After a major spike in air pollution earlier this week, Paris city mayor Anne Hidalgo asked authorities to prevent one in every two cars from taking to the capital's streets and make all public transport temporarily free until at least Monday in an effort to reduce pollution. With limited exceptions such as taxis, emergency vehicles, and electric cars, only personal vehicles with licenses that begin with odd numbers will be allowed on the city streets.
Since 1993, the United Nations has designated March 22nd of each year as World Water Day, a day dedicated to celebrating water. This year’s theme is “Water and Sustainable Development.” As the world continues to grow and the demand for water rises, the management of water and water systems is becoming ever more critical. This Sunday, take the opportunity to learn more about water’s place in the world and how we as engineers and thoughtful citizens make an impact.
Two previously unnoticed oceanic gateways of warm water have been linked to the extreme thinning of East Antarctica’s Totten Glacier according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin. This discovery raises concern for the state of the Antarctic ice sheet and rising sea levels.
The world’s population is rising and with it are food demands. Policymakers are targeting Africa’s wet savannas as expendable areas easily converted into cropland. A study out from Princeton University finds that such a conversion to farmland would come at a high environmental cost.