A group of construction workers on site.
Despite being a major contributor of global carbon emissions, concrete remains a popular construction material. Research suggests this needs to change.
The government this week will take the first step in killing off the controversial Australian Building and Construction Commission by stripping back its powers “to the bare legal minimum”. The government…
A steel plant.
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The Ajaokuta steel plant stands unused after 40 years of construction and US$8 billion in investment.
After the 2018 wildfire in Paradise, Calif., many fire-damaged homes were razed.
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Communities already retreat from flooding and in the face of sea level rise. Is retreat from wildfires next, and what would that look like?
Wetlands in Accra have become popular targets for developers.
Accra has become susceptible to floods due to encroachment on wetlands.
Costs for achieving net zero are mounting, with no clear plan to afford them.
In the absence of a clear plan for affording the high costs of decarbonisation, it’s time for the UK Treasury to tax fossil fuel companies.
Destroyed buildings along an eroded coastline in Bargny, Senegal.
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Coastal erosion in West Africa is a cause for global concern. The global community must rally to address climate change which is causing the retreat.
Australia’s policies prevent the necessary action to not only address cities’ contribution to climate change, but also to protect cities from its impacts.
Buffalo Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula received a sweetheart deal from the state to finance their new stadium.
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Study after study has shown that stadiums are terrible public investments. Taxpayers rarely want to pay for them. So why do governments keep subsidizing them?
Glass is produced from sand, is easy to recycle, and can be used to make concrete without any complex processing.
Construction is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries and offers higher than average wages. It is also Australia’s most male dominated industry.
Slow recovery for vulnerable households can slow the recovery of the entire community.
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The most affordable homes face the highest risks from disasters for three key reasons.
Few homes in this Boulder County, Colo., neighborhood survived a fire that swept through in December 2021.
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As more people move into high fire-risk areas, an architect explains what to do to keep properties as safe as possible.
Coastal cities like Port Arthur, Texas, are at increasing risk from flooding during storms.
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A street-by-street analysis shows where the risks are rising fastest and also lays bare the inequities of who has to endure America’s crippling flood problem.
We know how to build a truly zero carbon house. So why are we not doing it, on a massive scale?
The Conversation’s best graphs have removed doubt, surprised, and told entire stories.
An office building made with cross-laminated timber in Tokyo, Japan.
As more companies feature wood and other bio-based products in their offices, what are opportunities and limitations of making corporate net-zero carbon pledges about building materials?
Builders construct experimental vaults of brick and cement blocks in Santiago de Cuba in December 1960.
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After Fidel Castro took power, government plans to build new housing, schools and factories were hindered by sanctions and supply chain issues, forcing architects to come up with creative solutions.
Reusing old buildings, instead of demolishing them, provides a significant opportunity to reduce carbon emissions.
Embodied carbon - carbon produced during a building’s construction - urgently needs reducing, and reusing buildings could help.
The Denali Highway as it crosses the Susitna River.
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Alaska is warming faster than any other U.S. state, and that’s causing problems, a team of bridge engineers and social scientists explains. The infrastructure bill in Congress would offer some help.