Tuesday, November 11, 2014

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Publishes Climate Change and Strategic Sustainability Plans

Today is Veteran's Day and I thought I would highlight some of the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the environmental front.  They recently released new climate change and strategic sustainability plans that highlight some of the engineering and strategic challenges associated with the environmental change the world is currently experiencing.  You can read about this here.
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Many have discussed the international issues associated with global climate change.  Some countries will literally disappear under water, while others will become more vulnerable to coastal storms and flooding.  This poses particular challenges for the United States, particularly because we are seen as one of the major causes of global climate change due to our heavy per capita use of fossil fuels.  The report from the Corps highlights some of these challenges and puts into context some the real-world engineering issues will will face in the coming decades.  

You can read these plans here and here.  For those who teach sustainability or environmental planning, these would be good additions to the reading lists.

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