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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

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The World's First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponics Farm

September 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fish with salad anyone?

Aquaponics – aquaculture (fish farming) + hydroponics (growing plants without soil) – could furnish 12% of a person's diet per 3m2 of roofspace, according to a prototype study. It produces both edible fish and vegetables. The fish's waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Perfect for urban growing.[read more]

Why I Am Farming on Water

September 17, 2014 by Karin Kloosterman
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Farming and Water Savings

I’ve started a small water farm. But unlike my attempted and horridly failed attempts at soil farming, where worms, weeds and beetles have taken over on my small plot and my brain, I’ve seen some impressive progress on water. Hydroponics may be the future of urban farming.[read more]

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Cityfood: Encouraging Urban Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries

September 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Support for urban growing programmes

"You can't separate the sustainability of the city from its hinterlands," says Henk de Zeeuw. He works for the RUAF Foundation http://www.ruaf.org/, a global network in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies, and Cityfood, an initiative to support cities that want to start urban growing and local food programs.[read more]

Preparing for a Social Storm with the #Waterworks Thunderclap

September 5, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

Water Efficiency

As you may have noticed over the last few years, I’m a little passionate about water. Water sustains life. It creates jobs and strengthens our economy. Without clean, reliable water, one-fifth of our US economy would grind to a halt. The legacy of American prosperity is rooted in infrastructure investment.[read more]

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Visit a SuperHome and Become Inspired to EcoRenovate Your Own Home

September 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Take a tour of my home

All around the UK this month, people who live in eco-homes are opening their doors so that interested other homeowners can see for themselves what changes they have made and ask questions about the installation, benefits and drawbacks of different measures. It's the best way to inspire people to eco-renovate their homes.[read more]

Make No Little Plans

August 31, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Water in Chicago

I’m a big fan of Chicago. Having now visited, I can say that everyone was right when they told me that I was going to love it. But I don’t want to talk about any of these things today. I want to talk about something much more specific that stood out to me last weekend: Chicago’s relationship to both the water and the street.[read more]

Sustainable Design Innovation: Perez Art Museum Miami

August 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Sustainable Museum Design

The built and natural environments merged to form something new and amazing in Miami: The Perez Art Museum. One of the most fascinating recent uses of integrated design, the museum features a hanging garden and a complementary, tropical landscape filled with native plants and irrigated by the building itself.[read more]

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Map Reveals 39 Cities That Could Heat Themselves Using Rivers or Sea

August 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

London could heat itself from the Thames.

London could heat itself using the River Thames, and Bristol could be warmed by the River Avon in the future, if the potential identified by a new heat map of England is unleashed. It identifies 39 English cities that could take advantage of heat pumps and nearby bodies of water to deliver low carbon heat via district networks.[read more]

Toilet-To-Tap In Texas Towns Becomes A Reality

August 18, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier
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Toilet to Tap in Texas

The idea of wastewater to aid in water shortage situations isn’t all that new; treated wastewater is frequently used for industrial and landscaping purposes, and can equate to 2 billion gallons of water saved per year. Over 90% of the treated wastewater in the U.S. isn't recycled, and could be a valued resource.[read more]

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Climate Change Bailouts: Too Big to Fail?

August 16, 2014 by Peter Smith
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Climate Change and Federal Money

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Congress moved quickly to appropriate emergency relief funds. But what happens when sea-level rise and extreme weather events begin to affect every community in the United States at more or less the exact same time?[read more]

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That Sinking Feeling: The Coastal Cities Doomed to Disappear Beneath the Waves

August 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Bangkok under water.

Not only are global sea levels rising (at 3 mm per year) due to climate change but ground levels in some coastal megacities are simultaneously falling, and the most vulnerable areas are located on deltas. In some cases subsidence outstrips sea level rise by a factor of ten to one.[read more]