Lifestyle

A WEEKLY FEED OF NEWS AND IDEAS TO ENJOY IN A SUSTAINABLE CITY
Mar 2, 2015
Joel Towers
Executive Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
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?"
by Madeleine Levin
Feb 23, 2015
A new book about what we don't know
Gernot Wagner is an economist who focuses on what he doesn’t know. Tail events, the black swans, the unknown unknowns. The future.
by Jamie Carpenter
Feb 14, 2015
How can global finance...help the globe?
Can global finance rapidly shift gears to trigger a new wave of sustainable investing?
by Jamie Carpenter
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