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Understand water science

It’s one of the strangest substances in the Universe, but we wouldn’t exist without it. From H20 to the water cycle, understand the wonderful science …

10 of the most mysterious places in the oceans

It is estimated we know only 230,000 of the two million living species in the ocean – so where are they all hiding? Some of these unexplored parts of …

Earth Science

3tags.org

History's Heroes: The Most Influential Civil Engineers

As the global population continues to grow, the need for good civil engineers becomes even stronger. But who are some of the key figures who laid the …

Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore on a bold new plan for a green and resilient future

Changing Planet<p>This week, the City of Sydney agreed on ambitious new targets for 50 per cent of electricity used in the local area to come from renewable energy by 2030, and for net zero emissions by 2050. We have already committed to our long-term vision, Sustainable Sydney 2030, a program to take …

Australia

Plants have unexpected response to climate change

Not all species flee rising temperatures. As the mercury has inched upward across western North America over the last 40 years, many plant species …

Mini nuclear power stations in UK towns move one step closer

Mini nuclear power stations in towns around the UK have moved a step closer after it emerged the Government is assessing suitable sites to push ahead with a build.<p>The Telegraph understands that a team of experts working for Ministers is looking at possible locations for small modular reactors, …

Carbon Emissions

Audio Recordings Document 'Weird Music' Heard By Apollo Astronauts On Far Side Of Moon

"If you’re behind the moon and hear some weird noise on your radio, and you know you’re blocked from the Earth, then what could you possibly think?"<p>The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like noises coming through their headsets, they didn't …

Mastodon research highlights fascinating lives of mammoths' lesser-known cousins

Many of us imagine a time when prehistoric human hunters stalked herds of woolly mammoths across the Canadian tundra. But in much of Canada, toward …

'Ice age blob' of warm ocean water discovered south of Greenland

New research published in Scientific Reports in February indicates that a warm ocean surface water prevailed during the last ice age, sandwiched …

An Incredible 45-Day Storm Turned California Into a 300-Mile-Long Sea... And It Could Happen Again

From drought to megaflood.<p>A massive 19th century storm in the pacific United States opened up a 300-mile-long (480-km-long) sea that stretched …

Did Northrop Grumman Just Reveal America's Next Fighter?

The arrow-shaped aircraft in Northrop's Super Bowl ad could join the armed forces in the 2030s.<p>We now have an idea of how defense giant Northrop Grumman visualizes America's first sixth-generation fighter, and it comes from an unlikely source: A Super Bowl commercial. The plane seen buzzing around …

Aviation

£1bn tidal lagoon 'desperately needed', Edwina Hart says

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_wales/1172000/1172543_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524702391_cacd6d14c8f5f42924ffaed5671380da<p><b>Agreement on the subsidy for the £1bn Swansea tidal lagoon project is "desperately needed", the Welsh Economy Minister has said.</b><p>Edwina Hart said …

Sea level rise will swallow Miami, New Orleans: study

But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States, said the findings in the October 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.<p>Scientists have already …

Heavy Rains On Sprawling Communities Contribute To Texas Flooding

Heavy rainfall and flooding devastated parts of Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, destroying homes, forcing evacuations and killing at least a dozen people.<p>But how did things get so bad? The anomalous nature of the weekend’s rainfall and communities’ existing vulnerability to flooding came …

Goodbye International Space Station, Hello Moon Village

ESA’s new director general lays out his vision for an international community on the dark side of the Moon.<p>The International Space Station has been occupied for nearly 15 years, but the astronauts' lower-Earth orbit home away from home won't be around forever—or even that much longer.<p>So while NASA …

Texas Is Paying the Price for Its Lack of Flood Infrastructure

While cities along its rivers are growing the most dramatically, the state continues to forego any and all central planning for floods.<p>Houston is buckling down as a major storm sweeps east in Texas. Between Austin and San Antonio, that system has led to the worst flooding in more than 30 years. …

Smart Urban Villages: Efficient and sustainable community living

For most of human history, we've lived in groups a lot larger than our family unit, and reaped considerable benefits from it. Modern urban life, on …

The Plan to Move an Entire Swedish Town

Can a city pick itself up and head down the road? The people of Kiruna intend to find out.<p>Can a city pick itself up and head down the road? In perhaps the most radical urban relocation project so far this century, the town of Kiruna is trying to do just that. A mining settlement in Sweden’s remote …

Urban Design

SurgeWatch

Clogged Halifax storm drains cause flooding headache, clearing them easier said than done

HALIFAX – Residents of Halifax are still cleaning up the remnants of mass flooding over the weekend, which was caused mainly by clogged catch …

Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure

Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams.<p>Infrastructure is not exactly the sexiest word in architecture. There are no “starchitects” proudly boasting about their pipe designs or subsurface drainage systems. By its …

4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm

Without serious preparation, most cities will be overwhelmed by rising waters. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, from protective wetlands to shipping container reefs.<p>Since most cities are built next to water, the risk of floods threatens more people than any other natural …

Dutch Aquatecture: Engineering a Future on the Water | Europe

The Netherlands is one of the lowest lying countries in the world. Over one-quarter of the nation lives below sea level.<p>As sea levels rise, the Dutch are preparing for the worst. Engineer David van Raalten is constructing new sea walls as part of a huge programme to eradicate weak links in the …

Would a wild water plan work?

California's current drought has brought back discussion of some of the biggest -- or craziest -- ideas on how to save the Golden State's thirst. …

Flood mitigation must consider droughts as well, says water expert

Flood mitigation efforts could pose a problem if the dry weather continues into the summer, according to hydrology expert John Pomeroy.<p>The University …

Cameras reveal the secret lives of Chernobyl's wildlife

<b>Automatic cameras in the Ukrainian side of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone have provided an insight into the previously unseen secret lives of wildlife that have made the contaminated landscape their home.</b><p>Throughout 2015, the cameras will be positioned at 84 locations, allowing a team of scientists to …

The First Completely Sustainable Island Is In Scotland

Eigg Island is the Scottish island that became the first place on Earth that is 100% self-sustainable. Scottish people are showing a great example …

Army Corps Project Pits Farmland Against Flood Threat

For years, some small towns and farmers along the Mississippi River have been battling each other over a flood project set up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.<p>On the western shore, farmers in southeast Missouri need the project to protect their valuable farmland. But small river towns on the …

Rainwater Harvesting: Why Everyone Should Care and How to Do It

Don’t like rain? Don’t be so quick to reject the water falling from the sky. In ancient times rain was seen as a blessing by many peoples, and for …