiment in next year. They are installing solar panels along cycling paths throughout the city that will be used to harvest energy, with an aim to see if the results merit expansion of the program. In addition, they are hoping the citizens of Utrecht will get involved in making changes. they’re providing funding for those who wish to transform their roofs into green roofs—giving even more options for the bees in the city of Utrecht.

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Thanks Frank, You Got Me Thinking.

For the second week in a row, Kansas City is melting in triple digit heat. We have been on average about 5 to 10 degrees above normal each month since last August. A mild winter transitioned right through spring into an early summer, with no sign of break any time soon.

This afternoon I saw a post on Facebook from my friend Frank Morris, News Director at KCUR that linked to “This is What Global Warming Looks Like” on the weather channel. This article got me to thinking about global climate change, and I started digging around for well designed infographics about it. I was actually rather surprised at the limited number of really well designed ones I found after doing a Google search. There are plenty of infographics, just not all are related to climate change and global warming, and many of them offer little real information.Below are a few that I found.

The first two deal with shrinking arctic sea ice and how it is increasing global temperatures by failing to reflect more light back into space. The others deal with your carbon footprint, sea level change, and how global warming/climate change works. What I had a hard time finding, was anything that talked about the increased burden in terms of health, food production, strain on the power grid, possible economic, political, and social unrest.

Perhaps I need to refine my search terms a little more.