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Hazel Borys chronicles an Arctic expedition adventure, rife with environmental insights. If you ever wondered what it felt like in the olden days to receive dispatches from explorers off in distant mysterious lands, maybe it felt something like this.
Yesterday   PlaceShakers
The headline from Quartz doesn’t hold back: "Renewable energy just had its best year ever."
Jun 27, 2015   Quartz
Pope Francis, sticking to his job description, is out to save the world and all its creatures. Maybe we can help in our own little universes, where we can influence planning and design that makes for swell places and for reduced contributions to GHG.
Jun 25, 2015   PlaceShakers
Earlier in June, Google announced the creation of an "urban innovation company" called Sidewalk Labs. One writer explains the genesis of the company as well as its potential for the future of how cities operate.
Jun 25, 2015   Pacific Standard
Governments must take correction actions to address climate change, warned Pope Francis in his June 18 encyclical, but cap-and-trade, which places a price on carbon emissions but can lead to speculation, is not one of them.
Jun 22, 2015   San Francisco Chronicle
Pope Francis's unprecedented focus on climate change and the environment includes strong messages for planners and designers of the built environment.
Jun 19, 2015   The New York Times
Honda announced that low gas prices contributed to low demand for the Civic Natural Gas, the only compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered car for sale, the Civic Hybrid, and their first plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, the Accord.
Jun 18, 2015   Wall Street Journal
A new study finds evidence of the benefits of green space for the cognitive development of children.
Jun 18, 2015   The Atlantic
Urban planners need to go beyond environment and stakeholder input, taking a stronger role in the development of new technologies to design new urban futures rather than relying on software engineers.
Jun 17, 2015   Humanitarian Space
Do we ever reach a point as a community wherein our problems are behind us? Sorry, but no. If anything, it gets more complicated.
Jun 15, 2015   PlaceShakers
In a mover that came to a surprise to United Nations observers, the international body reached agreement on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD+, initiative.
Jun 15, 2015   Grist