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The wilderness of the Gowanus Canal
December 7, 2014
Miska Draskoczy’s photography brings to life an area of Brooklyn that has only recently gotten major attention – for its real estate potential, Whole Foods establishment, and a new wave of gentrification. But the photographs included in Draskoczy’s recent solo show “Gowanus Wild” (Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn) reveal another Gowanus. The images in the show were all taken at night, usually between midnight […]
Summit 2014: four visits to New York’s big survey of ideas
November 29, 2014
This year's theme was 'equity, place, and opportunity,' and the conference comprised a brisk review of new ideas and commentary on how to make the city work for all its citizens.
Climate change knowledge for an urbanized planet:
November 25, 2014
The people behind the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) are passionate about delivering climate science to cities, with over 100 citations in the latest IPCC report. So who are they?
The case for the electric taxi
November 9, 2014
In his January 2013 State of the City Address, Mayor Bloomberg called for a one-third electric taxi fleet by 2020. What will it take to make that happen?
Manhattan 2014: back and getting bigger than ever
October 27, 2014
Two years after Hurricane Sandy Manhattan is back and getting bigger than ever.
On forests, the gap between carbon ideals and binding commitments
October 13, 2014
Healthy forests make for healthy cities, and for a healthy planet, but a new declaration from the UN climate summit may not offer enough protection for them.
Reflections on the March
October 2, 2014
Four City Atlas interns and the editor reflect on their experiences at the People's Climate March.
Food breakthroughs that launched our world of plenty (and Big Macs)
September 29, 2014
Ruth DeFries' new book describes humanity's incredible success at expanding our own food supply.
How far can wind, water and solar take us?
September 28, 2014
Solving climate change means replacing our energy system: the climate change problem is largely a zero carbon global energy development problem. But changing the world’s energy system is easier said than done: economics, global politics, domestic politics, technology, and our personal energy use have to align to make change possible. Each factor influences the next, and time is limited. […]
The surprising importance of two degrees
September 16, 2014
2° C. How could such a seemingly small change in temperature be such an important threshold for the world?
Bees and honey buzz New York City
September 11, 2014
Bees are actually incredibly productive here in New York City.
Food policy for breakfast
September 9, 2014
Food security and public health are at the heart of the issue of climate change. Johanna Goetzel reports on a recent talk on the subject held at the CUNY Graduate Center.
People’s Climate March leads with a film
September 5, 2014
On September 21st in New York City, individuals and groups from across American society will be coming together to march, to make a collective statement that the climate crisis cannot be ignored any longer. The People’s Climate March aims to be the largest climate demonstration in history, and it comes at a pivotal time — the weekend before President Obama visits New […]
CliMates trains student climate negotiators in
August 29, 2014
Born out of exasperation at the slow pace of international progress on climate change, the French-based group CliMates provides participation and training to young people who want to help push forward for solutions. This Friday, August 29th concluded the Second CliMates International Summit, hosted at Columbia University. Organized by volunteers and peer leaders, this gathering of students […]
Keeping Citi Bike(r )s alive
August 20, 2014
While the excellent safety record has been a major success for the Citi Bike program, its economics are less encouraging.
Dust and people, past and future
August 18, 2014
For a thoughtful, creative person coming of age in a time of daunting ecological challenge, how does one make sense of the present moment? One answer to that question can be found at Theatre 80 St. Marks next Saturday, for the final performance of a new musical, with a book written by Abigail Carney, the summer editor of City […]
Spontaneous Interventions’ exhibit of little changes that matter
August 15, 2014
On the evening of July 24th, I took the ferry to Governor’s Island for an event hosted by Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions For The Common Good. After the ferry crossed New York Harbor, the other guests and I landed on the hilly, meadow-covered island and walked along a path guided by chalk arrows. The arrows led to Colonel’s Row, a walk on the […]
Our Climate Projected: an artistic conversation on climate change
August 12, 2014
Jessie Reilly's participatory project Our Climate Projected is one way you can help spread the word about the UN Climate Summit and march.