environment

Students Use Arts to Understand Climate Change Challenges

Students Use Arts to Understand Climate Change Challenges

Just a reminder that, while the STEM fields get a lot of attention and money these days, the arts haven’t completely disappeared.  They can even be quite useful.  This from a recent article in the New York Times: University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the […]

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Confronting the Impacts of Rising Sea Levels

Confronting the Impacts of Rising Sea Levels

In case you missed it, the New York Times has a very interesting and sobering interactive graphic that projects how rising ocean levels could affect the major metro areas of the United States. You can find it here.

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US Attempts at Car Battery Industry Get a “Scarlet F”

US Attempts at Car Battery Industry Get a “Scarlet F”

According to a piece in last week’s Wall Street Journal, the US government’s attempts to “jump start” innovation in the car battery business (not much of a pun intended), has produced little success: What happened? The U.S. provided grants that tied the battery makers to aggressive timetables, requiring each to achieve production and staffing targets […]

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Highway Deconstruction & Quality of Life

Highway Deconstruction & Quality of Life

The City Fix highlights an interesting approach to improving the quality of urban life: The famed U.S. intellectual Lewis Mumford once said, “Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.” The recently released report on freeway removal from by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and EMBARQ (the producer […]

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Europe Paying a Price for Sustainable Agriculture

Europe Paying a Price for Sustainable Agriculture

According to Deutsche Welle, Europe is experiencing an egg crisis set off by recent regulations intended to promote more humane farming practices: An EU ban on hen battery cages has caused egg prices to reach record levels, with the food industry hardest hit by short supplies, the EU Commission said. The shortage is expected to […]

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Cities & Our Common Future

Cities & Our Common Future

We’re taking a break from regular blogging this week.  We leave you with this TED talk by Alex Steffen, in which he discusses how cities can create a “shareable” sustainable future.  Be back next Monday!

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