In a land of cold, the architecture is tested by heat

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Much of this country’s housing stock was built more than a century ago, and too much of it built poorly and unsustainably. And there are enormous inequities in British housing, creating social fissures that will be exacerbated this coming winter as people deal with soaring fuel prices. But an architectural tour of this country’s houses — from grand iconic structures, like the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall to more modest Victorian Terrace homes and modern tower blocks — suggests that the lessons learned over the centuries about how to deal with the harsh realities of weather may apply today. As one advocate for making older structures more sustainable says, “Buildings are vessels and we’ve forgotten how to sail these ships.”

Here’s where the U.S. is testing a new response to rising seas

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Native American tribes are competing for the first federal grants designed to help move communities away from high water and other dangers posed by climate change.

A big federal grant aims to make Baltimore a laboratory for climate change adaptation and resilience

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A multidisciplinary team of scientists will work with city officials and community groups to protect vulnerable residents and communities from extreme weather, flooding, urban heat islands and fossil fuel pollution.

Funding trends 2022: Climate change mitigation philanthropy

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This is our third annual report on funding trends in climate change mitigation philanthropy and covers seven years of
funding data from 2015 to 2021.

In last year’s report, we estimated that of $750 billion in total philanthropic giving worldwide in 2020, roughly $6 billion to
$10 billion was dedicated to climate change mitigation.

In 2021, we estimate total philanthropic giving by foundations and individuals grew to $810 billion, of which $7.5 billion to
$12.5 billion was focused on climate change mitigation. In the last year, growth in philanthropic giving to climate change
mitigation (a 25% increase) outpaced growth in overall philanthropic giving (an 8% increase). However, total giving to
climate change mitigation from individuals and foundations still represents less than 2% of global philanthropic giving.
Considering the ever-increasing urgency of the crisis, it is time for philanthropy to step up its ambition — and to move
more funds faster to the places that need them most.

How pavement can help cool overheated cities, even in chilly Mass.

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Reducing pavement or making it more reflective are strategies more communities must adopt to help cool cities, experts say, and slow global warming. One of the dire challenges with pavement is how much heat it radiates at night.

As Rio Grande shrinks, El Paso plans for uncertain water future

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With a megadrought persisting in the Southwest, El Paso and other cities on the Rio Grande are scrambling to find alternative sources of water and are turning to innovative approaches — desalination, transporting water via pipelines, and “toilet-to-tap” wastewater recycling.

What climate adaptation technology looks like

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Pano AI is one example of climate tech startups emerging to tackle conditions, such as wildfires, exacerbated by climate change.

Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation

Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) integrates information from across the federal government to help people consider their local exposure to climate-related hazards. View climate-related hazards in real time and use information on past, present, and future conditions to understand exposure in your area in order to plan and build more resilient community infrastructure.

People working in community organizations or for local, Tribal, state, or Federal governments can use the site to help them develop equitable climate resilience plans to protect people, property, and infrastructure. The site also points users to Federal grant funds for climate resilience projects, including those available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Existing Building Decarbonization Code

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The Existing Building Decarbonization Code is a new way for jurisdictions to reduce carbon emissions and meet Climate Action Plan and public health and equity goals. The need to address existing building stock is great, with 5.9 million existing commercial buildings in the U.S. comprising 97 billion square feet. New construction represents less than 2% of building activity in any given year, leaving a vast amount of outdated technologies in current building stock. NBI’s release of the Building Decarbonization Code provided the first off-the-shelf solution–as an overlay to the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)–for jurisdictions to transform energy codes into decarbonization codes for new buildings. Expanding where that document left off, the Existing Building Decarbonization Code complements the original adding provisions specifically for existing buildings. The new model language covers both residential and commercial buildings including all-electric and mix-fuel energy use pathways.

A key to controlling emissions: More buildings in a city’s unused spaces

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Constructing more condensed communities in existing neighborhoods has been found to go a long way toward fighting climate change.