Category: Eco-City

Seattle’s Amazon Botanical Spheres

Seattle’s Amazon Botanical Spheres

  Tech industries are expressing themselves through buildings. Amazon’s real estate director said “We wanted to do something that was not only great for employees, but for the city as whole.” On Amazon’s new $4 Billion urban campus, they built 3 interconnected spheres with trees, waterfalls, and treehouses. To bring this project to life, a full time horticulturist, Ron Gagliardo, […]

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 […]