This Floating City Can Withstand Category 5 Hurricanes (And Climate Change)

Volcanic Eruptions And Hurricanes Are Weirdly Linked, And We May Have Worked Out How

When it comes to the weather systems controlling rain and shine across the planet, nothing happens in isolation – everything plays into everything else.

Now, for the first time, scientists have explained how volcanic eruptions can influence the formation of hurricanes.  Investigating this mechanism has been tricky until now, because in the age of sophisticated monitoring equipment, the biggest volcanic eruptions have coincided with El Niño–Southern Oscillation periods, which already trigger more hurricanes.

To solve this lack of real world data, scientists turned instead to detailed computer models to look at how eruption events might affect the formation of hurricanes across the world.

Both hurricane strength and hurricane frequency can be influenced by sudden volcanic activity, the models found…


This Floating City Can Withstand Category 5 Hurricanes (And Climate Change)

The Oceanix City concept addresses housing shortages and threats from rising sea levels by imagining an environmentally friendly habitat. (Photo Credit: Oceanix / BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

A new floating city concept unveiled at a UN-Habitat roundtable on Wednesday could be a viable solution for rising sea levels, climate change-related disasters, and housing shortages, experts said.

In the meeting co-convened with Oceanix, a company looking to build the floating structures, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Ocean Engineering, and the Explorers Club, architect Bjarke Ingels presented a floating structure that could be home to 10,000 people, withstand severe weather conditions, and allow residents to produce their own power and food and manage water and the disposal of waste….

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