World

March 2, 2009, 8am PST
Population centers the world around are caught in the grips of devastating droughts. Though temporary conditions, their increasing frequency should be a call to water-saving action, writes Tom Englehardt.
Mother Jones
February 28, 2009, 7am PST
This piece ponders whether slum tourism in places like Dharavi and the favelas of Brazil is a valid form of cultural exchange or merely voyeuristic exploitation?
National Geographic Traveler
February 25, 2009, 1pm PST
If the government bails out banks, it also better put aside money for structural reform that ensures the proper valuation of property. According to Elena Panaritis, a housing market driven by speculation catalyzed the recession in the first place.
Guardian
February 24, 2009, 2pm PST
As climate change takes the form of higher sea levels and environmental disasters, millions of "ecomigrants" across the world have been on the move to find more environmentally habitable places.
The Washington Post
Feature
February 23, 2009, 1pm PST
Managing Editor Tim Halbur selects his favorite books for designing and planning public spaces.
Tim Halbur
February 23, 2009, 12pm PST
An architecture student's entry in a design contest sponsored by BMW proposes a new form of living space, utilizing new synthetic skins to build flexible living areas.
The Boston Globe
February 23, 2009, 7am PST
This info-graphic from <em>Good</em> compares subways an rapid transit rail systems from around the world, by track miles and ridership.
Good
Feature
February 23, 2009, 5am PST

Transit agencies spend a lot of money to make money. In many cases, the amount spent equals or even surpasses the amount they bring in from fares. So why charge them at all?

Dave Olsen
February 22, 2009, 9am PST
The world is facing a water crisis, and existing development and management practices are only making it worse. This interview with water expert Peter Gleick looks at what's being done wrong and how it can be done right.
The Nation
February 18, 2009, 9am PST
A new study shows that walks in the park are more beneficial than those on city streets, in terms of memory and attention. The natural scenery requires less direct attention, so it's sharper when needed next.
The McGill Tribune
February 18, 2009, 7am PST
NASA's James Hansen takes his global warming message to England, telling them in no uncertain terms that they must stop their reliance on coal-derived electricity. He dismisses 'clean coal' and even 'carbon caps' if coal plants continue to operate.
The Observer
February 16, 2009, 1pm PST
Nobel laureate and new Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu is interviewed on what it will take to solve the climate change crisis - three major technological improvements plus carbon pricing. While no fan of coal, he acknowledges improvements are needed.
The New York Times
February 16, 2009, 5am PST
Cellulosic ethanol - biofuel produced from non-edible plant material - has been 'five years out' for a long time. Obstacles remain to mass production, but a handful of producers are up and running.
The Christian Science Monitor
February 13, 2009, 11am PST
In this thorough piece from <em>The Atlantic</em>, Richard Florida looks at the economic crisis facing the world, how it's affecting cities and regions, and how it will have a lasting effect on the U.S. -- in both good and bad ways.
The Atlantic
February 13, 2009, 10am PST
Daniel Sperling, author of "Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability" talks to Jon Stewart about the future of plug-in hybrid, fuel cell and electric vehicles [Video].
The Daily Show
February 12, 2009, 2pm PST
In a speech in Houston on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi expressed concern that too much emphasis on alternative energies would mean lack of funding for oil investments.
International Business Times
February 12, 2009, 8am PST
This article's author reports his and economist Matthew Kahn's recent findings on metropolitan areas and carbon emissions. As it turns out, living in a high density area is one of the best things one can do for the environment.
The DC Examiner
February 10, 2009, 9am PST
Korean photographer Hosang Park's recent series exposes tiny, unknown 'parks' that are attached to housing developments around the world.
BLDBLOG
February 9, 2009, 9am PST
Charles Platt uses CIA Factbook data on populations to create a visual representation of how much land there is per person in different nations.
BoingBoing
February 9, 2009, 5am PST
For decades, people have been talking about how driverless cars would make highway traffic a thing of the past. Randal O'Toole asks, where are they?
The Antiplanner