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Daily digest: Trying to hit net-zero concrete by 2050, mass protests over Puerto Rico’s power grid,an d more

A memorial to Harambe has appeared opposite of Charging Bull on Wall Street, mass protests over Puerto Rico’s power grid, and more today

Could the concrete industry hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050? (Scott Blake/Unsplash)
Could the concrete industry hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050? (Scott Blake/Unsplash)

Good afternoon and welcome back to another roundup of the art, architecture, and technology news you need to know.

Here’s what’s going on today:

The Global Cement and Concrete Association pledge to hit net-zero by 2050

The lead-up to the COP26 climate conference on October 31 continues, as the Global Cement and Concrete Association has pledged to hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reduce its current carbon output 25 percent by 2030. The association is made up of 40 concrete and cement manufacturers, representing a full 80 percent of the industry outside of China. Along with planning to build 10 industrial carbon-capture plants by 2030 (a technology that has never been deployed in real-world applications at that scale), the industry is researching low-carbon alternatives to the high-carbon clinker used as the main ingredient in Portland cement.

H/t to Dezeen

Phoenix is finally rethinking its response to extreme heat

Phoenix is one of, if not the, hottest cities in America, with a record 143 days of triple-digit temperatures in 2020. Now, the Arizonan city has launched an Office of Heat Response & Mitigation, with climate and health scientist David Hondula as its lead, to help protect residents from the life-threatening heat. Construction Dive has interviewed Hondula on his plans for cooling Phoenix, which range from mitigating the urban heat island effect to rolling out more shade and water opportunities.

H/t to Construction Dive

Read on >>> Source: ArchPaper Daily digest: A Harambe statue appears on Wall Street, trying to hit net-zero concrete by 2050, and more

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