World

April 1, 2009, 6am PDT
Legendary gigantic lizard monster Godzilla has been named planning director for the city of Tokyo. Shortly after his appointment, Mr. Zilla revealed his urban renewal program by smashing through buildings and stomping across entire city blocks.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2009, 5am PDT
The public comment period at a recent planning commission meeting in Wheaton, Illinois was commandeered by resident Joann Davies, who aggressively demanded that a variety of land uses be approved in her neighborhood.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
March 30, 2009, 12pm PDT
This report from <em>KQED</em> radio looks at efforts to craft a replacement for the Kyoto Protocols.
KQED
March 29, 2009, 11am PDT
Global water shortages are an issue the Obama Administration will need to address, according to this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>.
Citiwire
March 28, 2009, 11am PDT
In response to the widening threat of climate change, the United Nations will release a note of suggestions that propose a dramatic change in global economic relations, tarriffs, and taxes, according to this piece from <em>Fox News</em>.
FOX News
March 27, 2009, 11am PDT
A new study has shown that city dwellers are less of a burden on the environment than those outside of city and metropolitan areas.
New Scientist
March 26, 2009, 4am PDT
While the number of private sector jobs shrinks, places with higher proportions of government workers are doing quite well. It's estimated that public servants will see wage increases of 2% or more this year.
Newsweek
March 25, 2009, 8am PDT
No work has been done on the Chicago Spire, the city's latest planned skyscraper, since the credit market froze up in January. A brief look at the blow to the building industry, in which joblessness is at a rate of 21.4%.
Reuters UK
March 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
The concept of 'emergence', in science refers to the way complex systems and patterns arise among groups without planned organization. Emergence is now being applied in interesting ways to study urban areas that evolved spontaneously.
Emergent Urbanism
March 23, 2009, 2pm PDT
Many of the iconic structures designed by 'starchitects' are extravagant in their use of materials and the energy required to assemble them, writes Jack Diamond.
The Globe and Mail
March 21, 2009, 5am PDT
A new British documentary looks back from the year 2055 to show how humanity gradually destroyed the planet.
AlterNet
March 20, 2009, 6am PDT
Paul Smalera sees in the the ghost towers of Bangkok a disturbing warning for economically distressed urban developments in the United States.
Slate
March 19, 2009, 10am PDT
Have high-speed rail stimulus funds put us any closer to technology like mag-lev? A long record of underfunding makes many of such projects shovel-unready, but hopes are still high.
Miller-McCune
March 18, 2009, 5am PDT
As the World Water Forum convenes in Istanbul, two new reports warn that water shortages will elevate to a global crisis within the next two decades, creating a problem even bigger than the current economic crisis.
The Independent
March 17, 2009, 11am PDT
Good green jobs are on the way - just not right away due to recession. Stimulus funds - not just from U.S. but many nations are investing in their economies by targeting renewable energy, smart electricity grids, energy efficiency, and more.
Financial Times - Business & The Environment
March 17, 2009, 6am PDT
A new sixty-minute TV documentary explains how maglev technology works, and covers the first major accident on a maglev track.
Parallax Film Productions
March 14, 2009, 9am PDT
CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) is an abbreviation that may become more common if the coal industry has its way. But The Economist argues that carbon taxes are a better way to improve the environment than investing in CCS technology.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
March 12, 2009, 2pm PDT
Metropolitan regions are the most important factors in supporting prosperous economies. For national economies to succeed, metropolitan regions must succeed, according to this article from the <em>Brookings Institution</em>.
The Brookings Institution
March 12, 2009, 9am PDT
This piece from <em>The Economist</em> looks at human-caused waste, how different economies generate it differently, and how they deal with it.
The Economist
March 12, 2009, 7am PDT
Treehugger recently heralded fuel-producing algae the hottest green technology going. GOOD Magazine takes a clear-eyed look at the promise and the pitfalls.
GOOD Magazine