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The new magnetism of mid-size cities

For many millennials, second cities are becoming their first choice<p>If, 10 years ago, you had asked 28-year-old Sarah Luckett Bhatia if she’d eventually return to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, she “would have laughed in your face.”<p>Even just a few years ago, the prospects of coming home to …

How Cape Town was saved from running out of water

Late last year, as the South African government faced the prospect of its largest city running out of water, they took an unprecedented gamble.<p>The government announced “day zero” – a moment when dam levels would be so low that they would turn off the taps in Cape Town and send people to communal …

Why You Should be Reading Books Every Day, According to Science

It's a habit that's beneficial on several levels.<p>According to the Pew Research Center, more than a quarter--26 percent--of American adults have not read even part of a book within the past year. It's a shame considering that researchers have found reading is beneficial in many ways.<p>1. Reading …

Pew Research Center

Engineers tried to tame the Mississippi River. They only made flooding worse.

<i>This</i> <i>story</i> <i>was originally published by</i> <i>Wired</i> <i>and is reproduced here as part of the</i> <i>Climate Desk</i> <i>collaboration.</i><p>Scientists, environmentalists, and anyone who …

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What To Do in Seville, Spain : A Southern Spanish Gem

Spain quickly became one of my favorite countries after my trip to Sevilla and Barcelona. My time in Seville (or “Sevilla” to the Spaniards) was an …

Urban mining: Hidden riches in our cities

Cities hold tons of materials that can be reused — and doing so can address over-exploitation of scarce natural resources. From buildings to …

Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits.<p>Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City …

Urban Agriculture

Breathing bus stops and forest cities – which places will soon have the cleanest air?

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the London Congestion Charge, the revolutionary initiative to reduce traffic and cut air pollution in the capital.<p>On top of the standard congestion charge, high-exhaust vehicles are now penalised extra for entering the low-emission zone under the T-Charge …

‘End of the World Atlas’ Reveals Future Human-Nature Conflicts

The world is rapidly becoming more urban, but as cities grow in size, their impact on Earth’s biodiversity grows in step. As a new mapping effort led …

A House on Shaky Ground: Eight Structural Flaws of the Western Worldview

Imagine living in a home with structural flaws in the foundations. At first, you might not notice too much. Every now and then, some cracks might …

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What Does China’s 'Ecological Civilization' Mean for Humanity’s Future?

By Jeremy Lent<p>Imagine a newly elected president of the United States calling in his inaugural speech for an "ecological civilization" that ensures …

17 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Andalusia

There’s no place like Andalusia – the mesmerizing, sun-kissed Spanish region, where glorious palaces whisper of wealthy Moorish kings, and […]The …

The greenification of junk food

What do Dunkin' Donuts, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Budweiser have in common? They're all going green.<p>Dunkin' (DNKN) is getting rid of foam cups and replacing them with recyclable paper ones. Coke will recycle more and use more environmentally friendly packaging. McDonald's will start using …

U.S. cities can save billions with green, resilient design, says report

A financial case for green roofs, solar panels, and permeable pavement<p>Sustainability has become a buzzword for urban designers and environmental advocates. A new report released yesterday stresses that making it a de facto policy for U.S. cities would be a cost-effective design solution that could …

El Paso

World's Largest Air Purifier Completes Successful Trial Run in Xi'an, China

A 100-meter-tall air purification tower in Xi’an, China – believed to be the world’s largest air purifier – has significantly improved city air …

Air Purifiers

Want to Increase Your Happiness This Year? Science Says 1 Rare Habit Truly Stands Out

Research suggests that companies and individuals committed to living out this principle will see a happier workplace and an improved bottom line.<p>Positive psychology has got me hooked. This explosive field's body of research is telling us that if we desire a life of happiness, and if we truly want …

10 rivers are responsible for 90% of the plastic in the ocean

Around 90 percent of the plastic polluting our oceans comes from just ten rivers, a new study has shown.<p>Eight of those rivers are in Asia, with the …

The Closing of the Republican Mind

The tax debate offers a clear measure of how deeply insular the GOP has become. It’s now governing solely of, by, and for Red America.<p>When Ronald Reagan passed his historic tax cut in 1981, he won support from 25 Democrats in the Senate and 113 in the House.<p>When George W. Bush passed his sweeping …

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6 Morning Routines That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

To start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.<p>The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that’s what a 2009 University of …

Urban Trees Grow Differently Than Rural Trees

If you’re familiar with the urban heat island effect, chances are you’re not a fan. It’s that oppressive quality to the air in the Target parking lot …

Republican Is Not a Synonym for Racist

Conservatives must reckon with their policies’ discriminatory effects. That would be more likely if liberals stopped carelessly crying bigot.<p>Is American conservatism inherently bigoted? Many conservatives would be enraged by the question. Many liberals suspect the answer is yes.<p>These different …

Rights & Freedoms

Why 'Why Buddhism Is True' Is True

Here is one thing author Robert Wright and I agree on when it comes to Buddhist meditation: It's really, really boring.<p>At least, it's boring in the beginning. But there is another thing we agree on, too. That <i>initial</i> meditative boredom is actually a door. It's an opening that can lead us to …

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How Washington Made Harvey Worse

A federal insurance program made Harvey far more costly—and Congress could have known it was coming.<p>Hurricane Harvey was a disaster foretold.<p>Nearly two decades before the storm's historic assault on homes and businesses along the Gulf Coast of Texas this week, the National Wildlife Federation …

The Netherlands, always vulnerable to floods, has a new approach to water management

Much of the Netherlands is below sea level and major floods have occurred every generation or so for hundreds of years. In a warming world with increased rainfall and sea level rise, the threat from floods is increasing worldwide, and the Dutch are leading the way in water management …

15 Best Leadership Books Every Young Leader Must Read

When you have many thoughts in your mind, it can be overwhelming. Maybe you won’t be able to focus on just the thing you’re working on because of …

6 things you'll love about Oaxaca

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cancun and Cabo are great -- sand, sun, surf. But if you want true Mexican culture, you have to leave the bikinis behind.<p>Consider the artsy, ancient, high-altitude city of Oaxaca (pronounced "wah-HAH-kah") in the southwestern part of Mexico. It's difficult to spell, but easy to love.<p>In the …

Raw waste water use on farms is '50% higher' than estimated

<b>The global use of untreated waste water from cities to irrigate crops is much more widespread than previously estimated, says a new report.</b><p>According to this updated assessment, nearly 30 million hectares are now using untreated water within 40km of an urban centre<p>Some 800 million people, including …

My Depressing Summers in Belize

When summer arrives, my friends and family inevitably roll their eyes when I tell them I’m packing for my fieldwork in the Caribbean. They picture a book and a white-sand beach. I do get a tan. But it’s no vacation.<p>I study ocean ecosystems. The work is chronically underfunded, so food and housing …

Trump's alarming environmental rollback: what's been scrapped so far

Since January, the White House, Congress and EPA have engineered a dizzying reversal of regulations designed to protect the environment and public health<p>Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate deal may have followed months of anguished division amongst his closest …

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