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Eco-cities: Creating a Common Language

November 25, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Since the world woke up to the fact that the majority of the world’s population already lives in cities, it has been proclaimed that all cities should be built as eco-cities in order to improve the well-being and health of the whole world. In the past, cities have been planned, if at all, for all kinds of reasons: for military use, as marketplaces, for the glory of the rulers, or for the well-being of citizens.[read more]

Why Privatize Water?

November 20, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Humans can survive weeks without food, but only days without water — in some conditions, only hours. It may sound clichéd, but it’s no hyperbole: water is life. So what happens when private companies control the spigot? Evidence from water privatization projects around the world paints a pretty clear picture — public health is at stake.[read more]

Tool Looks to Address Future Water Needs of Urban Agriculture Operations

November 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Cities around the world are transforming blight into gardens, turning bleak rooftops into greenspace, and using empty buildings for vertical farming. But will this upsurge in urban agriculture create even more demand for water?[read more]

World of Water: Rain and Flooding Across the Globe [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 18, 2015 by Joe Struggles

Following a weekend of heavy flooding across the UK, pump and dehumidifier manufacturers Andrews Sykes looks into the world's worst floods while offering advice on protecting and protocol when you're effect by flood.[read more]

Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action

November 17, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Goals help provide our everyday lives with structure, and operate similarly at the institutional level, offering organizations a low cost method of encouraging motivation, communication and accountability. In short, goals help organizations to achieve a variety of ends—including the reduction of energy waste.[read more]

Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities

November 11, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

According to the World Bank’s data, approximately 73 percent of Turkey’s population now lives in cities; and in 2030, this percentage is expected to exceed up to 80 percent. As the nation’s people migrate to cities, they continue to fill roads, jobs, houses, parks, and bring their personal vehicles. A lot of this growth is good, contributing to industry, new construction, improved transportation, and increased demand for food and energy which stimulate the economy.[read more]

How Cities Can Avoid Carbon Lock-In

November 10, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Lock-in refers to the expected use of carbon-intensive, long-term holdings, such as infrastructure.[read more]

Indiana Urban Farm Takes Whole Lifestyle Approach to Local Food

November 9, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

For the past seven years, the work of Growing Places Indy has evolved to include a winter farmers’ market, yoga classes, a summer apprenticeship program, educational offerings, and several urban farm sites.[read more]

Banking on Success: New Orleans' Water Plan

November 6, 2015 by Metropolitan Planning Council

New Orleans is a water city located between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. It’s also surrounded by wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico. The majority of the city sits below sea level and floods often occur due to dated water technology and natural forces.[read more]

In Vino Veritas: The Truth About Water And Wine

November 5, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Like many other industries, winemaking is evolving toward more eco-responsible solutions, and winemakers are taking action to gain more knowledge, share their findings and innovate viable tactics to reduce their water footprint.[read more]

Meet Your Neighbors, Change the World

November 2, 2015 by Shareable .

She’s lived in the same house for three years and trades produce over the fence with one of her neighbors, but doesn’t know many of her other neighbors. But with the arrival of a new baby, my friend yearns for the sort of neighborhood she grew up in—where everyone looks out for each other –and is wondering how to go about building relationships with more of her neighbors.[read more]

Brazil is Ramping up Support of Electric Vehicles

Indeed, while there are a plethora of alternatives to gasoline vehicles available—including electric vehicles produced entirely within Brazil to imported, new technology—they remain largely remain expensive and inaccessible in Brazil. Two recent initiatives, however, are working to decrease the cost of newer vehicles and increase the numbers of vehicles running on electricity.[read more]