FOCUS: Sustainability

THE SUSTAINABILITY CHANNEL

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Climate Change at the Neighborhood Level

Researchers in Los Angeles try out a more granular approach to temperature change estimates.

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Can Solar Panels and Historic Preservation Get Along?

Ideas for rules that balance a building’s historic character with the need for green energy.

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The Future of Measuring Community Sustainability

Two models explore just how much progress neighborhoods are making.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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When It Comes to Cutting Carbon, Cities May Be More Powerful Than National Governments

Mayors have direct control of 75 percent of emission sources in their cities, according to a new report.

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How Cities Can Help Fight Obesity

Some ideas for using existing infrastructure to get people outside and eating well.

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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.

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With Urbanization Comes Mountains of Trash

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

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Why Forest Fires Are Getting Worse

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Blueprint for a Profitable Urban Farm

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

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The Evolution of the Bike Lane

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

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Instead of Levees, Plant Trees

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