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British scientist gives best human rights talk of the year
October 9, 2015
"This is not about just incremental change. This is about whole system change. And this applies to all of us,whatever sphere of influence we have."
Can positive thinking be the key to our big
September 9, 2015
Public opinion lags scientific understanding of climate, and so our political system doesn't move fast enough. A new book offers ideas to change that around.
The future of fashion walks the new High Bridge
August 29, 2015
A glimpse of the High Bridge suggests it was fated to become a fashion runway one day.
August 20, 2015
The largest volunteer climate lobbying group began after Saunders noticed changes already happening in Central American countries and back home in Texas.
Shared renewables come to New York
August 8, 2015
In New York City, most of us live in apartments, making it impossible to power our homes from our own set of solar panels. But that's about to change.
Bjarke Ingels and Kim Stanley Robinson at
August 3, 2015
"An ounce of laws is worth 10,000 pounds of rhetoric."
Looking back at
July 31, 2015
Being at one of the booths of the IDEAS CITY festival was nothing like I expected it to be.
Keep it slow:” touring the High Line
July 22, 2015
The High Line has become a top destination for visitors. Does it still work for New Yorkers? Sarah Holder takes a tour.
Why I love the QueensWay
July 12, 2015
The QueensWay would transform an abandoned railway in Queens into parkland.
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.