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City growth outpaces that of suburbs: new data

Posted April 16, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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  New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs.  This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up the countryside.  Not that...continued

Forging a New Global Partnership with Cities: Reflections from World Urban Forum

Posted April 16, 2014 by John Romano in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Last week, I joined thousands of city leaders from all around the world in Medellín, Colombia for the UN’s premiere showcase event for sustainable cities – the World Urban Forum. With the theme of “Urban Equity in Development – Cities...continued

Eight Energy-Saving Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Posted April 16, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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With Earth Day 2014 fast approaching (Tuesday, April 22), the 44th birthday of the modern environmental movement provides a great opportunity to take small, easy steps to shrink your carbon footprint at home and put money back into your pocket...continued

Let's Avoid Living Dangerously

Posted April 14, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The Showtime documentary series that began airing last night, “Years of Living Dangerously,” is a powerful reminder of why we need to act now to address climate change. More hurricanes, floods, droughts, intense storms, food scarcity—it’s all there in detail. ...continued

Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

Posted April 11, 2014 by Ben Chou in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Recent disasters in communities throughout the U.S. vividly illustrate that we’re increasingly at risk from flooding and drought events. Torrential downpours swept across the South earlier this week, causing at least one death and flooding numerous homes, streets, and businesses....continued

Environment and Sustainability in the Administration of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio (Part I)

Posted April 10, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably

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As New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio hits his 100th day in office, his administration’s approach to environmental issues and sustainability is beginning to take shape. To be sure, the first months of the Mayor’s term have been dominated by...continued

Los Angeles Bans Indiscriminate Snares and Traps

Posted April 10, 2014 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of traps that snare or grip coyotes, bears, foxes and other animals in the city and directing the Department of Animal Services to ensure that other types of traps...continued

The coolest urban trail you are likely to see

Posted April 10, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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  Something special is happening in Indianapolis, and it's transforming neighborhoods.  As I wrote in People Habitat, revitalization when done well is almost unparalleled in its ability to boost the “triple bottom line” of sustainability: a healthy environment, a healthy...continued

Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

Posted April 10, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Living Sustainably

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Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the...continued

The San Joaquin: One of America's most endangered rivers poised for a come-back

Posted April 10, 2014 by Monty Schmitt in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today, American Rivers released their 2014 list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the country.  The San Joaquin River sits at the very top of this list and unquestionably deserves this unfortunate distinction.  Diversion of over 70% of the...continued

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