A cartographic tour through the year’s biggest stories. 1) All the ways to Cuba It was December 2014 when President Barack Obama announced the U.S. would restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, ending more than half a century of economic embargo and political stalemate between the two countries. As a result, throughout
A community-led approach is key to the success of any placemaking project. Project for Public Spaces believes this so strongly that the very first tenet listed in our 11 principles for creating great public spaces is: “The community is the expert.” So how does this community process actually work? Engaging with this issue
Paris/New Delhi: India strongly voiced its concern over the new draft released yesterday at COP21 summit, saying "a durable agreement cannot be crafted by putting the polluters and the victims at the same level". The revised draft incorporated new recommendations but key issues were still unresolved, which include common but differentiated
How can cities in dry climates become self-sufficient in terms of water? California based Dry Lands Institute is creating a digital design tool called Hazel that aims to address just that. daveynin / Flickr The technology builds on previous public- and private sector-funded research to maximize low-carbon localized water supply; shape water-smart
We are already feeling the effects of climate change. The environmental impacts are clear, and the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others, have long drawn attention to related health impacts: It is increasing food and water insecurity, the prevalence of water- and vector-borne diseases, and our exposure
A highly critical article suggests that the experts drafting climate adaptation plans should re-evaluate their assumptions about what works and what is likely to collect dust on a shelf as the sea rises. Mark Gibbs reports on the challenges of adapting to sea level rise as a consequence of climate change.