Category: Eco-City

Lebanon’s Highest Point Turning Into Ski Resort

Lebanon’s Highest Point Turning Into Ski Resort

  Beginning summer 2017, Lebanon highest point will be ripped of its natural habitat and converted into a ski resort. This is a $500 million Realis Development project, a family owned company with shares in the Abu Dhabi finance company. The project will be built on a 420,000 m2 plot, and will include a hotel, club house, wellness-center, and entertainment […]

195 Countries to adopt COP21 Climate Change Agreement

195 Countries to adopt COP21 Climate Change Agreement

  A global climate conference on Saturday adopted an international accord aimed at transforming the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and slowing the pace of global warming. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius banged down his gavel to rapturous applause, signaling the deal was agreed by nearly 200 nations. Via Business Insider

Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

  A topic of discussion at Paris Climate Talk 2015 is Hillary Clinton’s 2009 pledge in Copenhagen that rich countries would provide $100 billion by 2020 to help poor countries with climate change. The funding will support projects such as transitioning to cleaner energy sources. An example is implementing a utility scale solar plant in India. Those two questions that […]

Splashiest Exhibit at Art Basel Miami is about Climate Change

Splashiest Exhibit at Art Basel Miami is about Climate Change

  At this year’s Art Basel Miami, Lars Jan created the Holoscenes exhibit regarding climate change. It consists of a 3,500-gallon Plexiglas tank that slowly fills with water with a women inside. Twelve tons of water are pumped into the tank over the course of a minute. The woman is holding a basket of persimmons, until it floats out of her hands, […]

Tragically Beautiful Exhibit Shows How Our Oceans Suffer

Tragically Beautiful Exhibit Shows How Our Oceans Suffer

  In Hawaii, “Never turn your back on the ocean” is a common adage — a warning for anyone who visits the beach. But when Sophie Thomas, a London-based designer, visited the remote Kamilo Beach on Hawaii’s Big Island in 2014, the phrase took on new meaning. Thomas couldn’t keep her eyes off the devastatingly littered shores. Thomas’s exhibit was […]

ToxicSites.us to Locate Superfund

ToxicSites.us to Locate Superfund

  Superfund sites are hazardous waste sites, and you probably don’t want to raise your kids or park your bounce house near them unless you’re pro-cancer. The first — and most famous — Superfund site was Love Canal, a neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y., where 22,000 tons of toxic waste were buried by Hooker Chemical Company and caused illnesses, miscarriages, […]

World’s Longest Glass Bridge

World’s Longest Glass Bridge

  The world’s longest glass bottom bridge just opened in Shiniuzhai Geological Park in China’s Hunan Province. The bridge will two side steel beams, a structural glass deck, handrails and side suspension cables, with the capacity to hold up to 800 people at a time. Each panel is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than regular glass. It’s called […]

Central Banker Climate Change Speech

Central Banker Climate Change Speech

     MFrom the New York Times: Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, declared that the warming climate presented major risks for the global economy and global financial stability, and that businesses and regulators needed to move more quickly to try to contain the potential economic damage even though it may seem uncertain and far off. “We […]

Oslo’s First Bee Highway

Oslo’s First Bee Highway

  30 – 40% of food requires pollination. There is a mutual dependence for agriculture on pollination as insects on agriculture for survival. According to the Guardian Oslo’s “bee highway” aims to give the insects a safe passage through the city, lined with relays providing food and shelter – the first such system in the world, according to the organizers. “We […]

Hidden West Village Rooftop

Hidden West Village Rooftop

  It’s been a winning week for the Village’s rooftops. First, a glorious, coveted cabin poised high above East 13th Street came to market, and now, Gothamist relays word of a bucolic rooftop cottage replete with porch and lawn at 719 Greenwhich Street. Color us jealous. The cottage belongs to David Puchkoff and Eileen Stukane, who live on the top […]

London Green Bridge Approved

London Green Bridge Approved

  Last year, the fabulous actor and green activist Joanna Lumley teamed up with the Pretty Terrific architect Thomas Heatherwick to imagine a gorgeous pedestrian bridge across the Thames in London. This November, the pedestrian Garden bridge spanning London’s River Thames won local-government approval. In the Guardian the bridge is described as “It will be like a tiara on the […]

New York’s “Big U” Climate Change Risk

New York’s “Big U” Climate Change Risk

  New York City, with a population fast approaching 9 million and vast cultural, historical, and financial resources, is fast approaching the danger zone for climate change. The city sits on a “Big U” shaped waterfront property. The OECD ranked New York City among the 10 cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels with 2.9 million people and $2.1 trillion […]

A Rescue Package for the Ocean

A Rescue Package for the Ocean

  The Global Ocean Commission, co-chaired by Jose Maria Figueres, has issued a groundbreaking new report that charts a course forward in our effort to protect this beautiful ecosystem. In September this year, the United Nations will begin discussing the future of the high seas and how they should be governed. We are polluting and depleting the ocean at a […]

TIME’s top 10 Green Changes of 2013

TIME’s top 10 Green Changes of 2013

  Below is a list from TIME: 10. The anti-genetically modified food movement gains momentum The food movement is powerful—just look at the number of farmer’s markets and Whole Foods shops in your area—but politically, it’s remained diffuse, unable to challenge the powerful mainsteam farming lobby. Instead, the food movement is flexing its muscles on another area: genetically modified foods […]

Canada Post Plans to End Home Deliveries Within 5 Years

Canada Post Plans to End Home Deliveries Within 5 Years

  Canada Post Corp. is one of the many postal agencies facing future financial losses as people abandon traditional mail to electronic communication. However, there still is a need to post offices especially as online shopping sales are increasing. Governments realize to avoid the post office turning into a burden for customers and taxpayers, they must make some changes. To […]

Largest NYC Solar Farm: Staten Island’s Freshkills Park

Largest NYC Solar Farm: Staten Island’s Freshkills Park

  New York’s landfill-turned-green space is getting the city’s largest solar array, a 10 megawatt system that will sit on 47 acres of Freshkills Park. Renewable energy was always part of the plan for the 2,200-acre site, and the city released an RFP for operators in March 2012. The new array in Staten Island, to be built and run by […]

Floating Iceberg the Size of Singapore in Southern Ocean

Floating Iceberg the Size of Singapore in Southern Ocean

  A 700 sq km iceberg that split from Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in Antarctica last July is now moving through the Southern Ocean. UK researchers following its movement said if this current iceberg follows the trajectory of previous ones, it will bring the Singapore-size floating island of ice into international shipping lanes. The iceberg comes from PIG, the longest […]

Pakistan Earthquake Creates New Island

Pakistan Earthquake Creates New Island

  A 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon at a depth of 20km (13 miles) north-east of Awaran, in Pakistan’d remote SW province. It damage includes a death toll of 328 people and many homes destroyed. The affected areas impacts about 300,000 residents. The mountainous terrain and loss of communications is hampering the rescue operation. However, a new surprise is […]

Las Vegas Venetian Hotel goes LED

Las Vegas Venetian Hotel goes LED

  Las Vegas has installed 42,000 new LED streetlights and is saving $2 million a year on reduced electricity bills and maintenance costs. The $2 million in annual savings goes to a special revenue fund to finance other green projects, including a 300 kW solar installation and renovation of a million square feet of public buildings to higher energy efficiency […]

Exhibit at Empire State Building

Exhibit at Empire State Building

  The Empire State Building had a $20 million award-winning energy retrofit project that was announced in April 2009, it’s quickly becoming a sustainability icon as well. Tomark this important process, which will reduce energy costs by $4.4 million, a sustainability exhibit was opened in the building’s second floor Visitor’s Center in 2010. Recently, the exhibit unveiled numerous audio-visual enhancements […]

Japan is Riskiest Place for Business

Japan is Riskiest Place for Business

  The study, by reinsurer Swiss Re, ranked 616 cities around the world based on the exposure of their population and economy to floods, storms, storm surges, earthquakes or tsunamis. Japan was the riskiest place to do business. Manila in the Philippines and the Pearl River Delta in China came second and third in the list of riskiest urban areas […]

Norwegian Town Using Mirrors to Lighten Up Winters

Norwegian Town Using Mirrors to Lighten Up Winters

  In the midst of five months of darkness this coming winter, the Norwegian town of Rjukan will have one bright spot: a town square illuminated by sunlight bounced off giant mirrors placed atop the town’s neighboring mountains. Call it a mood enhancer. Or a tourist attraction. But the three mirrors, which will be carried in via helicopter, will provide […]

Cuba’s 1st Solar Farm

Cuba’s 1st Solar Farm

  It’s like a vision of the space age, carved out of the jungle: Thousands of glassy panels surrounded by a lush canopy of green stretch as far as the eye can see, reflecting the few clouds that dot the sky on a scorching Caribbean morning. Cuba’s first solar farm opened this spring with little fanfare and no prior announcement. It […]

Africa’s Forbes 30 Under 30: Patrick Ngowi, Helvtic Solar Founder

Africa’s Forbes 30 Under 30: Patrick Ngowi, Helvtic Solar Founder

  For a 28 year-old Tanzanian who has built an $8 million (revenues) solar energy company, Ngowi has a remarkable story.  He is the CEO ofHelvetic Solar Contractors – a Tanzanian company that supplies, installs and maintains solar systems throughout the northern circuit of Tanzania. The company sells everything solar from photovoltaic (a.k.a. “solar”) panels and water heaters to battery banks, generators […]

Dolphin Carries Dead Calf on Her Back

Dolphin Carries Dead Calf on Her Back

  Whale watchers in Dana Point, Calif., witnessed an unexpected display on Tuesday when they saw a female dolphin carrying her dead calf on her back, according to KTLA-TV.Passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari saw the dolphin with something on her back supported by her dorsal fin, and before long identified it as a dolphin calf. “The […]

Endangered Smiling Baby Elephant

Endangered Smiling Baby Elephant

  The photo above has received thousands of up votes on Reddit, generating comments like, “I haz grass,” and, “The world needs more elephants.” The African elephant is the 3rd largest animal walking the Earth. Their herds wander through 37 countries in Africa. They are easily recognized by their trunks, used for communication and handling objects, as well as their […]

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi

  It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential – but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, officially inaugurated Shams 1, the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in the world. The plant was designed and developed by Shams Power Company, […]

Earth Hour 2013, 6 Year Anniversary

Earth Hour 2013, 6 Year Anniversary

  Tonight, at 8:30 pm local time, houses and commercial buildings all over the world suddenly went dark. No, it’s not a global power outage, it’s Earth Hour! Started in 2007, this annual event has become a worldwide phenomenon, educating people about the threat of climate change, and encouraging a commitment to more sustainable behavior. In a message to the […]

Brazil to Count Trees in Amazon

Brazil to Count Trees in Amazon

  Brazil is reportedly going to create a census of its rainforest trees by counting each in an attempt to better learn how to conserve its trees. The planned tree census, set to take four years. “Teams sent across Brazil’s 3,288,000 square miles, encompassing about half of the world’s remaining tropical forest, will sample about 20,000 points at 20-kilometer intervals,” reports […]

Masdar Developing Desalination Plants in UAE

Masdar Developing Desalination Plants in UAE

  Places throughout the world are facing a looming water crisis, including the hot, dry Middle East. Masdar, a UAE company, held a packed press conference late last week to announce its launch of three renewably-powered desalination pilot projects. The company will  explore ways to “harness natural resources, like solar, wind, geothermal.” Seawater desalination is considered one of the best ways […]