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Connecting Placemaking and Resilience in New York’s Coastal Areas

Connecting Placemaking and Resilience in New York’s Coastal Areas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A resilient place has traditionally been considered one that is capable of “bouncing back.”
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Houston, let's leverage what others are doing in this area.  The hardness of our built environment will be our Achille's heel in the ever more stormy days ahead.

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Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change – video

Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change – video | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Josh Willis of Nasa explains the space agency’s announcement that a long-term satellite imaging study has shown a dramatic rise in sea levels due to climate change
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Yale Environment 360: NASA Study Quantifies Plants' Role in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect

Yale Environment 360: NASA Study Quantifies Plants' Role in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The presence or scarcity of vegetation is an essential factor in determining how much urban areas heat up, according to a NASA study. Using data from multiple satellites, the researchers found that areas covered in part by impervious surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, and steel had an average summer temperature 3.4 degrees F higher than nearby rural areas. The highest U.S. urban temperatures compared to surrounding areas were along the Interstate-95 corridor from Boston to Washington and around Atlanta and the I-85 corridor in the Southeast. In desert cities such as Phoenix, the urban area was actually cooler because irrigated lawns and trees provide cooling that dry, rocky areas do not, the researchers explain. The urban heat island effect, as the phenomenon is known, occurs primarily during the day, when impervious surfaces in cities absorb more sunlight than surrounding vegetated areas. Plants naturally lower surrounding surface temperatures by releasing water back into the atmosphere during photosynthesis. An increase of just 1.8 degrees F can raise energy demands for air conditioning from 5 to 20 percent in the United States, according the Environmental Protection Agency.

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New Rules of the Road in Mexico City | TheCityFix

New Rules of the Road in Mexico City | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This week, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera celebrated the Day of the Pedestrian by announcing strong new policies to reduce speed limits and to increase penalties for dangerous driving. In doing so, he ushered in a new era of traffic safety in Mexico City.


Mayor Mancera’s actions reflect a growing global recognition of road safety as global health crisis. Around the world, 1.24 million people die in car crashes annually, including 1,100 in Mexico City in 2012—an average of three people killed every day. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are expected to become the seventh leading cause of death globally by 2030. The tragedy is that each traffic death is preventable. As we saw in New York City over the last decade and in our ongoing work with cities around the world, lives can be saved through strong road safety laws and increased enforcement. Yet nearly 85 percent of nations globally don’t have adequate traffic laws to help counter traffic deaths and injuries.


Mexico City joins world class cities like New York and London in addressing the number-one killer on its streets: speeding. It may seem strange to limit speeding on roads that are frequently clogged with traffic, but statistics show that large streets account for more than 50 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in Mexico City. The difference in 20 km/h in speed can be the difference between life and death, which is why lowering speed limits on primary roads from 70 to 50 km/h will save lives. And even a moment of distraction can take a life, which is why texting or making calls while driving must be treated as a serious threat to the safety of everybody on the street.

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10 ways the circular economy is changing the way businesses think

10 ways the circular economy is changing the way businesses think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The transformation to create a more competitive resource-efficient economy is under way and it’s changing how businesses, large and small, approach what they do.
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Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US

Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
US to raise issue in Paris climate talks and call for more research as concern grows over climate change-induced warming on marine life
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BLDGBLOG: Typographic Forestry and Other Landscapes of Translation

BLDGBLOG: Typographic Forestry and Other Landscapes of Translation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Speculative short stories realized as ornamental thickets in the backyards of arboreally inclined landowners.

Given all the urban parks, hedge mazes, and scientifically accurate themed gardens of the world—two of my favorites being the exquisite Silver Garden at Longwood Gardens and the scifi otherworldliness of the Desert Garden at the Huntington—surely there is room for a kind of translation landscape?
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Love the idea of tree typography!

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Study: Choice Architecture, Not More Info, Key to Healthier Purchasing Habits | Sustainable Brands

Study: Choice Architecture, Not More Info, Key to Healthier Purchasing Habits | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Recent research by Danish behavioral design consultancy Krukow reveals simple strategies that have broad applicability for businesses trying to secure market share with sustainable product offerings.
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Yes, you can learn by osmosis and observation. I did.

Yes, you can learn by osmosis and observation. I did. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bruce Katz shares five lessons he learned through observation of his mentor, Henry Cisneros, the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development during the first term of President Bill Clinton.
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Think Like a Tree: What We Can Learn From the Oaks That Survived Katrina

Think Like a Tree: What We Can Learn From the Oaks That Survived Katrina | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Architects and scientists may be able to work together to build natural-disaster resistant buildings...by looking at trees.
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A Coming of Age for Impact Investing

A Coming of Age for Impact Investing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The new benchmark is an indication of a fast-growing and increasingly sophisticated impact investing industry.
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How the circular economy is taking off in the US

How the circular economy is taking off in the US | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Once a Scandinavian speciality, the circular economy has gained momentum in Europe, and now companies across the US are seeing the benefits
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Black-capped kingfishers, yellow-vented bulbuls and toucans of Panama feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm

The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy
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Mexico City Moves Forward with Ambitious Elevated Park

Mexico City Moves Forward with Ambitious Elevated Park | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mexico City, one of the world's great megalopolises, with more than 20 million people, is struggling to create more green space for its ever-expanding population. Estimates put the amount of green ...
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Many cities world-wide should take note, my home city of Houston, TX included!

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Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says

Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rising population and dwindling water supplies will affect millions of people and exacerbate conflict in the region
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Own a Home in Just Four Years? This Co-Op Program Keeps Workers in the Neighborhood

Own a Home in Just Four Years? This Co-Op Program Keeps Workers in the Neighborhood | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Alex Cedeño quit renting two years ago. Now, he has just two years left until he owns his own home. And it’s all thanks to his employer, Evergreen Cooperatives.
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Rethinking urban traffic congestion to put people first

Rethinking urban traffic congestion to put people first | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute recently unveiled their semi-regular report on urban traffic congestion. Chances are you read about it in your local news outlet. While the focus and themes of the report are largely the same as previous years, big changes are underway in how we study, think about, and address metropolitan traffic congestion. This new, modern approach calls into question whether the endless pursuit of congestion relief makes sense anymore as a practical policy goal.
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BEEcosystem creators looking to create a buzz about bees

BEEcosystem creators looking to create a buzz about bees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Honeybees play a crucial role in pollinating crops. The BEEcosystem observation hive has been designed to help combat falling bee numbers by encouraging people to take up beekeeping and get educated about bees.
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America's Shrinking Cities Are Gaining Brains

America's Shrinking Cities Are Gaining Brains | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If there's one thing that's a nearly universal anxiety among cities, it's brain drain, or the loss of educated residents to other places. I've written about this many times over the years, critiqui...
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The Drought Isn't Just a California Problem

The Drought Isn't Just a California Problem | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A rundown of other Western states in the middle of serious dry spells.
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What will happen to oil and gas workers as the world turns carbon neutral?

What will happen to oil and gas workers as the world turns carbon neutral? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Building a wind farm or solar energy project is nothing professionals in fossil fuels can’t manage, but there are too few programmes to help them retrain
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Imagine applying all that oil and gas know how to alternative energy, particularly in research for efficiency and improved technologies...we'd have a win for the planet!

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New Orleans launches resilience roadmap to tackle climate and social challenges

New Orleans launches resilience roadmap to tackle climate and social challenges | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As well as focusing on climate-related catastrophes, the 41-step resilience strategy addresses social issues such as poverty, racial inequality and crime
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Report Release: The Economics of Demand Flexibility

Report Release: The Economics of Demand Flexibility | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the context of the U.S. electricity system’s evolution, Demand Flexibility represents a huge, cost-effective resource option for customers, utilities, and third-party innovators alike to reduce costs and create value.
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