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City-dwellers Around The World Call on Politicians to Act on Climate Change

September 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Peoples Climate March NYC 

According to CBS News there were 300,000. Marching, Singing, waving banners, taking over the whole of downtown Manhattan. Around the world, a total of 580,000 were estimated to have participated in demonstrations in 2,000 cities yesterday. Politicians are being scrutinized in advance of this week's crucial UN meeting.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez

Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

Decoding the Place Between Places

September 22, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe
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In-Between Spaces

Many promote urban walkability, but for several years, I have focused on inter-urban, or, even inter-settlement walkability. Strolls through such “places between” not only highlight the virtues of walking itself, but also invoke the universal transitions between distinct locales and the amorphous rural countryside.[read more]

The Challenge of the Century: Maarten Hajer

September 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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Challenge of the Future

It has been estimated that over 70% of the world’s population shall be living in cities by 2050. This means that over the next 40 years we shall be witnessing a mass exodus of over 2 billion people to the cities hoping to make their homes there.[read more]

Composting: The Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes and Other Places?

September 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
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Composting and Invasive Species

As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do have come up short.[read more]

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Cities Poised for Historic Role in Global Climate Negotiations

September 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Tues 23 Sept: a date for the planet.

Delegates from around the world will saturate New York City next week for the United Nations Climate Summit and the crucial task of settling out the detail of a global agreement to reduce the world's greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the urgent challenge of climate change.[read more]

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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]

Athens, Greece's Hellinikon Park Poised to be the Largest Park in World

September 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Athens and the Largest Park

“I can already imagine the faces of my family and friends all the way back in North Dakota when I tell them that I work in Athens. You don’t know what the word 'Athens' means to an American person and how many magical things we recall. It’s incredible.”[read more]

Can Auto-Rickshaw Fare Reform in Chennai Lead Users to Choose Sustainable Transport?

September 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Auto-Rickshaw Reform and Policy

Chennai, India has long been notorious for its lawless auto-rickshaw drivers. On August 25, 2013, the Tamil Nadu state government sought to change this perception by reforming rickshaw fare structures. The government was forced to implement the reform by the Supreme Court following a petition filed in 2010.[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]

The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities?

September 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

UN Climate Summit and Cities

City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.[read more]