City Lab published 10 maps that defined 2015

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

Water Resilience in Dry Climates

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

Organic Farming and Poverty: 12 Things to Know

those working in traditional agriculture. Organic Farming: 12 Things to Know Globally, organic agriculture has increased from $18 billion in 2000 to $64 billion in 2012. Organic food sales in Asia as a whole are expected to grow by 20% in the next 5 years. About 75% of the world's poorest

Creating climate-smart cities: 3 ways to incorporate health into urban planning

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