How global cities are going green

8 policies U.S. cities can follow to help cut emissions By Patrick Sisson The feasibility of a Green New Deal—a massive mobilization to decarbonize the economy—has gone from a progressive dream to one of the most commented upon topics in American politics in a few months time....
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Bioplastics could be worse for the planet than fossil-fuel plastics

Bioplastics could potentially be worse for the environment than conventional plastics, according to recycling expert Arthur Huang. Marcus Fairs Bioplastics could potentially be worse for the environment than conventional plastics, according to recycling expert Arthur...
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Extinction Rebellion uses strong graphic posters to spread its message

Extinction Rebellion uses bold graphics in protest against climate change

Climate change action group Extinction Rebellion has unveiled a “radically different” visual identity, including DIY protest posters. India Block Climate change action group Extinction Rebellion has unveiled a “radically different” visual identity,...
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harvard GSD launches ‘the future of the american city’ initiative

the harvard university graduate school of design (GSD) launches ‘the future of the american city’ on april 18th, 2019. curated by the school’s office for urbanization, the platform offers ideas, images and research on a range of subjects concerning the future of our urban...
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IBM researchers develop recycling tech that eats dirty bottles to make new plastic

IBM researchers have discovered a a catalytic chemical process that digests plastics into a substance which can be fed directly back into plastic manufacturing machines in order to make new products. the process, called VolCat recycling, collects plastic bottles, containers, and...
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The Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm grows fruits and vegetables in New York City. Photo by Anastasia Cole Plakias

8 ways cities are transforming urban rooftops

With street-level space at a premium, urban rooftops are underused spaces ripe with potential. By Megan Barber Over the past few years, a sweeping construction boom has rendered U.S. cities ever denser, but there’s one type of urban space that’s still an untapped resource:...
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“It’s time for architects to choose ethics over aesthetics” says Christine Murray

Architects can limit the environmental impact building has on our climate using their power as specifiers, they just need do it, says Christine Murray. Christine Murray Architects are quick to bemoan their loss of status, sensing the growing lack of respect for the profession....
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Global Thermostat's pilot plant in Menlo Park, Calif., pulls carbon dioxide from the surrounding air. The next challenge is to find uses for the captured gas. Courtesy of Global Thermostat via NPR

Climate change fears spur investment in carbon capture technology

Leslie Hook in Zurich  –  Financial Times Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership with the Financial Times. Subscribers will see stories like this every day on our website (and in our daily emails) as an added value to your subscription....
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Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal

Carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere and stored as a solid, using a new technique pioneered at Australia’s RMIT University with seven other institutions. Rima Sabina Aouf The research team turned CO2 into a coal-like solid, in what could be a potential...
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Hurricane Irma, Miami (Credit: ABC News) via The Real Deal

Miami taps Urban Land Institute to evaluate sea-rise plan, infrastructure investment

$135K contract will cover ways city can protect neighborhoods along Biscayne Bay By Francisco Alvarado Taking a cue from Miami Beach, the city of Miami is hiring the Urban Land Institute to study its master plan and infrastructure projects designed to address the impacts of sea...
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