Category: Climate change


Assessment of Thermal Comfort and Microclimate in Urban Street Canyons – A Review of Recent Research

Streets are among the major components of Cities where walkability and livability can be enhanced by creating comfortable environments. But, as the global mean surface and air temperature have been projected to increase during this century, the intensity of corresponding extreme thermal stress events are also expected to rise thus making significant contributions towards global


Foreign Economy and Carbon Emissions: A Verification From Threshold Effect of Development Disparity in China

Since the proposal of China’s biggest cross-border project (Belt & Road Initiative), China’s foreign trade and investment have experienced rapid growth, making the correlation between economic growth, external economic activities, and environmental pollution in China has been a focusing issue. On that basis, the non-linear relationship between China’s foreign investment and trade, and level of


Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Externalization in Architecture to Increase Social and Environmental Connectivity

Buildings currently account for 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually, worldwide. Despite the acceleration of climate change, architecture is increasingly designed as hermetically sealed boxes, requiring increased conditioning, which in turn further contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions warming up our planet. In addition to disassociating people from the natural environment, this also creates


Empowering Communities by Optimizing the Deployment of Neighborhood-scale Resilience Hubs: A Case Study of Maui Island

As a part of an integrated planning approach to develop programs intended to support communities increasingly facing impacts of natural disasters, including those associated with climate change, neighborhoods must strengthen their local community cohesion and resilience. One way to support neighborhood-scale resilience is to create recognized and accepted local resilience hubs. These hubs are physical


Climate Change Law: Limitations of the Legal System to Respond to the Threats

From clean air regulations that affect cars and the transportation industry to government subsidies/incentives for renewable energy (solar & wind) to protecting the first amendment rights of scientists and journalists who maintain that climate change really exists and is caused by human activity, the American legal system is an integral part of the response to


Importance of Geographical and Sociological Factors in Household Livelihood Vulnerability to Climate-Related Crisis in Rural Burundi

This paper analyses the vulnerability of 2 communes in the provinces of Kirundo and Bubanza in Burundi to climate change using social and geographic variables. Primary socio-economic data was collected through surveys where 450 households were involved in responding to a questionnaire. Data collected included demography, livelihood sources, asset ownership, land management practices, social organization