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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plays Out in Urban Environments

March 3, 2013 - in Environment

The question of whether accepting and acting on climate change adaptation amounts to an admission of defeat for climate change mitigation was the most pressing topic discussed by climate experts on a panel this week at an event sponsored by The Earth Institute.…

Climate Change and Coastal Land Use: A Game Changer for the Business of City Building

February 19, 2013 - in Environment

The impact of climate change will play a greater role in shaping coastal development in the years ahead, influencing decisions on what is built and rebuilt,…

New Study Says Skateboarders are Good for the Urban Environment

February 8, 2013 - in Environment

A recent study in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability suggests that skateboarders in Chicago perform in and transform…

Davos Report Points to Benefits of Green Infrastructure Investment

January 23, 2013 - in Environment

Scaling up public sector funding by as little as US$ 36 billion in annual spending could unlock the private capital needed to close the green investment gap worldwide, leading to sustainable economic growth that attains global climate change goals. At a time…

Detroit's Urban Agriculture Plans Move Forward

December 8, 2012 - in Environment

The Detroit City Planning Commission approved the city’s new urban agriculture zoning ordinance Thursday evening. The action takes the city closer to officially recognizing the city’s multitude of community gardens and encouraging new and larger urban…

Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Plans Move Forward

December 8, 2012 - in Environment

The Detroit City Planning Commission approved the city’s new urban agriculture zoning ordinance Thursday evening. The action takes the city closer to officially recognizing the city’s multitude of community gardens and encouraging new and larger urban…

Looking to Cities, in Search of Global Warming’s Silver Lining

November 30, 2012 - in Environment

Heat, carbon dioxide and air pollution are already having significant effects on trees, plants and crops, and for most plant scientists, the debate over climate change ended long before the arrival of extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy. Now, some of those…

Biodiversity an Important Consideration in City Building for Longterm Sustainability

November 18, 2012 - in Environment

Understanding how biodiversity can contribute to sustainable urban development will be vital as 70% of the world’s population moves into cities, an expert from the Stockholm Resilience Centre has warned. Thomas Elmqvist, a Professor at the University of…

Insight: Flooded New York Plans to Tame the Sea, but Who Pays?

November 3, 2012 - in Environment

When Jeroen Aerts, a Dutchman tasked with crafting a plan to defend New York City from flooding, first looked at its coastline seven years ago, he was taken aback by how vulnerable it was. Unlike some of the other large cities around the world, such as London…

Researchers to Create 3D Carbon Dioxide Mission Maps for Major U.S. Cities

October 10, 2012 - in Energy, Environment, Featured, Projects

Climate scientists from Arizona State University and Purdue University are creating three-dimensional carbon dioxide emissions maps of major cities in the United States. The maps estimate greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes down to individual…