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New Tool for Ecological Services

May 18, 2010
New Tool for Ecological Services

From the Stockholm Resilience Centre: Following an intense study of agricultural ecosystems near Montreal, a new tool that enables the simultaneous analysis and management of a wide range of ecological services has been developed by Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne of McGill University´s Department of Geography, Elena Bennett of the McGill School of Environment, and centre researcher Garry […]

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Solar Maps for NYC?

May 11, 2010
Solar Maps for NYC?

Green reports that there is a comprehensive ‘solar map’ in the works for New York City.  They quote CUNY’s very own Tria Case and explain that a new LIDAR dataset will allow users to calculate potential energy generation capabilities for individual rooftops.  (We have learned from other sources at CUNY that this data is going […]

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Wind Power Strong, Solar Still Growing

April 20, 2010
Wind Power Strong, Solar Still Growing

Green Inc. recently ran two separate pieces on trends in alternative energy across the United States.  Wind power seems to have fared the recession amazingly well: A record 10,010 megawatts of new wind capacity was installed in the United States last year, accounting for 39 percent of new electrical generation, the American Wind Energy Association […]

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Urban Orchards for Public Health

April 13, 2010
Urban Orchards for Public Health

From Ecologist: Every year between June and October, the Hackney Marshes in north-east London are covered with sweet, luscious blackberries. Families bring buckets and collect the free harvest, turning the berries into jams, smoothies and many other recipes. They are so abundant that most of the succulent berries are never picked. Yet larger supermarkets will […]

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Innovation and Urban Transformation in NYC

April 6, 2010
Innovation and Urban Transformation in NYC

Urban Omnibus ran an excellent piece last week on innovation and the development of New York City.  They interviewed key players from the Regional Plan Association (RPA) in order to explore how three long-term plans have shaped the face and composition of the city up through the 20th century.  What strikes me most about this […]

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