Environment

Architecture Critic Mark Lamster sets aside the complex issues of lane configurations and traffic calming to focus on a key aspect of walkability: proper lighting.
2 days ago   The Dallas Morning News
Last Tuesday was a big day for me and an even bigger Earth Day for the City of Los Angeles. After 18 months of meetings, focus groups, workshops, conference calls, briefings, and a lot of collective putting together of heads the City Council unanimously passed a landmark green building ordinance. Three hours later it was signed into law by the Mayor. Opinion
Apr 29, 2008   By Walker Wells
One of the many signs that green development and design is reaching a tipping point toward becoming business-as-usual, is the quantity of articles and writings on the subject in what might be considered "mainstream" land development publications. Case-in-point is the current Issue of Urban Land, the Green issue. This attention is a good thing, despite the growing need to ensure that developments that play the green card, truly do walk the talk.  Opinion
Apr 28, 2008   By Brent Toderian
<p>Newsweek profiles the most influential environmental leaders of the last century.</p>
Apr 28, 2008   Newsweek
<p>That's how many are expected to inhabit the world by 2050. Experts worry over looming food shortages.</p>
Apr 28, 2008   The Christian Science Monitor
<p>A former bus and rail yard in park-poor South Los Angeles will be converted into an "urban wetland park".</p>
Apr 27, 2008   The Los Angeles Times
<p>Vacant lots and underutilized dirt patches are the the romping grounds of a new breed of activists. Known as "guerrilla gardeners", groups of people all over the world are reclaiming their cities' public spaces and landscapes by planting seeds.</p>
Apr 27, 2008   The Guardian
<p>New earthquake hazard maps from the U.S. Geological Survey show increased earthquake risk areas beyond typical hotspots like California. Geologists say planners and local officials should react to the maps by updating building codes.</p>
Apr 26, 2008   Discovery
<p>The vast majority of LEED-certified green buildings in the U.S. are located in major cities, leading some to wonder whether there might be an inherent bias in LEED's standards.</p>
Apr 26, 2008   CoStar Group
<p>With rising sea levels and a penchant for ambitious new building ideas, Dubai is moving forward with plans to construct floating buildings and islands.</p>
Apr 25, 2008   NPR
<p>American Rivers has named the Catawba River--which spans both Carolinas--as America's Most Endangered River for 2008, citing rapid development and outdated water supply management as factors in its ranking.</p>
Apr 25, 2008   The State