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Three Ways to Build Back Smarter After Hurricane Ian

The expansive climate, health-care and tax bill signed into law by President Biden earlier this year will includes a $2.6 billion investment into coastal communities over five years to help them prepare and respond to climate disasters, in part emphasizing…

Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns

FAIR BLUFF, N.C. — It’s been almost five years since Hurricane Matthew flooded this small town on the coastal plain of North Carolina. But somehow, the damage keeps getting worse. The storm submerged Main Street in four feet of water,…

California Solar Panel Mandate for New Buildings Advances

LOS ANGELES — California regulators voted Wednesday to require builders to include solar power and battery storage in many new commercial structures as well as high-rise residential projects. It is the latest initiative in the state’s vigorous efforts to hasten…

Wooden Buildings Reach for the Sky

The small city of Vaxjo, population 94,000, sits in the middle of the timberlands of Smaland Province, in southern Sweden. Among municipalities in Sweden, many see Vaxjo as the leader in timber construction, as wooden buildings have been at the…

In Charleston, S.C., Saving Historic Homes Means Hoisting Them in the Air

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Over the course of 150 years, the generations who lived in the handsome house at 17 Logan St. shared a similar experience when walking out of the front door: There were four or five steps to descend,…

An Earthquake in Japan Speaks to a Sea Wall in San Francisco

The Port of San Francisco (which manages 7.5 miles of the city’s waterfront, including the three miles buttressed by the sea wall) had assumed the wall needed upgrading, but it did not know just how direly until 2016, when officials…

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