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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

February 22, 2017
Destroying Dallas’ Trinity River
Dallas Observer

Dallas’ ideas for the Trinity include two things guaranteed to destroy it: 1) putting an expressway down it and, 2) allowing rich ladies to spend $300 million to decorate what’s left.

February 21, 2017
Two More U.S. Cities Go 100% Renewable
Climate Action Programme

Pueblo, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, have become the 22nd and 23rd cities in the United States to commit to 100 per cent renewable energy targets.

Why Greenery Matters for Urban Development
The Guardian

From rooftop parks to garden bridges, developers have never been so green-fingered. Although landscape often comes as a decorative afterthought, putting plants first can guide the rest of the development for the better.

Stefano Boeri Designs Tree-Covered Cities
Treehugger

With a name like TreeHugger, we pay a lot of attention to the work of Stefano Boeri, starting with his Vertical Forest in Milan and more recently with his proposal for the Nanjing Vertical Forest. In fact, the Italian architect is now planning entire cities covered in forests.

February 20, 2017
Nashville’s ‘Quiet Revolution’ to Fight Climate Change
The Tennessean

Something historic is underfoot in Metro Nashville. To people who care about climate change, or to people who simply live on planet Earth, a small committee of environmentally conscious people may have just sparked a quiet revolution.

A Conservative Solution to Climate Change
Tri-City Herald

The Climate Leadership Council, a group of prominent Republicans who served as secretary of State and of Treasury for Presidents Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II, have proposed a solution to climate change that most Americans can embrace.

CARB Considers Alternatives to Cap-and-Trade
Streetsblog Cal

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will postpone its decision on strategies to meet 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets until June to give staff more time to analyze alternatives and to allow more discussion.

The Moral Baggage of ‘Wastelands’
CityLab

“An act of transforming the wasteland is seen as a redemptive activity that’s going to save the individual, the society, and the nation.”

Louisiana May Get Texas’s Disaster Housing Idea First
Houston Chronicle

An idea for quickly rebuilding housing after disasters like Hurricane Ike was born in Texas, but it could be used for the first time in neighboring Louisiana, still reeling from catastrophic flooding last year.

February 16, 2017
Essen’s Blueprint for Greening the Post-Industrial City
Citiscope

The European Commission declared Essen as Europe’s “Green Capital” for 2017. This is the first time the award has gone to a city with a mining and industrial past, offering a role model for urban areas struggling with the effects of deindustrialization.

The Wisdom of Garbage
CityLab

Researchers are digging into heaps of discarded food to uncover clues about why we throw so much of it away—and how cities can cut the waste.

Houston Golf Course Becoming Stormwater Site
Houston Chronicle

A defunct golf course in northwest Houston will be excavated to hold 350 million gallons of stormwater – more than enough to fill the Astrodome – with City Council’s approval Wednesday of an agreement with the county flood control district.

Gore: Climate Could Render Islamic Cities Uninhabitable
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A re-fashioned meeting on the threats of climate change to human health got underway in Atlanta on Thursday, with former Vice President Al Gore, the event organizer, warning that some well-populated areas of the planet are on the verge of becoming uninhabitable.

Podcast: Building Urban Resilience
Circulate News

Colin Webster speaks with Elizabeth Yee, the Vice President of City Solutions for 100RC and help us to ask what we can learn from how cities are overcoming resilience challenges.

February 15, 2017

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