Sustainability

Luc Schuiten

The 'Vegetal' Cities of Luc Schuiten: A Sustainability Fantasy

The visionary architect imagines metropolises built like vast orchards.

Kaid Benfield

What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities

On cities, sustainable placemaking, and the careful use of words.

A Book Labyrinth Dissolves Back Into a Forest

Over the past two years, the books have molded and mildewed while gigantic orange mushrooms sprout from their pages.

The Mississippi Drought, as Seen From Space

Satellite images show just how critical the situation has become.

NASA

What Mars Can Teach Us About Climate Change

Curiousity will offer critical insights into how the climate of Mars has changed over billions of years, lashed by solar winds.

Reuters

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.

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China's Dirty Water

A third of industrial waste water is released, without treatment, into rivers and lakes.

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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.

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How to Protect Lake Tahoe (and Places Like It)

Rules for protecting the resources we love.

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.

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Writing the Rules for Smart Cities

There still isn’t a common language or science of cities for the 21st century, but that could change.

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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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Why China Needs More Human-Scale Development

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

Yeosu Expo 2012

The Rise of the Eco Expo

Not only do expos bring together sustainable themes and ideas for an urban future, they often remake their host cities into leaner, greener spaces.

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How the Feds Are Building More Sustainable Cities

Already, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities has given $3.5 billion to more than 700 municipalities.

Eddi Törnberg

An Office Desk That Generates Electric Power Via Your Butt

Inspired by the laziness of humans, a Swedish designer built a workspace that runs in part on body heat and movement.