Is Concrete The Most Destructive Material On Earth? – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar.

Concrete has given rise to modern life. It’s so ubiquitous and takes so many forms that it might be easy to forget about. Yet now there is increasing pressure to change the way we use and make concrete. As cities warm and flood, as biodiversity is reduced and as water becomes more scarce worldwide – a portion of the blame is increasingly placed on concrete, the seemingly invisible foundation for our world.

Further reading:

The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/business/concrete-cement-manufacturing-green-emissions.html

NPR
https://www.npr.org/2017/11/09/563016223/exploring-why-hurricane-harvey-caused-houstons-worst-fooding

Quartz
https://qz.com/1748561/%E2%80%A8reducing-cements-carbon-footprint-is-critical-to-climate-fight/

Nature Sustainability
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-017-0009-5

Science History Institute
https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/hard-headed-man

The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/25/concrete-the-most-destructive-material-on-earth
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/aug/16/how-delhis-rising-heat-and-a-love-of-concrete-caused-a-deadly-water-crisis

Environmental Protection Agency
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-06/documents/basicscompendium.pdf

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