FOCUS: Sustainability

THE SUSTAINABILITY CHANNEL

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Put a Green Roof On It

A new tool visualizes green roofs on any building, and the water and energy they could save.

Ola Giertz

Freaky Furniture of the Day: Human Hair Chairs

Thanks to Swedish designer Ola Giertz, the stuff that sprouts from your head now can be a place to rest your butt.

Reuters

With Urbanization Comes Mountains of Trash

Cities in developing countries will see waste management challenges skyrocket as they continue to grow.

Reuters

Why Forest Fires Are Getting Worse

Colorado is having its worst forest fire season in decades. Is climate change to blame?

Liam Young

Canaries in the Global Coalmine: Birdsong in a Changing Climate

How increasing CO2 in the atmosphere will affect the songs of birds.

The Cost of Sprawl on Clean Water

The way we grow could have a major impact on water quality in the future.

Sustainia

A Guide to Copenhagen From the Future

Imagining a guidebook for the city in 2025.

Climate Desk

An Interactive Journey Through New York's Roofscape Makeover

Witness the evolution of NYC's billion-square-foot roofscape in the face of climate change.

Mathieu Struck/Flickr

Has South America's Most Sustainable City Lost Its Edge?

Brazil's Curitiba was once a model of sustainable planning. Now, it's struggling with a slew of urban problems.

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Which Cities Are Most Prepared for Climate Change?

According to a new report, governments in Latin American and Canada are doing the most, American cities come in dead last.

Reuters

A Blueprint for a Profitable Urban Farm

A new reports argues that plentiful vacant land in Youngstown can create jobs and money.

Flickr/Elvert Barnes

The Evolution of the Bike Lane

Bike infrastructure is changing, raising new questions about the best design.

Reuters

Instead of Levees, Plant Trees

According to new research, coastal forests greatly reduced the impact of the Japanese tsunami.

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The Growing Popularity of Bus Rapid Transit

When designed the right way, a BRT line can be a smart alternative to more expensive modes of public transit.

Flickr/El Caganer

Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities

A "third space" that encourages socialization, its easy access reduces emissions as well as drunk driving.

Ianqui Doodle/Flickr

Sequoia National Park Is Stuck in Pollution Hell

The fabled home of California's redwoods has the worst air quality of any national park and is full of mysteriously crippled wildlife.

Courtesy: Nicole Kistler

A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, in a Parking Garage

Seattle is building one of the country's biggest rooftop planting spaces.

Courtesy: Sarah Brailey

Fighting Climate Change With a 300-Mile Bike Ride

200 riders peddled from New York to Washington on the annual Climate Ride.

NASA

Instead of Lamenting the Urban Heat Island Effect, Why Don’t We Harness It?

Researchers are already at work turning toasty asphalt into energy cities can actually use.