FOCUS: Sustainability

THE SUSTAINABILITY CHANNEL

Updating the American Dream

An interview with innovative architect Peter Calthorpe.

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Greenland Might Not Be Melting As Fast As We Thought

A new study in Science suggests the ice sheet may be able to slow its melting rate.

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The Failure of Walmart's Sustainability Measures

The retail giant's push has generated a lot of publicity, but it's not fixing the fundamental problems.

Reuters

Are Co-Ops the Future of Green Energy?

English community takes collective ownership of solar farm.

Reuters

The Secrets Frackers Are Allowed to Keep

How much do you know about natural gas drilling? Turns out, it depends a lot on what state you live in.

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The Case for More Urban Trees

In many areas, trees are under siege. But our cities need them, for all sorts of reasons.

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Why Urbanites Make the Best Use of Environmental Resources

The head of the environmental program at Bloomberg Philanthropies makes the case in this compelling video.

Reuters

With Big California Water Project, Governor Wants to 'Get Shit Done'

Jerry Brown is taking a blunt approach to a controversial water plan.

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How to Protect Lake Tahoe (and Places Like It)

Rules for protecting the resources we love.

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This English Town Could Cut Your Carbon Emissions By Half

Smart design will reduce heat energy use, electricity use and water consumption.

Reuters

New Research Finds Urban Form Plays Little Role in Sustainability

The compactness of cities may not be a determining factor when it comes to energy use.

Courtesy: American Architectural Foundation

A New Model for Green Schools

A school in Portland, Oregon, is housed in a super-green building. And that's just the beginning.

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How Sprawl Makes Droughts Worse

No, it doesn't cause water shortage. But sprawl can exacerbate some of its impacts, in at least two ways.

Tobias Revell

Could Genetically Mutated Mushrooms Solve India's Energy Crisis?

Also, might irradiated zucchini plants alleviate global warming?

Courtesy: Credit Donkey

The Case for Public Transportation, in Infographic Form

A new chart details what we save when we take the train or bus.

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The Least Popular Ideas in Sustainability

Use dog poop for fuel! Have a sustainable rap contest!

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What Might Gas Stations Look Like When Hardly Anyone Uses Gas?

Some whimsical responses to a serious question.

Reuters

When National Parks and Industry Collide: 3 Cautionary Tales

Examples of industrial operations edging in on public lands, and the people who oppose them.

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Why China Needs More Human-Scale Development

It's time for fast-growing Asian cities to dump the super-block.