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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

December 1, 2013
SF Explores an Ecodistrict Idea for South of Market
SF Examiner

The city of tomorrow – the future – has a long history. From dirigibles floating above elegant avenues to flying cars cruising neon skyscraper canyons, the imagined urban landscape has never been in short supply.

A Cohesive Urban Agriculture Sprouts in Rotterdam
Next City

Daylight filters through the filthy glass roof. Dead plants hang forlornly from a steel frame. The drained swimming areas are now just sunken tiled pits, covered in dirt and surrounded by fake rock formations.

London Sees a Fall in Recycling Rates
Guardian UK

Almost half of London’s 33 London councils recorded a fall in the proportion of household waste they recycled in 2012-13 compared with the previous year, with a further five boroughs flatlining.

November 25, 2013
White House Climate ‘Resilience’ Group Gets Rolling
The Hill

Senior White House officials are gathering Monday to launch the interagency council that President Obama created to help communities harden their defenses against powerful storms and other extreme weather likely worsened by climate change.

Solar Power Fight Raging in the GOP
The New Republic, via: @urbanophile

These days Barry Goldwater, Jr. is on an unlikely crusade. In March, the former California Republican congressman founded Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed, or TUSK, after Arizona’s largest electric utility proposed a hefty new fee on solar customers and a plan to lower net metering rates, which dictate how much electric utilities pay solar […]

Habitat Loss Affected by Humans
New York Times, via: @ingasaffron

ON the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day. They are believed to be souls of the dead, returned.

November 24, 2013
Why We’ll Need More Than Inhalers
Chicago Policy Review

We’re all familiar with the saying, “you are what you eat,” but when it comes to respiratory health, you are what you breathe.

November 21, 2013
Inside Washington DC’s Urban Heat Island Effect
Washington Post

Why is it usually considerably warmer in the city than surrounding suburbs, especially at night? Just this morning, for example, the low at Reagan National Airport near the District was 36, while Dulles Airport – 25 miles to the west – bottomed out at 27.

You Can’t Ignore the Smog on China
Grist

China is a notoriously difficult country for outsiders to get a handle on, but two things are immediately obvious the second you exit the airport.

November 20, 2013
Rio’s Olympic Waterways Full of Trash, Sewage
Charlotte Observer

Rio de Janeiro’s endless beaches and lush tropical forest will be a photographer’s dream during the 2016 Olympics. But zoom in on the likes of once-pristine Guanabara Bay, and the picture is of household trash and raw sewage.

November 18, 2013
Gloomy English City Builds an Artificial Sun
The Atlantic Cities

Rejoice, Britons who haven’t seen daylight in ages and who are slowly weakening into rubbery schlumps for want of Vitamin D: Your country now has slightly more light, thanks to a blazing artificial sun made from the “world’s largest spherical balloon.”

November 17, 2013
The Catch 22 of Resilience
The Nature of Cities

Ecologists who study how ecosystems change over time know there is a balance between resilience and adaptation. Resilience is a measure of how long it takes for an ecosystem to return to a previous state.

November 14, 2013
A $1.24B Plan for Wetland Preservation in the Bay Area
San Francisco Examiner

A 50-year plan for the restoration of San Francisco Bay and other coastal wetlands was released Thursday by federal wildlife officials who call it the biggest effort to save tidal marshes outside the Florida Everglades.

Mapping World’s Deforestation Over Time
Google Lat Long

We’re excited to announce today that, in a collaboration led by Dr. Matthew Hansen at the University of Maryland, we’ve built the first detailed maps of the world’s forests, from 2000-2012, documenting and quantifying forest landscape changes such as fires, tornadoes, disease and logging.

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