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The serious drought in the U.S. West continues. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, extreme and exceptional conditions—the two worst categories—expanded in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The agency’s map shows most of the western half of the country to be dry, except for parts of the Northwest.
The climate crisis is causing such dramatic changes to the oceans that a mass extinction of marine species could occur, the likes of which have not been seen since the age of the dinosaurs.
Concrete is a major component of everything from roads to bridges and buildings because it’s relatively cheap, simple to make, and strong. But production of cement—its key ingredient—is carbon-intensive and responsible for as much as eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The four winners of the inaugural Terra Carta Design Lab awards were announced last week in London. The competition, which was launched by Prince Charles as a part of his Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI), challenged design students to develop high-impact, low-cost solutions to the climate crisis. The SMI is a network of global CEOs across industries—a “Coalition of the Willing”—working together to build prosperous and sustainable economies that generate long-term value through the balanced integration of natural, social, human, and financial capital.