Buffer The Shanghai Tower will serve as a mammoth 125-floor rainwater harvesting structure. The breathtaking outside shell borrows the best designs from nature, collecting rain to purify and replenish 675,000,000 liters of water each year. Combining stores, offices and apartments, the building will serve as an icon for water resource management in China, as the [...]
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BlueTech methods mitigate the causes of climate change by making efficient use of water, thereby making efficient use of energy, reducing fossil fuel extraction (thereby reducing water usage still further) and reducing the release of pollutants like CO2 and mercury into the atmosphere and water supply.
Severe rain events have increased 16% in the Pacific Northwest and 20% nationwide in the past 100 years, and are projected to continue to increase. Overall nationwide precipitation has increased 5% in the past 50 years, stressing already crumbling storm water infrastructure.
The main culprit: impervious surfaces.
Solutions do exist, however, and the good news is they typically cost less than end-of-pipe storm water management.
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