Saving History With Sandbags: Climate Change Threatens the Smithsonian

WASHINGTON — President Warren Harding’s blue silk pajamas. Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves. The Star Spangled Banner, stitched by Betsy Ross. Scripts from the television show M*A*S*H. Nearly two million irreplaceable artifacts that tell the American story are housed in the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, the biggest museum complex in …

Read more

These Americans Are Just Going Around in Circles. It Helps the Climate.

“Just imagine a post-Sandy, post-Katrina or post-Andrew world where recovery funds were put to work building resilient, sustainable modern roundabouts instead of rebuilding fragile, polluting signalized intersections,” Mr. Sides, the traffic engineer, said. The United States has been slow to adopt modern roundabouts, though that is changing somewhat. By one count, they now number about …

Read more