How Much Are You ‘Smoking’ by Breathing Urban Air?

A new app can tell you (and it’s not pretty).   Have you ever wondered how many cigarettes you’re passively smoking while walking through the streets of a polluted, smog-infused city? No? Well, a pair of digital developers just invented an app that will definitely (and accurately) answer that question. (Attention, smokers: You might want…

Bogotá’s Bronx Is Barren, But Not for Long

Once home to crocodile pits where drug dealers disposed of victims, the Bronx in Bogotá awaits an ambitious revitalization and its few remaining residents face an uncertain future. “At 5am the police arrived. They kicked our doors down, and drove us out. We grabbed whatever we could carry, but we had to leave most of…

Berlin Just Canceled Its Airbnb Ban

The city will formally allow vacation rentals again, but there’s a strict new set of rules—and even tougher penalties.     Berlin’s “Airbnb ban” is over. The city’s assembly decided Thursday to overturn a law introduced in April 2016 that barred almost all landlords from letting their apartments to short-term visitors, enforced by a maximum…

4 Radical Real Estate Ideas To Fix Our Broken Housing System

In almost every community in the U.S., it’s clear that market-based housing is not affordable for the vast majority of people. Here are some radical alternative models that are–and that policymakers should consider as ways to make our cities and towns livable and equitable.         At the core of the American housing…

There Are Simply Not Enough Places For Low-Income Americans To Live

The rent is too damn high If you care about rising income inequality, you should care about housing affordability. What people pay in rent as a percentage of their incomes has a lot to do with whether they can invest in other parts of their lives, including education and training that allows them to move…

This College Wants To Be The First 100% Renewable Campus In The U.S.

 After a long process of implementing energy-efficiency measures and installing solar arrays and battery storage, Maui College is ready to cut ties with fossil fuels forever. BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI – Published March 19, 2018     In 2015, the state of Hawaii committed to converting 100% of its energy supply to renewables by 2045. It’s…

Can London Become a People-Centric Smart City?

 “That’s no easy step—it involves investment in human beings, not just systems,” says the city’s newly-appointed chief digital officer.   BY Tanvi Misra – Published March 19, 2018 In his speech at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, London Mayor Sadiq Khan cautioned the world about the perils of the ongoing tech revolution: Social media has…

‘Extraordinary’ month for Scottish renewable energy

Scotland had “another extraordinary month” for renewable energy in May, according to environmental groups.     Wind turbines alone provided enough electricity to supply 95% of Scottish homes. WWF Scotland analysed renewables data provided by WeatherEnergy. It also found that in several parts of Scotland, homes fitted with solar PV panels had enough sunshine to…

China and California sign deal to work on climate change without Trump

Governor Jerry Brown says president’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement will be only a temporary setback China and California have signed an agreement to work together on reducing emissions, as the state’s governor warned that “disaster still looms” without urgent action on climate change. The governor of California, Jerry Brown,…