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This 'genius' landscape architect just won $625,000 to save cities from rising sea levels — take a look at her solutions

By 2100, there is a 90% chance that global mean sea levels will rise anywhere from eight inches to 6.6 feet, according to a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report. As the world becomes more urbanized, cities can lose wetlands (which protect against flooding), trees (which …

Ecology

Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

Cities are leading the fight against climate change. Here's what some of the most forward-looking ones are doing.

Columbia University

8 maps show plastic’s impact on the world’s oceans — and what’s being done about it

Over the coming decades global plastic production is slated to increase nearly sixfold, and collection and recycling systems in many parts of the world already are struggling to keep up with the proliferation of plastic products and associated waste.<p>Broadly speaking, plastic pollution comes from …

Pollution

Humans are set to witness 'dangerous' consequences of global warming in this lifetime

The world could hit two degrees Celsius of warming – the point at which many scientists believe climate change will become dangerous – as early as …

Climate Change

Climate change is real: Just ask the Pentagon

A bitter wind blew across Sewell's Point on a recent afternoon as ocean waves crashed against a concrete pier where two black attack submarines were tied up for the day.<p>Pier 3 was taking the last hits of a severe storm that had roared ashore a few days before. It flooded four buildings, tore up …

Top 27 Mindfulness and Self Discovery Socrates Quotes

Socrates the classical Greek philosopher Born in 470 BC died in 399 BC was one the founder of the Western philosophy.<p>To read the full bio, I will …

1 Simple Way to Instantly Discover Your Life's Purpose (and Start Taking Action) | Inc.com

People are most productive when they have a sense of direction. Navigating the complex geography of your life is much easier and enjoyable after you have a clear understanding of your destination--the purpose of your existence. Unfortunately, most people get overwhelmed when contemplating these …

Self-improvement

Want to Be Happier? Answer These 34 Essential Life Audit Questions | Inc.com

Audits are standard in both personal and business finance, but in many ways, life audits are much more crucial. That's because life audits evaluate well-being not just in one area but in basically everything. They can mean massive changes to relationships, work, activities, and even what you put on …

Self-improvement

15 Must-Read Business Books on Leadership and Personal Development From the Past 5 Years | Inc.com

The problem with producing any "top" business book list is the elimination process. Over the last five years, there have been numerous publications by top authors worthy of mention.<p>For this list, I have focused heavily on science-backed leadership books that teach us where the future of motivation …

Leadership

30 questions every future millionaire has to ask themselves

The path to financial success isn't a straight line. Getting from where you are now to where you want to be requires creativity, resilience and years …

Self-improvement

Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

Colin Curwen-McAdams opens the door to his greenhouse in Mt. Vernon, Wash., and a rush of warm air pours out.<p>"Basically, it's summer all year long here," he jokes.<p>Curwen-McAdams, a PhD student at Washington State University, and WSU professor Steven Jones have developed a new species: a cross …

Forestry

18 Spectacularly Addictive Miniseries You Cannot Help but Love

Sometimes you want to watch a well presented story, but you look at a series that has up to 10 seasons and you’re too lazy to start watching them. …

10 Psychological Movies That Will Keep You in Suspense Right to the End

We at <b>Bright Side</b> have put together this selection of psychological movies that will not only help to while away the long evenings but also make you …

These six utopian cities of the future will help you re-imagine life on Earth

Alan Marshall, Author provided<p>Alan Marshall, <i>Mahidol University</i><p>Utopia, a book by English statesman, lawyer and clergyman Thomas More (1487-1535), turns 500 years old this month.<p>A fictional rendering of social philosophy, the book describes an exemplary society on an imaginary island in an unknown …

Urbanism

Involve IT People From Beginning In Designing Smart Cities, Say Experts

The BW Smart Cities Conclave on Wednesday discussed the role of everything from bikes to blockchain technology in the making of smart cities.<p>Jayant …

Smart Cities

To Tackle Big Urban Issues, This Architect Became A Data Designer

Herwig Scherabon wanted to communicate the inequality of cities rather than contribute to it.<p>Herwig Scherabon remembers the exact moment that he no longer wanted to be a practicing architect. He was working on a project based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with a team of fellow Viennese architects, …

Human Rights

'Smart Cities Making Life More Organised'

The mission of developing smart cities in India should be a national goal and must not depend on which party is in power in New Delhi, an industry …

Smart Cities

Important wins were notched up for African agriculture in 2016

2016 was a big year for agriculture in Africa with some notable “wins” across the continent. One of the most important gains was the increased use of …

Farming

Twelve organizations promoting urban agriculture around the world

The international community is beginning to recognize the integral role of urban agriculture in improving the economy, environment, and health of …

11 TED Talks That Show How Weird The Human Mind Really Is

You have less control over your decisions than you think.<p>We use our mind every second of every day, but it's safe to say no one understands exactly …

I read 15 books this year on happiness, productivity, and success — here are the most meaningful insights I've taken away

The bad thing is that one time a stack of said books collapsed on my desk neighbor.<p>Without a doubt, the books that moved me most this year focused on psychology and behavioral science — and as 2016 draws to a close, I'm reflecting on everything I learned.<p>Below, I've rounded up the most meaningful …

Self-improvement

Women And Men Use Cities Very Differently

Ask women and men how they, say, use transportation and you’ll get very divergent answers. The women, unsurprisingly, have a much more complex relationship.<p>In 1999, officials in Vienna handed out a questionnaire about how people in the city used transportation. The men filled it out in five …

The Refugee Crisis: Evaluating the Effects of Displaced Populations on the World’s Environment

The Refugee Crisis: Evaluating the Effects of Displaced Populations on the World’s Environment<p>By Jayna M. Smith<p>One of the greatest challenges facing …

Dominican Republic

What businesses want Trump to know about climate change

Nearly 400 companies and nonprofits signed a letter to express support for the Paris climate agreement. We asked a handful to tell us why<p>Many businesses that supply the goods and services we use every day understand that they have a role to play in keeping global warming in check. Their profits …

Sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: NASA's top houseplants for improving your wellbeing and removing air pollution

Next time you’re cruising Amazon for an air purifier, consider heading to your local nursery instead. Thirty years ago, NASA studied houseplants as a …

7 of the Most Ambitious Plans to Transform the World's Iconic Cities

Because sometimes even the greatest cities need a change.<p>Whether due to a sheer influx of people or the changing face of our environment, cities need to find ways to modernize and adapt to the growing world. In some cases, this change will occur slowly and organically. Other times, cities take a …

Urban Design

Reliance Industries gets world's 1st very large ethane-carrying ships - Firstpost

<b>New Delhi:</b> Reliance Industries Ltd has received the delivery of world's first very large ethane carrying ships that will be used for ferrying the …

Inside Songdo, The City Designed From Scratch To Be Sustainable

Can this Korean development outside of Seoul be the standard for how we build new cities in the future?<p>There aren’t any garbage trucks in Songdo, South Korea. Instead, trash is sucked through pneumatic pipes to a central sorting facility–in seconds–where it’s either recycled or turned into energy. …

9 Ways to Become Mentally Tough According to a Former Marine

You can read every leadership book out there, until you’re an expert in the art of managing other people.<p>But ultimately, this knowledge is useless if …

Self-help

Dream of owning a home comes true for more single women

‘Young women in their 30s make the best mortgage candidates out there in the Canadian housing market,’ says Lesley-Anne Scorgie, the Toronto-based author of three books, Well-Heeled: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting Rich, Rich by Thirty: Your Guide to Financial Success and Modern Couple’s Money …