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Why “Solarpunk” gives me hope for a more sustainable future

One of my most oft-repeated climate maxims is “paint the positive future.” We need to visualize what a sustainable, decarbonized world looks like if we’re going to get people excited about climate action (cue jazz hands and zero-carbon fireworks). But while there are a few great examples hither and thither, these positive visions of the future are not […]

February 6th

Young children are intuitive urban planners — we would all benefit from living in their ‘care-full’ cities

In an age of climate crisis, unaffordable housing and increasing disparities of wealth, the livability and functionality of our cities are more important than ever. And yet, important voices are missing from urban planning debates — the voices of those who will one day inherit those cities. By Christina Ergler, University of Otago The Conversation […]

January 5th

Looking forward to 2021: Why aren’t we doing more carbon-neutral “net-zero” green buildings yet?

 There’s a blueprint for carbon-neutral buildings, but few are getting constructed: For nearly a dozen years, the American Institute of Architects has pushed its members to design in a climate-friendly manner, with a goal of “net zero” edifices by just 10 years from now. By Meteor Blades Progress is excruciatingly slow. In 2019, just 27 of the […]

January 4th

Top 7 eco-friendly cities around the world

As sustainability becomes a global hot topic, cities around the world have started to step up their efforts. At the same time, many areas encounter financial and policy-related challenges. How can these locations improve? They could consider some real-world examples of eco-friendly leaders. By Emily Folk If we can recognize and support green epicenters, other […]

July 18th

New York opens traffic-clogged streets to people during pandemic, the city’s latest redesign in times of dramatic change

On some normally congested New York City streets, cars are gone, replaced by diners tentatively returning to restaurants – though only outside – after months of lockdown. On June 22, the city entered phase two of reopening after its severe coronavirus outbreak, allowing many businesses to resume operations with restrictions. By Amy D. Finstein, College […]

Living with Coronavirus: Parks matter more than ever during a time of sickness – something Frederick Law Olmsted understood in the 19th century

The Coronavirus pandemic has altered humans’ relationship with natural landscapes in ways that may be long-lasting. One of its most direct effects on people’s daily lives is reduced access to public parks. Looking south from New York City’s Central Park. Ajay Suresh/Wikipedia, CC BY By Richard leBrasseur, Dalhousie University The Conversation The COVID-19 pandemic has […]

Coronavirus + climate change means cities need to change for people to live and thrive. But how?

In the 21st century, a seemingly global prosperity masks an unequal distribution of benefits. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world’s cities, where extreme wealth can exist next door to concentrated poverty. In some cities, like those in South Africa, well-meaning policies and investments in transit and housing have actually deepened the inequality and segregation […]

Global mayors say after the Coronavirus, there’s no return to business as usual – put climate action at center of recovery

Mayors of megacities that are members of C40, a network pledged to addressing climate change, are saying that going back to the old normal in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is not a suitable approach to recovery. The organization represents more than 750 million people and approved a “statement of principles” committing them to ensuring that their recovery plans are driven by […]

May 9th