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South Australia Reaches 100% Renewables Electricity Supply If Only For a Day

October 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

South Australia's Sustainable Industries Education Centre.

On the day when the Australian government announced it had reached a deal on curbing climate-warming gas emissions from industry, the state of South Australia provides a glimpse of a renewable energy-powered future for the whole continent.[read more]

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Development and Mobility

Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for housing.[read more]

Getting Animated about Transit Oriented Development in Mexico [VIDEO]

October 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mexico TOD

ITDP Mexico’s “Mejores Calles, Mejores Ciudades” (Better Streets, Better Cities) video advocates the implementation of TOD strategies across the country. This impetus is greater given it responds to the demographic trends of the country: 77% of Mexico’s citizens live in cities.[read more]

New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

October 30, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

E-Waste and Recycling

You just upgraded the office’s computers, and have a bunch of towers and monitors that you’d like to recycle. It’s tempting to get online and go with the cheapest e-waste recycling service you can find, right? But unless you’re diligent, you don’t know what they’ll do with that e-waste once they pick it up.[read more]

Nine Technology Tools for Localizing the Food System

October 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Localizing Food via Tech

It seems that to purchase locally-produced foods, one must go to the nearest farm stand or visit the local farmers’ market. It may seem that the big-box grocery store is an embedded part of modern life, technology increasingly is empowering the buying and selling of local foods on an larger-than-ever scale.[read more]

A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, France

October 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Transportation Compared

The creation of the Paris, Lyon, and Marseille metropolises is at the center of the current territorial reform. While the transformation of their institutional organizations was subject to a sudden acceleration, the construction of an idea, and then a metropolitan project reveals ancient and complex dynamics.[read more]

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Why Don't Sustainable Technologies Automatically Lead To More Sustainable Lives?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

 Unilever's idea of behaviour change

A new study has found that people use domestic energy-saving systems in unexpected ways – often cancelling out any savings. it's not the first to do so, raising the question: how can we encourage people to lead more sustainable lives? I'm wondering whether it is to do with our beliefs. What do you think?[read more]

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Who'd Have Thought an Insurance Company Could Write a Manifesto on Managing Sustainable Cities?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Street in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy

"We believe sustainability is fundamentally about risk management", says one insurance company. And it's not alone.[read more]

Five Farms Pushing the Boundaries of Indoor Agriculture

October 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture Innovation

Indoor farms are the new and innovative way to grow greens. Modern indoor farms are quite large and filled with state-of-the-art technologies – they aren’t the tiny greenhouses of yesteryear. We’ve rounded up five indoor farms to give you a taste of what the most innovative growing organizations are producing.[read more]

Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil

October 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil and Traffic Safety

If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that you may be more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year.[read more]

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Cities Should Provide Children with More Opportunities for Play to Counter Health, Social Problems

October 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Play is not only vital, but providing facilities encourages families to move to a city.

An appeal has been made for cities to make more space for children to play in order not just to counter the many health, learning and social problems that are due to today's kids playing less than people's generations, but to make cities themselves more attractive and safe places for young families to move to.[read more]

Congratulations, Your City Is Dying!

October 27, 2014 by Jim Russell

Dying Cities

In general, a declining population translates into a dying place. For a place (city or nation-state), dying can also refer to the aging of the overall population. If everyone is too old to work, then who will pay for the health care? Save the wildcard of migration, more deaths than births is an existential threat.[read more]