ChallengesEcoPreneurEnvironmentPlanetResilenceSustainable Development

Top 10 biggest global concerns, according to millennials

From climate change and destruction of nature to lack of education and employment, here’s what’s worrying the world’s young adults. It seems that just about every generation gets blamed for something; those born in the 1980s and 90s are no different. Going by the accounts of the snarky media, one …

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Climate ChangeEnvironmentGreen BuildingInternationalSmart Cities

How Much Are Trees Worth to Megacities?

In a metropolis teeming with shuffling crowds, cranes and high-rises aren’t the only things that ought to be reaching skywards. Megacities—those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people—would be well served to double down on their arboreal assets, according to a new paper in the upcoming issue of …

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Climate ChangePlanet

Lab Report: Why Didn’t Houston Evacuate for Harvey?

Harvey questions: As Houston grapples with epic devastation of the storm—chest-high floods, overwhelmed rescue squads, and more than 80,000 homes without power—many are questioning why mandatory evacuations weren’t enforced. But officials including Mayor Sylvester Turner are defending the decision, CNN reports: “You literally cannot put 6.5 million people on the …

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3 Green Building Trends Inspired by the World’s Most Sustainable Cities

By Krystal Rogers-Nelson The world’s most sustainable cities are redefining the building sector’s environmental impact. These cities are comprised of innovative buildings that incorporate the newest green technologies and building trends, putting environmental responsibility first. These cities have captured the world’s attention with their sophisticated designs, leading the way towards …

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PlanetWater

California to Consider 12 New Water Storage Facilities

A total of $2.7 billion will be awarded to a potential list of 12 water storage projects, thanks to funding from California’s Proposition 1, approved by voters in 2014. Paul Rogers reports that the state of California recently unveiled “12 huge new water projects from massive new dams in the …

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EnergyEnvironmentSmart Cities

Charting the Planet’s Path to 100% Renewable Energy

How quickly could the majority of planet wean itself off of coal, oil, and gas? For $124.7 trillion, perhaps within just a few decades. That’s according to the latest research by the Stanford University professor of civil and environmental engineering Mark Z. Jacobson. In a study published in the new …

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Planet

Recommended Listening: Podcasts for Designers and Planners

The American Society of Landscape Architects’ list of podcasts for landscape architects is heavy on planning-related content. Dana Davidson has produced a list of recommended podcasts for landscape architects that will also be welcome to fans of the medium who happen to be planners. Davidson’s list illuminates the cross-pollination of …

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ChallengesClimate ChangeInternationalLocal EconomyPlanetSmart CitiesTransportation

Mobi Bikes: Will Bike Share Make Vancouver a World-Class City?

After many delayed attempts at bringing bike share to Vancouver, British Columbia, Mobi Bikes finally launched in July of 2016, with 1,500 bikes and 150 planned stations. Vancouver is the 5th city in Canada to embrace bike-sharing, and Mobi is the second largest bike sharing program in the country, only behind …

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UN Global Compact Provides Platform for Business Leaders to Take Action on the SDGs

(New York, 20 July 2017) – The United Nations Global Compact brought together leaders from business with representatives from Government, the UN, civil society and academia to highlight private sector commitment to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) – the …

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ChallengesLocal EconomyMexico

Photographing an Eerily Empty Mexico City

When photographer Melvin Lara moved to Mexico City from his hometown of Cuernavaca, he set out on excursions to photograph his new city. In order to avoid the notorious traffic in Mexico’s capital, he gradually stayed later and later in the neighborhood around his office before heading home. He would …

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