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What Amazon’s HQ2 Wish List Signals About the Future of Cities

Amazon’s big announcement that it will build a second headquarters has caught the attention of local officials, economic development professionals, and pundits across the U.S. and Canada. And for good reason: “HQ2,” as it’s being called, would create upwards of 50,000 high-paying jobs and billions …

Smart Cities

While everyone was fixated on electric cars, Mazda quietly revolutionized an older technology

There's a widespread assumption that all-electric vehicles are over the next two decades going to displace gas-powered cars in the marketplace, at least in the developed world.<p>Maybe, maybe not. We're definitely witnessing a lot of new EV concepts, and some carmakers are even rolling out all-new, …

Electric Vehicles

Why has everyone stopped going green?

Back in the day, going green was a big deal. TreeHugger’s founder Graham Hill was on magazine covers. There was a Planet Green TV network. A …

Clean Air Act

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Eco

The kitchen in Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady's eco-conscious California home.Photo: Roger Davies<p>When it comes to home renovation projects, sustainability is one of the top considerations these days—perhaps nowhere more so than in the kitchen. But if a complete overhaul à la Tom Brady and Gisele …

China cementing global dominance of renewable energy and technology

It now owns five of the world’s six largest solar-module manufacturing firms and the largest wind-turbine manufacturer<p>China is cementing its global dominance of renewable energy and supporting technologies, aggressively investing in them both at home and around the globe, leaving countries …

Renewable Energy

Here's a master plan for 1.5 degrees

RMI<p>Instead of assuming incremental capital turnover, we based our scenarios on market adoption curves similar to those that have characterized …

Innovation

Modular sidewalk paving system harvests solar & kinetic energy, and is made from recycled plastic

<b>Move over, solar freakin' roadways. A Hungarian startup is generating energy from sidewalks with its pavers.</b><p>Although conventional wisdom has it that …

Food Insecurity & Climate Change

Background science<p>This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change …

'You can't escape': Clouds of filth are choking Asia's cities

The winter air in Tehran is often foul but for six days last week it was hardly breathable.<p>A dense and poisonous chemical smog made up of traffic and factory fumes, mixed with construction dust, burning vegetation and waste has shrouded buildings, choked pedestrians, forced schools and universities …

Pollution

Where is the world's most stressful city?

Research has shown that city-living has been linked to depression and anxiety – but what is it, exactly, that makes urban life so stressful? And what can be done to make the world’s cities more habitable?<p>“Sitting constantly in dilapidated cars wrecks their spines, and the ceaseless shouting that …

Urbanization

Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World - Take Action to Achieve the SDGs!

This ingenious sink faucet could cut water waste by 98%

Water shortage is a huge problem in several countries. Many households, however, still use water without paying attention to how much they use. A Kickstarter-backed company, Altered, created a simple device that aims to reduce water waste that comes from running faucets.<p><b>Follow TI:</b>On Facebook

DIY

101 small ways you can improve your city

The least you can do to make a big difference where you live<p>On Your Street | In Your Neighborhood | At Your Parks | Along Your Route | With Your Neighbors | In Your Community<p>We've scoured cities all around the world for small ideas with huge potential, and asked some of our favorite urban thinkers …

Systems thinking: Unlocking the Sustainable Development Goals

Twelve months in, and there’s been some good progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from governments, NGOs and businesses alike: …

Pollution

NASA Research Says These Are the Best Air-Purifying Plants

Plants play a key role in our mental and physical health—from helping us focus and beautifying indoor spaces, to maybe helping us live longer. And …

New Cities are Unsustainable - written by Yahia Shawkat

Of Egypt’s built environment, New Cities are possibly the largest drain on the country's limited energy resources. Since the seventies our government …

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can

It’s time to pour our creative energies into imagining a new global economy. Infinite growth is a dangerous illusion<p>Earlier this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken global temperature records by a shocking amount. March broke all the records too. In June, our …

Fossil Fuels

Pokécology: People will never put down their phones, but games can get them focused on nature

Anyone who has been outdoors in a populated area in the past month will be aware of the massive success of Pokémon GO, which has rocketed to the top …

5 of the coolest climate solutions that exist today

Systemic climate risks looming over cities, businesses and people everywhere may finally be starting to register, based on the laundry list of …

Is the Middle East the World’s Next Solar Energy Giant?

Dubai is building a solar plant that will power 75 percent of the city by 2050. Can the U.S. catch up?<p>Dubai, the most populous city in the United …

Why women are critical to clean energy

While climate change has been recognized as an urgent, global issue, the relevance of increasing the visibility of women in clean energy as a …

Data-Driven City Management

MIT

Xeriscape Gardening: Growing Plants With Less Water

Save water and still have a beautiful garden!<p>My zone four xeriscape garden has a succession of blooms from spring through fall including pink …

Gardening

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows<p>Degradation of the world’s natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet’s ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is …

Water

Home energy storage is the driving force of the future, claims Tesla trailblazer

When it comes to grabbing headlines with visions of the future, few can beat entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk. He’s behind SpaceX, the rocket company that he sees as a vehicle to his dream of colonising Mars.<p>Better known, perhaps, are his Tesla electric cars, an increasingly common sight in the …

Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.<p>Power prices actually went negative for several hours, …

Renewable Energy

How Should We Measure Sustainable Development?

<i>By Livia Bizikova and Peter Denton</i><p>The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development makes the timeline clear. We have 15 years to hit the targets and meet …

2016: sustainable buildings go from being green to being good for you

Next year, builders and businesses will realize that buildings that are good for worker are also good for the bottom line<p>Over the past 20 years, green construction has gone from a niche enterprise to a major driver of new business. But in 2016, erecting sustainable, profitable green buildings will …

Sustainability

Precious Plastic

Community<p>A community of over 40K people<p>Tutorials<p>30+ video tutorials to become a recycling hero<p>Map<p>We've created a map to make local collaboration …

Tutorials