Silicon Valley’s company towns are doomed

Facebook and Google want to build planned communities. A brief spin through history shows why this is a bad idea. Willow Village is a community planned for a 59-acre site in California’s Silicon Valley, between Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. It will have housing, offices, a grocery store, a pharmacy, and its developers say,…

Madrid Takes Its Car Ban to the Next Level

Starting in November, the city will make clear that downtown streets are not for drivers. The days when cars could drive unhindered through central Madrid are coming to a close. Following an announcement this week, the Spanish capital confirmed that, starting in November, all non-resident vehicles will be barred from a zone that covers the…

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…

The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles

Last year, bike sharing took off in China, with dozens of bike-share companies quickly flooding city streets with millions of brightly colored rental bicycles. However, the rapid growth vastly outpaced immediate demand and overwhelmed Chinese cities, where infrastructure and regulations were not prepared to handle a sudden flood of millions of shared bicycles. Riders would…

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…

WHY CITIZENS (NOT SHOPPERS) HOLD THE KEY TO A BETTER WORLD

I want to re-circulate this video from The Story of Stuff Project and encourage you all to take the quiz to see what role can you play in changing the world’s economy.   “Over the past several decades, many environmental and social change efforts have come to reflect the centrality of shopping in our culture, suggesting…

‘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…

Wind Project in Wyoming Envisions Coal Miners as Trainees

  Goldwind Americas, an arm of a leading wind-turbine manufacturer based in China, has been expanding its business in the United States. It has been careful to seek out local, American workers for permanent jobs on the wind farms it supplies. Now it is trying to extend that policy to an unlikely place: Wyoming, which…

How Squirrels Took over Our Cities

We imported these fluffy colonists to fill our urban parks. They’ve been getting stronger ever since Written by COLLEEN KIMMETT and published in The Walrus the 23th of May 2017 Last summer, Colin Garroway, a biology professor at the University of Manitoba, walked ­into his lab to find his graduate students drinking beer and sewing tiny “straitjackets”—conical bags…

How Climate Change Denial Set the Stage for Fake News

I wasn’t worried when the newspaper I worked for started publishing “climate skeptics.” I should have been Written by JONATHAN KAY and published in The Walrus the 1st of May 2017 The website truetrumpers.com recently ran an image of a hospitalized senior citizen along with the following garbled caption: “BREAKING: This is 78 years old Trump supporter…