Once Again, the Earth Is Being Wrung Dry

Drought may be the sneakiest of natural disasters. Although human history teems with people engulfed by abrupt aridity — the Akkadians of four millenniums ago, the Maya in the ninth and 10th centuries A.D., the Great Plains farmers of the 1930s — even today drought is a poorly appreciated phenomenon. Unlike mighty storms or thundering eruptions, droughts slink into our lives invisibly, unannounced. It can […]

Virtually Tour the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design: a certified Living Building on Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus

Photo: Rooftop Garden by Gregg Willett We build roads that allow vehicles to move safely, while channeling rainfall “away.” Our impervious developments require more infrastructure to convey stormwater “away.” We tear down buildings and throw them “away.” But there is no “away.” Our built environment burdens communities with externalities, taxpayers with costs, and future generations […]

World Environment Day 2021

For too long, we have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century we have& destroyed half of our& wetlands. As much as 50 per cent of our coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 per cent of coral reefs could be […]

Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history

BY JEFF BERARDELLI APRIL 12, 2021 / 6:46 AM / via CBS NEWS Extreme drought across the Western U.S. has become as reliable as a summer afternoon thunderstorm in Florida. And news headlines about drought in the West can seem a bit like a broken record, with some scientists saying the region is on the […]

San Diego’s Infrastructure Deficit Is Really a Stormwater Deficit

It’s becoming clear that stormwater is by far the city’s biggest infrastructure problem – and that the city might actually do something about it. The infrastructure deficit that has hung over San Diego politics for years without meaningful intervention is perhaps better understood as a stormwater deficit. Eight years ago, Mayor Todd Gloria, then Council […]