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Dematerializing the car
July 5, 2015
Ecologist Eric Sanderson has written a carefully detailed and beautifully designed book on the need to redesign society without cars. Projjal Dutta, Director of Sustainability for the MTA, keeps a personal Tumblr titled “Taking the car out of carbon,” with a similar message (both Sanderson and Dutta are advisors to City Atlas). Enrique Penalosa, the visionary former mayor of Bogota, advised City […]
James White: ice
June 18, 2015
James White explains that the future of the city depends on how the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets melt in a warmer climate, and on what we do to slow the process down by curbing emissions.
Fifty Years of Landmarks
June 1, 2015
New York's Landmarks Law preserves not only the culture of the past, but the energy put into buildings of the past.
What’s your big idea?
May 29, 2015
We're thinking big. Trans-Atlantic big.
The great nuclear hope returns
May 23, 2015
One puzzle on which top experts disagree is the role of nuclear power in providing a solution to climate change.
Here Comes Solar: residential solar comes to
May 5, 2015
Will solar panels soon become as iconic to New York's rooftops as the ubiquitous water tower?
Insouciant coyotes take Manhattan
April 22, 2015
An adventurous coyote led police on a futile chase through Riverside Park on the Upper West Side, the second to be seen in Manhattan in April, and the sixth NYC coyote sighting of 2015, a record-breaking pace.
map: taking a look under the hood of the city
April 6, 2015
A new crowdsourced map shows some important features of the city and describes how we can respond to changing climate.
Bicycling around a warming globe
March 28, 2015
Part epic journey, part field research: David Kroodsma and Lindsey Fransen bicycled across Asia researching climate. It turns out that low carbon travel is possible with time and strong legs, and probably a much better way to see things.
New York’s lead role in solving for the future
March 22, 2015
A panel at Columbia looked at how New York is taking a leading role in how cities both cope with, and solve, the planetary challenge of climate change.
Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Park
March 12, 2015
What makes this park, a new jewel for New York City, so successful?
March 2, 2015
"We’re educating students who will go out into the world and have 60 years or more of productive and engaged life. What is the world going to be like 60 years from now?"
A new book about what we don’t know
February 23, 2015
Gernot Wagner is an economist who focuses on what he doesn’t know. Tail events, the black swans, the unknown unknowns. The future.
How can global finance…help the globe?
February 14, 2015
Can global finance rapidly shift gears to trigger a new wave of sustainable investing?
Using geology to fix the atmosphere
January 25, 2015
What if the key to halting climate change lay not in the atmosphere above our heads, but in the rock beneath our feet?
Answering the hardest question on campus
January 12, 2015
By the time college freshmen graduate in 2018, we'll know whether we've moved quickly enough on climate agreements and behavior change to stay within the 2°C target.
December 28, 2014
"In Dutch and English days, immense beds of oysters grew in the harbor. They bordered the shores of Brooklyn and Queens, and they encircled Manhattan, Staten Island, and the islands in the Upper Bay..."
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 […]