Island Press Urban Resilience Project

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Ben Carson on 5 Big Issues Facing U.S. Cities

Ben Carson basically got a warm congressional hug on Thursday, as the group of U.S. senators charged with vetting and approving President-elect …

Housing

Keeping Cities Dense Can Help Conserve Energy Use, Study Shows

Denser cities are more energy efficient, says a new study that suggests that keeping urban areas across the world tightly packed could improve energy …

Cities

Obama’s ‘bold, yet fragile’ climate legacy

Watch Video | Listen to the Audio<b>STEVE INSKEEP:</b> And finally tonight, we continue our series about The Obama Years.In his farewell address last night, …

Sea Level

Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issue

Priests, pastors and ministers nationwide are spreading the gospel of climate change — as are imams and rabbis.In recent years, faith-based advocacy …

Climate Change

Top Ten Leap Posts from 2016 | The Leap

<b>Last year, in connection with the Leap Manifesto, this blog was re-launched as The Leap: System Change on a Deadline</b><b>.</b> It was envisioned as a home for …

Top 10

Transportation For America – Big questions largely avoided during the first confirmation hearing for Trump’s Secretary of Transportation nominee

<b>Trump’s appointee to serve as Secretary of Transportation had a confirmation hearing yesterday before a Senate committee, and though she was light on</b> …

Government

Heat or Eat? New York Tackles Energy Costs and Climate Change

Choosing between paying for heat and paying for healthy food is a choice too many low-income families are forced to make. New York is trying to do …

Renewable Energy

The Paradox Digital Equity in Silicon Valley

As the Capital of Silicon Valley, San José is the “center of the universe” for innovation and disruptive technologies powered by the Internet economy.<p>…

Innovation

7 exceptional sustainability podcasts you should tune in to

If you can’t get enough of sustainability world, there are plenty of great podcasts to entertain your commute and workday.<p>A bumper crop of new green …

Environment

It’s official: inequality, climate change and social polarisation are bad for you

This year’s Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum warns that rising income inequality and societal polarisation could create further …

Justice

Finally, Uber Releases Data to Help Cities With Transit Planning

But it’s not the highly coveted numbers cities need. How helpful is the company’s new data tool?<p>Uber has long had a somewhat rocky relationship with cities, from its most recent public spat with San Francisco authorities over testing autonomous vehicles to its feud with New York City planners over …

Cities

Transforming Transportation: Toward Sustainable Mobility for All

São Paulo, Brazil Offers a Variety of Mobility Options. Photo by Mariana Gil / WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities / Flickr<p>From taxi apps to car sharing, …

Cities

Meet the Minds: Laura Tam on Creating Resilient Cities

2017 is shaping up to be an important year at SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. As the U.S. prepares for a …

Water

Majority of U.S. Mayors Say Poverty Is Their Top Concern

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, left, takes a selfie with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting. (AP …

Justice

Here's a look at Elizabeth Warren's laundry list of questions for Ben Carson

Ben Carson, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has left Elizabeth Warren with a lot of questions.<p>On the …

Affordable Housing

Designing a Renewable Food System

Thousands of organizations seeking food system change have pointed out the negative environmental and societal consequences of our current system, …

Environment

Collaborating for Equity and Justice: Moving Beyond Collective Impact

“A Perfect Storm of Turbulent Gases” by NASA, ESA and J. Hester (NASA) / pingnews.com<p><i>This article comes from the Winter 2017 edition of the</i> Nonprofit …

Philanthropy

Central Valley Business Times

Drought hurts low-income Californians the most, report says<p>OAKLAND<br>January 9, 2017 11:31am<p>• Pacific Institute report reveals pronounced effects on …

Water

Trump, Congress Could Halt State Action on Climate

• <i>Published:</i> January 9th, 2017<p>The head of the city department that drafts many of San Francisco’s greenest rules and regulations uses one word to …

Government

Shifting the Focus From Detroit’s Decaying Buildings to Its Resilient Population

Dave Jordano grew up just north of Detroit. When he left, after graduating from the College for Creative Studies in 1974, the city was still vibrant; …

Urban Planning

Desperate exodus of the climate refugees

In the last six years, some 140 million people have been forced to move because of climate-related disasters (Mongolian herders fly steppe blighted by climate extremes and social change, 5 January). Climate change is driving long-term environmental damage and sudden catastrophes, presenting a …

Climate Change

A blueprint for social resilience

By Otis Rolley, Regional Director for Africa and North America, 100 Resilient Cities<p>An inclusive and cohesive city is also a more resilient one. …

Big data is about to transform renewable energy

Developments in the US and China are eroding Europe's lead in renewable energy. But if the EU could harness the power of the big data, it could increase outputs from wind energy by 20 percent - without much building.<p>This week, the International Energy Agency came out with some new figures that will …

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

<b>A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city's acting mayor has said.</b><p>The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according to Xinhua state news agency.<p>The …

UK and Germany break solar power records

Sunny weather boosts solar power generation, providing estimated 7.8% of UK electricity in daylight hours of solstice<p>Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures.Germany generated over half its electricity demand …

Climate purge: Trump demands list of Department of Energy climate negotiators

The Trump administration will put a fox in every henhouse, from the Goldman Sachs execs who'll run the treasury to the working conditions repeat …

Climate change in 2016: the good, the bad, and the ugly

2016 wasn’t all bad news for the climate, but it was ugly toward the end<p>This past year had so many stories involving human-caused climate change – it will be forever in our memories. Here is a summary of some of the high points, from my perspective. When I say “high points” I don’t necessarily mean …

Climate Change

Seeing the devastation of climate change in the ruins of Aleppo

I recently followed a drone through the ruined Syrian city of Aleppo, courtesy of YouTube. The destruction was sobering, to say the least. The camera glided by exploded apartment buildings and streets piled with rubble, block after city block. The political situation in Syria is contemptible, the …

Climate Change

Leaked Transition Team Memo Outlines Trump’s Catastrophic Energy Agenda

<b>Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.</b> The Paris Agreement is in deep trouble. President-elect Trump has promised to cancel the agreement and stop …

Energy

Las Vegas' City Government Is Now Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

Las Vegas is now the largest city in the country to run entirely on renewable energy.<p>Just last week, Las Vegas announced it has reached its goal of powering the city governement entirely with renewable energy, meeting a goal the city has been working toward for nearly a decade. The goal was reached …

Las Vegas