It is expected that there will be a drastic change in environment and climate within the next 50 years. So, we need to secure places for people to live under such conditions. Many architects and researchers have come up with concept cities for the future. Please watch the following videos and see how your future cities might look like.
Paris Smart City 2050
French firm Vincent Callebaut has designed a future city with multiple high rise buildings having positive energy output (BEPOS).The plan addresses the major sustainability problems of the city. It will reduce the greenhouse gas emission by 2050. The project encourages people to adopt eco-friendly lifestyles. The towers that are designed fit within the existing framework of the city. There are passive heating and cooling system, rainwater retention, etc. to make the buildings self-sustainable. There is insertion of a garden within the building and hanging gardens as well. You will get a feel of the rural environment within the city.
Water can be a solution to overcrowding of the population. Phil Pauley’s Sub-Biosphere 2 is a self-contained community. During good weather conditions, it will float on water and during adverse weather conditions, it will become like a submarine and avoid those rough waves.
Floating City Project
The Seasteading Institute has been doing research for the past five years to find an innovative community. It is a self-contained community that floats on water. It will rely on clean energy sources. We may expect the first floating city by 2020.
These designs are very promising. They have addressed the climatic, environmental and energy issues that will affect the future. So, the new generation might end up living in one of these futuristic cities.
With the rate of pollution increasing and the population growing, there will be some drastic change in NYC over the next 35 years. Here are four major changes you can expect in NYC.
Climate change will affect various aspects of our lives in future. There will be more heat in summer and so the chances of big storms will increase. Due to the storm, eight percent of the city’s shorelines will have seawater coming onto the streets. The sea level will rise between 11 and 21 inches by 2050. You might see 43 miles of the city’s shoreline to flood daily due to the increase in sea level.
City will be older
The city will be much older by 2050. The number of elderly people will grow. According to research conducted by the researchers at Cornell University, about 1.5 million New Yorkers will be of age 65 years or older. The heat waves that are expected will pose a health problem for these people. It is predicted that 1,200 to 1,500 people will die each summer from heat. Actions must be taken to deal with this issue.
More energy consumption
If there is high temperature, then more air conditioning will be required. More demand for energy will increase the risk of blackouts. More people are now affluent enough to use air conditioning. So, the city’s grid will become vulnerable.
City built upside down
The sea level of Manhattan is expected to rise. The early inhabitants of New York settled the waterfront. But the developers in the 19th century found cemeteries in the highest points of the city, like Green-Wood, Maple Grove and Cypress Hills. So, it is likely that buildings will be built, and people will start living in those high regions of the city instead of the waterfront.
Enough measures are not being taken to deal with the future environmental threats. People are still releasing carbon dioxide into the air, and they are still building homes near the waterfront. It is the time that we start building our fences to deal with the upcoming catastrophic events.
There is no doubt about the fact that sea levels will rise. Many believed that it wouldn’t happen for centuries. But a recent study suggests that sea levels will rise several feet within the next 50 years. It is predicted that coastal cities like Manhattan would be under water by the end of this century, if not by 2050.
What will cause this climate shift?
According to the researchers, the initial melting of the ice sheets will place a limit on the ocean surface’s fresh water near Greenland and Antarctica. This will close the ocean currents system and disseminate heat throughout the planet. Some of the heat will escape into space. The space around the deeper areas of the ocean will feel warmer. This will increase the speed of ice sheet melting above the sea level. This enormous difference in temperature between the poles and the tropics will result in powerful storms. So, the global sea level will rise several meters within 50 to 150 years from now.
What can be done?
If the sea level rises, the later generation will be in a situation that they won’t be able to control. Research work is going on regarding the practical effects such as heavy rainfall, floods, droughts, heat waves, etc. The emission of carbon dioxide must be slowed down immediately. The high levels of carbon dioxide emission may lead to undesirable consequences, like severe storms or melting of the polar ice sheets causing a rise in sea levels.
Unless measures are planned to deal with the present situation, Manhattan and other coastal cities of the world are in danger of going under water in the next 50 years or so. We all should take the initiative to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide so that it doesn’t trigger the rise of sea level in future.