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Interactive Maps Show How Climate Change Will Impact Your Neighborhood

In the next century, researchers predict that climate change will have far-reaching effects on everything from sea levels to wine production. And while the majority of Americans believe climate change will be bad for the country, fewer believe it will have a negative impact on their own lives. A new interactive tool called Climate Explorer from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breaks down the issue to the personal level.

As Futurism reports, Climate Explorer charts nearly a century of projected climate trends through a series of maps and graphs. Residents of Southern California, for example, can type in their city, county, or zip code to see what temperature highs will look like in their neighborhood 73 years down the road. Between 1981 and 2000, Los Angeles saw a yearly average of six days that exceeded 95°F. Low estimates for 2090 put that number between 40 and 70 days of extreme heat.

Southern states aren’t the only places that face extreme changes in the coming decades. Cities accustomed to cooler climates like Boston and Chicago will also see their heat waves grow exponentially. See the outlook for Suffolk County, which Boston is in:

NOAA’s tool also charts data for precipitation trends and heating and cooling degree days, a metric used to look at energy consumption. After checking out the forecast for your neck of the woods, scroll down to the bottom of the page to explore local weather station data from the past 30 years.

[h/t Futurism]

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Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture
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The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

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“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

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To Encourage Responsible Trash Disposal, a Startup in Nigeria Pays People for their Waste
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Nigeria is home to more than 180 million people, who produce more than 32 million tons of waste per year and just 20 to 30 percent of this garbage is collected, according to one estimate. To provide Nigerians with incentive to dispose of their trash responsibly, Junks, a Nigerian waste management startup, provides people with the chance to exchange their trash for cash, according to Konbini.

The company offers to pay for items and materials like discarded electronics, glass, plastic, aluminum, books, and clothes. Once purchased, these materials are re-sold to wholesalers and recycling companies, according to Techpoint. Potential users who want to sell their trash are required to register on the startup's website, Junks.ng, and fill out a form with a description of the trash they're selling, along with their asking price and contact information. Once this information is received, representatives from Junks are sent to pick up and pay for the waste.

Computer programmer Bradley Yarrow founded Junks.ng in August 2017. Based in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria, the company currently has just three employees, in addition to Yarrow. That said, the tiny startup appears to be doing big business, judging from a growing list of sold junk—which includes laminating machines, old laptops, and scrap car parts—already listed on Junks.ng.

[h/t Konbini]

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