March 17, 2017 § Leave a comment
After earning his PhD in anthropology/archaeology from Arizona State University, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin founded the award-winning R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates Inc. 35 years ago. In his work as director of research, Dr. Goodwin lectures frequently on the subject of climate change from an archaeological perspective using data beginning with the first populations in the New World by humans. Dr. Goodwin also is advising 28 coastal municipalities and five Councils of Government in Connecticut on resilience planning for coastal historic resources in areas expecting significant sea level rise over the next fifty years. Rising temperatures and sea levels are placing cultural and historical sites around the world at risk. But people can help limit such damage by working to reduce their carbon footprints in relatively simple ways:
– Use compact fluorescent light bulbs: Doing so reduces the amount of carbon dioxide by 1,300 pounds per bulb, assuming that coal is the electrical source.
– Limit food waste: According to Shrink That Footprint, approximately 20 percent of food bought in developed countries gets thrown away. This leads to carbon emissions that are higher than necessary.
– Plant trees: The Urban Forestry Network, which focuses on the benefits of planting more trees, reports that a young tree is capable of absorbing 13 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. This figure climbs to 48 pounds when the tree reaches full maturity.
March 8, 2017 § Leave a comment
With over four decades of experience in archaeology and anthropology, R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD, is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates Inc. Working on an array of projects relating to the protection of important cultural sites on the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States, Dr. Goodwin raises awareness of the issues caused or exacerbated by rising sea levels, including:
– Storm surges: Rising sea levels intensify storm surges, so coastal communities experience water encroachment and flooding further inland. This can cause damage to historic properties and important infrastructure.
– Erosion: Higher water levels erode the coastline, damaging the environment and tourist economies of these regions. Erosion is a leading cause of loss of coastal archaeological sites.
– Submersion: Low-lying coastal regions are vulnerable to permanent submersion. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a two-foot rise in sea levels could lead to over $1 trillion of damage to coastal areas. many coastal archaeological sites along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are actively being submerged today, especially where subsidence is occurring alongside rising mean low water stand levels.