"The homes being built today will be facing storms in 2050, 2060," said Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar Jim Blackburn, on the ongoing development of Houston's floodplains. "I’m worried, with bigger rains ... that the water will demand more space."
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August 24, 2022
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May 24, 2022
Energy scholar Jim Blackburn commented on a report that ranchers are cashing in on sustainable land practices using BCarbon, which measures carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere and stored in the soil — a standard originating with research by the Baker Institute Center for Energy StudiesRead more at Successful Farming.
April 16, 2022
Planners behind the "Ike Dike," the proposed Texas coastal barrier, should think bigger: the seawall should be built to withstand the extreme storms expected to come with climate change, said Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar Jim Blackburn. “They’re building for a Category 1 or 2 storm, but it’s the 3s, 4s and 5s that we should be building for as our planet warms."Read more at Nola.com.
February 4, 2022
The Army Corps of Engineers is revisiting the possibility of a massive underground storm tunnel system to help alleviate flooding in Houston. The Baker Institute's Jim Blackburn has discussed the feasibility of the multi-billion dollar plan.Read more at Houston Matters.
November 30, 2021
For years, a team of Rice researchers co-directed by environmental scholar Jim Blackburn has supported the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a recreational park doubling as a storm surge barrier, that could help minimize future damage amid increasing natural disasters.Read more at the Houston Chronicle.