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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

March 20, 2013
More Green Innovations in Philly

Last year in Philadelphia, Amtrak started started tearing things up as part of new work on the west plaza of their 30th street station, replacing the underground parking garage roof.

Repopulating Ohio Vacant Land with Wildflowers
Rust Wire

Warren-based volunteer group gregg’s gardens ( announced today that we have received $10,000 in funding from the Trumbull 100 ( ) – the largest singular gift we have received to date.

March 19, 2013
Farmscape Hopes to Bring Farming to the City
USA Today

Rachel Bailin wants the next Los Angeles mayor to end dependence on foreign soil, balance the budget with equitable fertilizer, and appoint a compostmaster general.

Green Architecture Changing Built Environment
Sustainable Industries

Sustainably designed buildings and cities involve more than better solar panels and the use of recycled materials, as this conversation with green architect Gerry Tierney reveals.

The Messy Geopolitics of Food Security
Next City

In reference to Cold War-style politics of food security, Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla wanted to make his argument clear: The globalized market means that no country can singlehandedly isolate another’s food market.

Urban Birdwatching is Taking Off
Telegraph UK

As the best birdwatching spots in London are revealed, Joe Shute learns how several species have found unexpected new habitats in our cities.

March 18, 2013
Food Innovation in the UK
Next City

Much of the discussion at the Feeding Cities conference has centered on the challenges of feeding growing populations in the developing world and the inefficiencies in North America’s food systems.

How Much Parkland is Enough?
Vibrant Bay Area

When the subject turns to public parks, there is a truism in land-use entitlement. If a proposed development site has been used by the public for casual recreation, someone will argue that the property should instead become a park.

Obama Wants $2B To Get US Off Oil
Washington Post

President Obama’s newest energy proposal is a $2 billion “Energy Security Trust” fund for research into advanced technologies to reduce America’s reliance on oil.

Exploring Chenshan Botanical Garden
Babylon Reloaded

Taking advantage of an extraordinary mild weather, I spent my last Saturday in Shanghai in the Chenshan Botanical Garden.

Fracking is “Latest Cause of Silly People”
LA Streetsblog

I cannot pretend to be an expert on fracking. Not even close. Yet, I can’t help the feeling that drilling thousands of feet into the earth, pumping millions of gallons of chemical-laden water

Gardening and Greening in Philly
Next City

Despite a population density of more than 11,000 per square mile, Philadelphia “has no shortage of unused or underused land,” said Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)

How to Feed a Growing Superpower
Next City

In an eye-opening presentation today, Zhengxia Dou, a specialist on Agricultural Systems at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, described the immense pressure China’s population rise will put on the country’s — and the planet’s — agricultural resources.

March 5, 2013
It Pays to Build Sustainable Cities
Business Times

THE developing world is experiencing rapid urbanisation, with the number of city dwellers set to reach four billion in 2030 – double its 2000 level.

Micro Climates Changing Everyday Life in Athens
Global Site Plans

The urban environment today is certainly different from what it used to be. City expansion, increased populations in urban centers, and CO2 accumulation are some of the reasons for so-called micro-climates.


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