December 10, 2015, 6am PST
In a special "Energy for Tomorrow" report, The New York Times looks at "clean city rankings" of energy efficiency and land use. But ranking cities is no easy task—"winners on one list may appears as sinners on another."
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
December 9, 2015, 1pm PST
How can cities in dry climates become self-sufficient in terms of water? California based Dry Lands Institute is creating a digital design tool called Hazel that aims to address just that.
December 9, 2015, 11am PST
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a planner? Check out these new map books.
December 9, 2015, 10am PST
The COP21 talks in Paris won't take on transportation directly, "the world’s fastest-growing energy-based contributor to greenhouse gases," writes David Jolly for The New York Times. Electric vehicles and fuel efficiency face formidable challenges.
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
December 8, 2015, 11am PST
Planning wonks might have felt all warm inside when they noticed zoning topics wedging their way into broader conversations about community affordability and equity. Bring it on. Finally.
December 6, 2015, 5am PST
Of the 7.3 billion people living on the planet, one in every 12 owns a bike. Despite appearances, however, that number has not increased much in recent years.
December 4, 2015, 11am PST
Writing in The Guardian's Bike Blog, Peter Walker has an important message for the 40,000 delegates from 195 nations gathered in Paris for the COP21 talks: Don't discount the carbon-reducing, planet-saving potential of the bicycle.
December 4, 2015, 9am PST
Brazil is rethinking it's approach to water infrastructure. Brazilian think-tank Arq Futuro and Arup's Pablo Lazo give their take on the state of South America's most populous country.
December 3, 2015, 10am PST
"Humanitarians are conditioned to think about people, urban planners are conditioned to think about how the place affects people."
International Rescue Committee
December 1, 2015, 10am PST
We would do well to withhold our praise of another seemingly new composite index such as the Social Progress Index.
November 30, 2015, 11am PST
World leaders are meeting in Paris this week for the United Nation's COP21 talks. But what exactly are the main topics of discussion?
November 30, 2015, 10am PST
President Obama left for Paris on Sunday to partake in the climate talks known as COP21. Coral Davenport of The New York Times looks at the legacy implications for the president stemming from his commitment to fighting climate change.
The New York Times - Politics
November 23, 2015, 8am PST
"We're investing in walkability," always sounds like an encouraging tagline from local governments...or does it?
November 23, 2015, 6am PST
This blog is part of the World Resources Report (WRR) series. The WRR looks at cities as drivers of economic and social opportunity, and simultaneously as areas with concentrations of poverty, environmental degradation, and inequality.
November 19, 2015, 8am PST
The mode share for bikes in urban environments around the world currently sits around 6 percent. A new report out of a university located in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country quantifies the benefits of 10 percent mode share.
November 14, 2015, 7am PST
If a Seattle company gets its way, in a few years there will be 100 floating wind turbines about 15 miles off San Luis Obispo County on the central California coast, generating about 1 gigawatt of electricity.
November 11, 2015, 2pm PST
Rankings from the International Association of Public Transport have Tokyo on top, followed by Beijing and Shanghai. New York comes in seventh.
November 11, 2015, 9am PST
A production-side approach to tackling climate change is the basis of new legislation by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). The "Keep it in the Ground Act" would prevent new drilling for any fossil fuel on federal lands or renewal of nonproductive leases.
Sen. Jeff Merkley Press Release
November 10, 2015, 7am PST
Research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate recommends an emissions reduction program that might pay off big in the long term. Inter-city exchange and transit planning are key strategies.
November 9, 2015, 8am PST
The World Economic Forum offers a reminder of just how drastically things could change, and soon, in cities.