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A WEEKLY FEED OF NEWS AND IDEAS TO ENJOY IN A SUSTAINABLE CITY
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
A week after the People’s Cli­mate March took over mid­town Man­hat­tan, four of the City Atlas interns who were in atten­dance, along with the edi­tor, shared thoughts. How did it go, and where do we go from here? Chiara Zac­cheo: For me, the People’s Cli­mate March started on the sub­way. I remem­ber think­ing to myself that this is def­i­nitely the […]
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
Aug 18, 2014
Dust and people, past and future
For a thought­ful, cre­ative per­son com­ing of age in a time of daunt­ing eco­log­i­cal chal­lenge, how does one make sense of the present moment? One answer to that ques­tion can be found at The­atre 80 St. Marks next Sat­ur­day, for the final per­for­mance of a new musi­cal, with a book writ­ten by Abi­gail Car­ney, the sum­mer edi­tor of City […]
by Richard Reiss
Aug 15, 2014
Spontaneous Interventions' exhibit of little changes that matter
On the evening of July 24th, I took the ferry to Governor’s Island for an event hosted by Spon­ta­neous Inter­ven­tions: Design Actions For The Com­mon Good. After the ferry crossed New York Har­bor, the other guests and I landed on the hilly, meadow-covered island and walked along a path guided by chalk arrows. The arrows led to Colonel’s Row, a walk on the […]
by Devon Kennedy
Aug 12, 2014
Our Climate Projected: an artistic conversation on climate change
Jessie Reilly's participatory project Our Climate Projected is one way you can help spread the word about the UN Climate Summit and march.
by Chelsea Watson
Aug 11, 2014
City Atlas Roundup - Events August 11th-August 17th
Check out these great sus­tain­able events rounded up for you by City Atlas!  Click on date for full event list­ings for that day.   For more events through out the com­ing weeks check out the City Atlas events cal­en­dar! If you would like to sub­mit an event click here.     MONDAY AUGUST 11 SUSTAINABILITY, PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS […]
by Trude Chandler
Aug 6, 2014
Studying urban resilience at Jamaica Bay
The meet­ing place of the new Sci­ence and Resilience Insti­tute at Jamaica Bay used to be an air­port. That the for­mer Floyd Ben­nett Field now hosts infor­ma­tion about the sur­round­ing park­land and wildlife per­haps hints at the kind of flex­i­ble ‘resilience’ for which the insti­tute aims. Resilience is not nec­es­sar­ily about pre­serv­ing a land­scape as it is today, in a fixed form, for­ever. It’s about […]
by Abigail Carney
Aug 4, 2014
City Atlas Roundup - Events August 4th-August 10th
Check out these great sus­tain­able events rounded up for you by City Atlas!  Click on date for full event list­ings for that day.   For more events through out the com­ing weeks check out the City Atlas events cal­en­dar! If you would like to sub­mit an event click here.   MONDAY AUGUST 4 FARM SCHOOL NYC BENEFIT 7:00PM […]
by Trude Chandler
Jul 29, 2014
A local guide to FringeNYC
With shows from over 200 companies appearing at FringeNYC, the program guide may feel intimidating. Here, we suggest a few shows that are relevant to what we care about at City Atlas: New York and its future.
by City Atlas
Jul 28, 2014
LES gets a U: architecture + culture = resilience
City Atlas spoke with one of the designers of the Big U about the design philosophy behind the Big U, the process of working with the community, and what New York City can learn from Copenhagen.
by Abigail Carney