Posted on 08 July 2011 by Sustainability Digest
The Turkish Parliament. Photo: TBMM.
Are the foxes watching the hen house in Turkey? That seems to be the feeling among many environmentalists and urban planners, who greeted with skepticism the announcement Wednesday of the new Turkish government cabinet following elections in mid-June. The figures selected to head up top-level forestry and environment ministries are veterans of state agencies much-criticized for their aggressive dam-b…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 03 July 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Taxis in New York City photo by Bonnie Hulkower
With more than 50% of the world’s population currently living in cities and 70% of the world population expected to live in a city by 2050, neurologists are starting to map out the impact of living in cities on one’s mental health. City living has many virtues that have been extolled on this website, including some health benefits. Yet researchers say living in a city increases the risk of developing a mental disorder, including depression and schizophrenia, compared to people who live in non-urban areas.
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Posted on 25 June 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Dense urban development in Cairo (left) and Istanbul (right). Photos: reibai / Creative Commons (L) and Jennifer Hattam (R).
Rapid urban expansion has turned the historic cities of Cairo and Istanbul into overcrowded, Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 21 June 2011 by Sustainability Digest
There was a time when the Vectrix electric scooter looked set to make a serious contribution to low carbon transport. But then the recession hit. Despite the subsequent rebirth of Vectrix, and the occasional custom electric superbike gunning for sp…Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Posted on 16 June 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Image credit: Capital Bee
Kristin already reported on a campaign to plant 2012 gardens across London for the 2012 Olympics. As part of that campaign, the UK’s capital is also planning a major revival of urban beekeeping too. …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 03 April 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Image: 8 year old Kenzie Brown with her Science Project, photo from Josh Brown, Kenzie’s Father
We Affect Weather?
Do you ever have the feeling it always seems to rain on the weekends but not on the weekdays? So did 8 year old Kenzie Brown, of Phoenix, Arizona. But Kenzie did more than just curse nature’s folly for raining out the playtime but not the worktime. Kenzie put on her junior atmospheric scientist lab coat and went to work.
And guess what? Kenzie proved that, from 1949 through 2009, rainfall on weekends remained steady while rainfall on weekdays ha…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 24 October 2010 by Sustainability Digest
The Tel Aviv Port public space. Image: Mayslits Kassif Architects.
On Saturday mornings, I’ve gotten into the habit of going for a run by the Marmara Sea. The concrete path is worn, and follows a busy road, but the broad view out over the churning sea to the Asian side of the city is still rejuvenating. On the jagged rocks between the path and the water, amateur fishermen set up little camps, coolers and grills at the ready to enjoy the catch of the day, while young couples hold hands and gaze out at the sea. There’s something I like about how we’re all making the best of a f…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 21 August 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Amy Inouye sets up the Highland Park Book Booth. Photos via Good (left) and 90042 (right).
Turning a disused pay-phone booth into a community library has been done before. But Los Angeles-based artist Amy Inouye may be the first to break the process down into easy-to-follow steps that help answer the pressing questions of aspiring street librarians: Which of the many abandoned phone booths in my neighborhood should I choose? …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 27 June 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Credit: Jill Clardy.
You might say they’re tapped out, so they’re tapping in. More U.S. cities are phasing out bottled water from their budgets, according to a national survey released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Those surveyed say they’re switching to tap water instead because it’s fiscally and environmentally responsible. Either way, it’s a refreshing sign, and should be a nice kick in the wallet to the bottled water marketing c…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 22 June 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Images by B. Alter: Studio Mumbai Architects, In-Between Architecture
Architects love models and floor plans and drawings of their buildings, but most members of the public do not. They are too hard for the average person to visualize. In a delightful switch, the Victoria & Albert Museum invited seven architects to construct small buildings amidst the displays in the museum.
The V&A is a wonderful old Victorian museum with treasures in every nook and cranny. Called 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces, the architects have squeezed their little buildings in amon…Read the full story on TreeHugger