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WEBCAST: George Marshall on Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

September 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

George Marshall, whose brain is wired up to talk about climate change.

Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know? An interview with George Marshall, author of a groundbreaking new book called Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.[read more]

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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]

Bees as Bellwether: Studying Colony Loss In the United States

Bee Loss and Environmental Risk

If you keep bees, have an interest in bees or have ever heard the often muttered phrase ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ or CCD, you may have heard of Jonathan vanEngelsdorp, research scientist for the University of Maryland and former State Apiarist for Pennsylvania.[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]

Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[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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Will the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals Offer Real Value?

August 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Bjørn Lomborg is crunching the numbers

The final work is ongoing to draft a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and set the international development agenda for the following 15 years. But is it sufficient to determine them purely on the basis of value for money?[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]

Serious About Green Roofs: Four Things We Need

August 13, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

National specialists argued that as the cost of green roofs were the highest before an industry was established, and that this was the current case in South Africa, they didn’t “see the rationality of a developer wanting to do a green roof unless there is some type of compensation for them”.[read more]

São Paulo's New Master Plan Prioritizes Sustainable Urban Development

August 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Master Plan

The largest city in Latin America has prioritized curbing car culture and making streets more pedestrian friendly. São Paulo’s new strategic master plan, unveiled on July 31, 2014, focuses on people-oriented development and improved public and non-motorized transport.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]