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As Attention Moves to Senate Energy Bill, Global Coal Boom Continues

June 22, 2010
As Attention Moves to Senate Energy Bill, Global Coal Boom Continues

From Andy Revkin at Dot Earth: One way to keep perspective amid all the Beltway cogitation over how  to keep a climate component in an energy bill is to pay attention to the global coal industry.  Coal is the prime factor determining the pace of growth in emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide as human populations […]

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Thinking Into the Future: Cities as Complex Systems and the Weight of History

June 15, 2010

Keri Facer – Learning to live in interesting times from FutureEverything on Vimeo. The video I share with you today comes from one of the keynote speakers at Future Everything, a design and technologies conference held in Manchester.  Keri Facer gives a provoking talk on how we think about the future–psychologically, collectively, technologically–and what it […]

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An Energy Bill in the Offing?

June 8, 2010
An Energy Bill in the Offing?

Just yesterday The Vine ran a nice piece on the possible directions a Senate energy bill could take in July.  The critical issues seem to rest on the ways that oil spill in the gulf will compel law-makers and how Reid’s proposal will affect the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill.  Critics, like Plumer, are speculating that with […]

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Composting in the City, Pick-up Service for D.C.

June 1, 2010
Composting in the City, Pick-up Service for D.C.

From Springwise: Composting may be the right thing to do for the environment, but it can be hard to get around the smell and the mess—particularly for urbanites without expansive yards. Much like the Daily Dump in India—which, by the way, looks to be thriving since our 2007 coverage—Compost Cab is a new service about […]

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Walkable Development in Portland (a Lesson for NYC?)

May 26, 2010
Walkable Development in Portland (a Lesson for NYC?)

Streetsblog recently ran a nice piece on walkable development in Portland.  We may face very different challenges here in NYC, but it looks like we’ve got some lessons to learn from smaller sister city in the northwest.  Noah Kazis writes: In many parts of America, efforts to build transit-oriented, walkable communities are foiled because financing […]

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