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March 2, 2015
At The New School, "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 […]
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.