Lifestyle

A WEEKLY FEED OF NEWS AND IDEAS TO ENJOY IN A SUSTAINABLE CITY
Jan 25, 2015
Using geology to fix the atmosphere
What if the key to halting climate change lay not in the atmosphere above our heads, but in the rock beneath our feet?
by William Wepsala
Jan 12, 2015
Answering the hardest question on campus
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.
by Abigail Carney
Dec 28, 2014
Oysters!
"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..."
by Katie Conrad
Dec 7, 2014
The wilderness of the Gowanus Canal
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 […]
by Chiara Zaccheo
Nov 29, 2014
MAS Summit 2014: four visits to New York's big survey of ideas
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.
by City Atlas
Nov 25, 2014
Climate change knowledge for an urbanized planet: UCCRN
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?
by William Wepsala
Nov 9, 2014
The case for the electric taxi
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?
by Lydia Miller
Oct 27, 2014
Manhattan 2014: back and getting bigger than ever
Two years after Hurricane Sandy Manhattan is back and getting bigger than ever.
by Brandon Kelly
Oct 13, 2014
On forests, the gap between carbon ideals and binding commitments
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.
by Brandon Kelly
Oct 2, 2014
Reflections on the March
Four City Atlas interns and the editor reflect on their experiences at the People's Climate March.
by City Atlas
Sep 29, 2014
Food breakthroughs that launched our world of plenty (and Big Macs)
Ruth DeFries' new book describes humanity's incredible success at expanding our own food supply.
by William Wepsala
Sep 28, 2014
How far can wind, water and solar take us?
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. […]
by Erin X. Wong
Sep 16, 2014
The surprising importance of two degrees
2° C. How could such a seemingly small change in temperature be such an important threshold for the world?
by Devon Kennedy
Sep 11, 2014
Bees and honey buzz New York City
Bees are actually incredibly productive here in New York City.
by Kay Peat
Sep 9, 2014
Food policy for breakfast
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.
by Johanna Goetzel
Sep 5, 2014
People's Climate March leads with a film
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 […]
by Travis Gonzalez
Aug 29, 2014
CliMates trains student climate negotiators in NYC
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 […]
by Johanna Goetzel
Aug 20, 2014
Keeping Citi Bike(r )s alive
While the excellent safety record has been a major success for the Citi Bike program, its economics are less encouraging.
by Gabriela Kappes