Unusually scarce precipitation last winter has left little snow on the mountains, endangering a key California water reserve.
2 days ago   KPCC
Protecting the poor and protecting the environment are two areas we haven’t quite figured out yet. Put them together, and we’re really up a creek. And we are, because these two silos are actually linked very closely. The relationship between poverty and environmental degradation is incredibly complex, but you wouldn’t guess it by looking at some recent policies gathering support out there in the world. Solutions, it would seem, are incredibly simple. But most of these ideas, though well-intentioned, address only one side of the poverty-environment relationship -- and really hurt the other. Blog Post
Jan 8, 2009   By Nate Berg
Thirty-story buildings used for crop-growing is a good idea on paper, but the challenges still outweigh the benefits.
Jan 8, 2009   The Christian Science Monitor
The catastrophic spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee is a wake-up call: there are more than 1,300 such dumps across the U.S., and, as a result of coal industry lobbying, no federal regulations for safe storage, reuse or disposal of the waste.
Jan 8, 2009   New York Times
Compared to natural settings, busy urban environments can be detrimental to cognitive functioning and self-control. Well-designed, biodiverse parks are integral to counterbalancing the concrete jungle.
Jan 7, 2009   The Boston Globe
Plans to erect a concrete "eco barrier" around Rio's slum areas being heavily criticized by human rights activists and environmentalists.
Jan 6, 2009   Guardian (UK)
Degradation of soils has brought down many human civilizations. Our current industrial agriculture practices threaten the future of human existence. A 50-year farm bill is needed to guide policy on a more sustainable path, according to this oped.
Jan 6, 2009   The New York Times
Small wind turbines are showing up on residential properties in New York City as developers get savvy about cutting energy costs with passive technologies.
Jan 6, 2009   The New York Times
This article from <em>Wired</em> looks at new plans to prevent massive flooding in the low-lying Netherlands.
Jan 3, 2009   Wired
This column looks at President-elect Barack Obama's food politics and wonders just how sustainable his administration's food policies will be.
Jan 2, 2009   The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Inhabitat selects their top 10, ranging from DIY bicycles to the fall of the S.U.V. Notably, transit is barely mentioned.
Jan 2, 2009   Inhabitat